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Times RomanTTimes Roman Posts: 2
edited 09/12/2015 - 9:17 AM in New Member Introductions
G'day Mates

Long time lower back pain sufferer (25 years or so) due to bone spurs. Health nut and Gym Rat, 50+ years old. About 230lbs at 16% BF. Been cutting back gym frequency and intensity, now down to 4 days/week. As I've been lifting since about 12 years old, having to reduce effort at the gym is dis heartening.

Pain treatments include

Alleve - twice daily, last several years (I take way too much)
Morphine - intermittently for a few years
Acupuncture - once a week for almost a year
Chiro - none - insurance (Kaiser) doesn't cover
RF Back procedure - twice now
Cortisone - none (my choice) due to risk of bone thinning
Tens Unit - no relief
Inversion Table - no relief

MRI confirms the bone spurs which trigger the arthritis

Looking for surgery options. Kaiser will provide the RF Injection, but doesn't last but only for a few months, and doesn't treat the root of the problem. Kaiser is really not wanting to remove the bone spurs. I have a high threshold for pain, and regularly work through the pain. Kaiser's perception when they see a fairly muscular guy like me is that the pain must be manageable otherwise how could I manage the gym? What they don't realize is that I refuse to not go to the gym, as if an admission to my own "mortality" somehow. So I stubbornly continue going.

Anyways, I'm here to learn. I'd like to accept Kaisers offer to consult with a surgeon here soon, but want to learn all I can first so I can have an intelligent discussion without them trying to intimidate me into NOT wanting the surgery.

Open to all ideas and suggestions

Bone spurs treatment options

Times Roman


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