My name is Addison, I'm 20 years old, and I have three very large herniated discs at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1. I have shooting/throbbing pain down my legs, I am currently on a waiting list for water therapy to help get some weight off, and I have had three epidural injections where the last two have failed to improve my pain. I want a future in Law Enforcement where I can be the next female officer in the town I'm in, run, and be physical, but sometimes even walking hurts. Have you ever read the stories where someone was picking apples one day and when they bent over, all of a sudden, their back pain was gone? Is that only meant to happen to some people? Just like these injuries do?
Anyway, I went to see a chiropractor and I qualified for the director's program that involves a machine called a DRX9000. It is used for Spinal Decompression, which I guess is different than traction. But the treatment is going to be around $10,000. I guess if you're really that desperate you should do it, but I don't want to be taken advantage of. I have read that some people have relief and some people say it is a scam, saying that traction and Spinal Decompression are the same thing. I've also looked at surgery as a last resort, but what if that is right around the corner? I can't keep basing my thoughts off of "what if" but I am so disappointed with myself and my spine and I just want to fix it.
I'm at a loss guys. I don't want to be in a wheelchair and waste my life away when I can prevent that and nip this in the bud. Can anyone give me their insights?
AddisonInsights and Advice About Herniated DiscsAM I too Young???