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  • srahimissrahimi Posts: 1
    edited 06/13/2013 - 2:07 PM
    Being proactive about finding good doctors is important and everyone here is has given good advice. Having said that I've found that doctors (busy as they typically are) can only put so much energy into delivering consistent help with your pain. I've written a few of things that helped me a great deal while I was at the peak of dealing with my disc herniation issues a few years back (coincidentally also due to a progressive work-related injury at three points along my spine.)

    -Eating very spicy food if you can manage (the endorphin rush from the capsacin helps. I'm pretty much addicted to Thai pepper at this point.)
    -Stretching/mobility exercises performed daily (guided by a professional physical therapist.) Especially for progressive injuries you have to strengthen the weaker parts of your back.
    -Meditation (calms the mental components of pain, though maybe not practical when you are in bad pain)
    -Moist Heat (A hot rubber water bottle on my neck every night when I slept for one month helped get rid of 30% of my neck pain)
    -TENS devices (They sell them online. I was given a TENS device by a chiropractor after two years of visiting doctors and cycling through solutions. It changed my life, basically giving me a knob to control my pain level. I like the TENS 3000 version best, which I think is on Amazon.)

    Be as firm with your worker's compensation counterparts as you can, you deserve whatever care you need especially as a government worker.
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