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Paul has cervical radiculopathy (from a bulging disc) - advice?  RSS feed

 
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Thanks a bunch, Paul, for sharing your personal experience... very valuable ;)  (Oh, and might add:  time and rest ;)
 
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Glad that offered you some relief...so no supplement, treatment or drug proved helpful, I am so sorry, I truly feel your pain.  I will stick with the triple threat of chiro, massage, and then two days later, accupuncture unless the Doc finds something in the CAT scan.  Thanks.
 
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Thanks for sharing with us.. great information
 
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So sorry you're going through this, Paul.

Western medicine has plenty of strikes against it, but there is no better set of tools than the ones you have described: the x-ray, MRI, fMRI. All the turmeric infusions in the world are not going to get you an MRI.

I can almost explain what magnetic resonance imaging is and how it works, but that's a far cry from what needs to happen.

Go to a hospital, and simply have the tests done. They may be bastards, but they're practical bastards. A lot of hospitals won't chase after someone with no provable income, people below the poverty line.

Just go in a show them plainly that you haven't got money, and it is possible they will slash the bill deeply.
Perhaps in Missoula there is an equivalent of what we have here in San Antonio called Carelink, by University Hospital.  This is a special one-hospital system only program where medical services are rendered to people who have no way to pay for them, by people going to medical school to do this. That's the exchange. But every floor is overseen by a real doctor who is also their teacher.

I have been very grateful to them in the past.
 
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old topic by the way... so what helped the most Paul? (i did not read the whole thread maybe it was mentioned)

edit: i think permaculture is better medicine than.... medicine

edit: just started reading back through the thread...
the inflatable neck brace is awesome!
 
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nancy sutton wrote:Thanks a bunch, Paul, for sharing your personal experience... very valuable ;)  (Oh, and might add:  time and rest ;)



I'm not Paul, but in reply to folks wondering what worked and what didn't work, a large part might be what Nancy wrote:  time and rest.

Thankfully, Paul did recover and has been up and very mobile since mid-2016.

There were some neck stretching and support devices in the early months that helped (a cervical collar - the foam kind you see folks wear for whiplash - was probably the simplest/best), though he was advised not to rely on those too much, otherwise the neck and shoulder muscles could atrophy. Once the prescription med that helped ease the pain best was on board, Gabapentin (sp?), a nerve medication originally developed for seizures, the neck devices didn't seem to make that much difference and were no longer used. Paul only took that med for a few months, and was able to easily and quickly drop it when the pain and his mobility improved (contrary to some warnings we received). We/I worked very hard to feed Paul an anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense, healing diet from the beginning, with the goal of 4 cups of veggies in each meal, three meals a day. It was a goal, not very often reached, and one that I still strive for.

These are my observations, of course, as Paul's partner and caretaker (with some other awesome support from Sharla, Sara, and others, too!) during that time. Paul's thoughts might differ a bit from mine on what worked.

 
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