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Stem cells and chronic pain

Not sure if I'm posting this question in the right area?

Has anyone looked into stem cell therapy as a means of dealing with chronic back pain?

God knows I'm sick of opiates, the buckets full of various pills & specialists who think that you can shoo the pain away.....

I hope that your all doing ok today.

Kind regards

Rob

More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,760
    is that it is a possible way to slow down Osteoarthritis. Right now, there is no cure for Osteoarthritis., for Rheumatoid Arthritis, there is medicine t manage and control it.

    My therapist gave me an article about how platelets are withdrawn from you body, put into a centrifugal device and injected back into the affected areas. I am sure interested, since Osteoarthritis has already taken both my shoulders and hips.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • thing has been thrown around the spinal cord injury forums for some years now, and the last that I read, while there were lots of promises made, little progress was shown from those who actually went overseas to undergo the procedures and it cost them thousands of dollars in wasted time and efforts.
    I looked into it myself when my first onset of CES was diagnosed to see if there was some way to restore some of what I lost, but the more I looked into it, the less enthused I became because of all of those who did undergo various forms of treatments only to wind up much less financially stable, and left with a bunch of empty promises.
    There may come a day when our technology has advanced enough to be able to program those stem cells to do what they are supposed to do, but I don't believe that that advancement has come as of now.
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  • Many thanks for your comments.

    I'm seeing the person who is heavily involved in the research and treatments in Australia. I read on his website that a police officer had major pain, got medically discharged, had the stem cell treatment and got back in doing light duties. Better than sitting at home and popping pills like I do.

    I'd roll around in chimpanzee poo if I thought it might help with constant and debilitating pain.

    Thanks again.
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
  • Just please, before you invest a ton of money, and pin your hopes in this as a treatment option, do tons of research , there are far too many of these websites and promises of a "cure" for spine problems, and other conditions out there, that do nothing more than take your money and then leave you out to dry once the money is gone.
    Don't believe everything you read on a website or those so called testimonials posted on them...if they can't back it up with bona-fied medical studies showing their miraculous results, that are published in medical journals- think twice.
  • Hi Sandi

    Many thanks for your message. I greatly appreciate your advice. Yep, snake oil still exists.

    I understand that there is a lot on the Internet that is simply nonsense.

    I can't help but wonder why the pharmaceutical industry isn't a fan of this therapy - maybe it's a direct threat to the zillions they make off sick people?

    The facility that I'm looking at has actually treated people free of charge. I know the principal personally and he's not a man chasing fame and fortune (he already has the $) but is genuinely concerned with the well being of others.

    Anyone who is prepared to put their own money into researching medical improvements (and is a genuine medical doctor) for broken people like me, gets my attention.
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
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  • Bad back Rob, I have also been questioning this. I have been on narcotics and yesterday I heard some comment about my future being a morphine pump, so I am desperate to find an alternative.
  • Many thanks for the replies and thoughts.

    When you can't move and your spine is held together by steel, snake oil salesman unfortunately grab my attention.

    I know that I'm broken, but, I just want to be a little pain free. Ain't gonna happen, me thinks.
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
  • You are not alone, I looked into every "option " out there, after my first surgery went south, like I said from stem cells, to some little gadget that I read about that they developed that was supposed to be so tiny that they could implant it in the spinal cord and each nerve would be placed between these paper like separations....and it was magically supposed to give you the ability to walk....
    I do understand, when our surgeries don't go the way we are told, or there are complications, expected or not, there is a part of us that fights and is willing to do just about anything to get back what we had.....all while we are kicking ourselves for where we are....
    Things do get better, over time.......and sometimes it is a lot of time, but even today, 8 years after my first surgery, I still see minor improvements in the pain.
  • A few years ago I looked into stem cell sites that promised just about every cure you would need, including back and spinal cord injuries. At the time my wife was seeing a world renowned neurologist for her cerebellar Ataxia. I had a lengthy discussion about stem cells. He said there was no known cure for any of the claims these places were making, mostly coming from China. It cost $30,000 plus American dollars. Patients left thinking there was big improvement, mostly because thats what they wanted to believe, and these patients went home and ended up as bad as they were before and a lot poorer in the process.

    Dick
    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • What you posted about what was I was referring to in my earlier cautionary posts........there are lots of companies out there, who promise the moon when it comes to what stem cells can and can not do, and they take thousands of dollars, put the patient through intensive physical therapy while they are there, and call any sensation a "sign" of impending "cure".....
    It's sad that there are places willing to take someone's money and hope , and then scam them but they are all over the world from what I researched back then.
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