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thoughts on spinal decompression

roninfla56rroninfla56 Posts: 1
edited 09/29/2015 - 2:06 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i have just been diagnosed with herniated discs in my lumbar region. i haven't been able to walk upright or do anything but exist for about 5 weeks.
my chiropractor suggests spinal decompression before going for surgery. this is all new to me as i was completely healthy before.
what are the thought as to the decompression? am i just wasting time and money ? oh yeah....i have no insurance! i was covered by my wifes employer. she retired about a month before this happened. ( i'm self employed...but now can't work.)
any advise is appreciated.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 995
    edited 09/30/2015 - 8:09 PM
    Dear Ron...

    There are lots of options today for treating back pain. The non-surgical decompression is a reasonable first option... it's easy, it's cheap, and it's non-invasive. If this doesn't give you relief you might consider ESI (Epidural Steroid Injections) as these are also non-invasive and sometimes work well for some people. If you are still suffering then you might want to consider a mico-discectomy which is a fancy way of saying cut away the bulging portion of your disc that is pinching your nerve roots. This is a minimally invasive surgery and can give very good results in some people. Beyond the discectomy there is the more radical fusion surgery which you read so much about on this site, but it is best to try the less invasive options before going down this road.

    My advise is read as much as you can to get yourself educated... beyond this site I use Wikipedia a lot, it's usually quite clear, easy to read, and shows different options, etc... for each subject. ALWAYS get a second opinion... find a doctor/surgeon you are comfortable with... this really KEY as some doctors can be "all knowing and always right" if you know what I mean. Like you I was totally clueless when my back problems first started but now several years later and two surgeries I'm more informed and feel more comfortable with my treatment and treatment options. I'm NOT a doctor so don't take this a professional advise... just my opinion from my experiences.

    Good luck with finding relief... it's what we all want.

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