A Walton wrote:There are some pretty long posts in this thread that argue various fine points of diet. IMO this situation is pretty simple. Paul needs to lose some weight.
Matu Collins wrote:
A Walton wrote:
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
In the short term, marijuana and alcohol can be useful for soothing temporary aches and pains.
Ugh no! marijuana maybe but alcohol promotes inflammation.
I think, from many previous discussions, that Paul would not be very interested in either.
paul wheaton wrote:art.
Mike Wong wrote:As for surgery, I'm afraid the doctor is wrong about surgery being very successful. Spinal surgery of any kind is very risky and has maybe a 50% success rate (I don't have a reference for that but it is roughly true). Anyway, a radiculopathy is a self-limiting problem provided the right management plan is followed.
This kind of problem is usually caused or triggered by poor posture and heavy labour. The head forward posture causes increased compression of the lower cervical vertebral discs, and over a long-term period can cause disc prolapse and/or irritation of the neural tissue. Working on stretching out your front (chest and shoulders back) and strengthening your back and core (yoga or pilates) would be helpful in remedying this. Losing some weight would also help, but I'm sure you'll be on top of that with all the advice you've been given already!
Anyway, hope that helps and I wish you a speedy recovery.
Chadwick Holmes wrote:I find myself wondering if one of those inverting deals would help relieve pressure, like the kind you strap your ankles in and hang upside down......even if it's temporary relief I bet it would be worth it.....?