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

 
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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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This is my first posting here.

Regarding back pain, I would like to add the following, this is from my forum, which is (optically) at least as brown as yours :
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1.) get your atlas fixed http://www.atlantotec.com/en (most important step, most people are affected by an Atlas misalignment "thanks" to the highly unnatural birth posture most women use nowadays, this reduces the birth canal by 30% (see naturesplatform.com, gynecological section), this forces doctors to apply force to get the baby out, this shifts the atlas, later the bones get hard and this person will then have a misaligned atlas probably for the rest of his or her life, if this makes any symptoms is dependent on the graveness of the misalignment),
2.) buy a good inversion table
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=inversion&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ainversion
(dont forget to use it as well )
3.) Get the rene quinton seawater ampullas (from the french pharmacy at http://anonym.to?http://www.purepara.com/fr/complements-alimentaires/26922-quinton-hypertonic-30-ampoules-3401565989262.html ) to refill the vertebral disc fluid
4.) try a kneeling chair, for example "varier balans"
5.) If you have sciatic pain, try the exercises at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbZzeO4P9YA, they should help immediately!
You should also try squatting (as already mentioned in the earthing section, see http://naturesplatform.com):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGXP_FH5TF4
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Another factor is btw natural radiation fields at the sleeping place, aka if you cannot dowse / divine I suggest you go and get someone who can. Or ask your dog or cat, cats search radiation and sleep there, dogs flee radiation and sleep at radiation free places if they can. So, if you are lieing on a water vein, this WONT BE GOOD for your long term health. You can also see this phenomenon in nature and in times past you could see it on walls, "old walls" have another composition and this is the reason why you can optically see "flame like"-discoloring which gets caused by water in there because the water is kept there by the radiation field of the water vein. This looks very interesting, dont have pictures though. I am german and have german literature about all this.
 
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Sharla Kew wrote:On the Brosh pain scale (attached), he's been hanging out in the 6 to 10 zone.
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I'm sorry to hear about Paul's condition. Not to make light of it, but laughter is always good medicine. I laughed out loud at the 7-12 illustration: it describes intense pain so well!

I experience what is probably a similar condition due to curvatures in my spine and especially in my neck, in my case. I may also have a hairline neck fracture.

My symptoms include muscle spasms in the neck at the base of my skull where the tendons attach. The pain usually comes when I stand to cook or do the dishes.

Computer work aggravates the condition. The exercises help to strengthen my core muscles, which may also help with Paul's condition.

I also do some gentle neck rolls, tilting head down, back up then tilt head to look at one ormbit and then the other and returning to normal upright head position in between, and tilting head ears to shoulders and return. Just relaxing and letting the weight of the head do the work. Sometimes, pressing on the attachment points where the tendons meet the base of my skull helps to relax the muscle spasms.



Of course, in Paul's case, it may only aggravate his condition, so if more pain results, don't force any of the exercises.

This sort of pain can be quite debilitating. I wish good success in treating the condition.





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While the original post started 4 years ago, I did want to add some input for anyone currently having these issues.  

As a natural healer for well over a decade (high level energy healer), I can tell you that chiropractic, Western Medicine, acupuncture, and other modalities do not come close to touching what a high level energy healer can do.  That said, what you put into (and on) your body, can have detrimental effects.  Some people did touch base with snippets of information on diet and inflammatory foods.  One noted that the inflammatory diet actually made her partner’s pain/condition worsen.  That is likely due to the fact that he was now not taking enough of the omega-6 for inflammation (yes, we need some inflammation in times of injury and certain types of healing).  Most find that the 1:2 ratio works great for the right balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 etc oils, and is considered to have the most anti-aging effects (of healthy fats).  It is also important to note where those oils are coming from; rancid oils from the store or any pill form (which is shown in studies to be very ineffective).  Also sprouted nuts/seeds (this is the only way one should eat nuts/seeds due to the mineral blocking phytic acid in them), are a weak form of Omega-3 and the body needs to convert it into a usable form as well.  However, wild caught fish (not farm raised) with higher amounts of Omega-3, are superior as a highly utilized Omega-3.  Omega-3 pills are not in natural form, and have been modified via an extraction process, that the body does not recognize it as food/usable form.  Yes, these pills can have a buffering effect, by the effects are very short-term.  Eliminating all grains (due to the gut damaging and inflammatory lectins), unless you properly ferment the rye and wheat and keep the cooking temperature low enough to not destroy the beneficial phytase enzyme.  Rye and wheat are the only grains you should be fermenting and eating, if any grains are consumed, because they have enough of the phytase enzyme to neutralize the mineral binding phytic acid (by mineral binding, it is in the sense of not allowing them to be absorbed by the body – and also contributes to kidney etc stones along with a diet that has oxalates (oxalates help form crystals via mineral binding).  Oxalic acid foods are not the problem; our bodies cells actually require oxalic acid, but it’s when we do things like overcook vegetables etc that turn that oxalic acid into a damaging and mineral binding oxalate.  A.G.E. (aged glycation end products) are damaging to the cells much like oxidative damage, and happen when we do things like overcook meat or eat a higher amount of sugar combined with higher protein or higher fat.  Meat does not require much to be considered overcooked, and we really shouldn’t be eating meat well done.  Pasteurized dairy (on top of grain fed cows), is highly inflammatory and promotes gut damage as well as helps feed the bad bacteria in the gut (as does whey, improperly fermented soy sauce, sugar/fructose – fruit, high starches, alcohol, etc.  Healthy gut bacteria also feed on complex starches (grains not included, as they contribute to leaky gut, food sensitivities, inflammation).  Nightshade veggies can have similar effects in inflammation, typically for people who have a leaky/inflamed gut (white potato, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, goji berries, etc).  Nut and other oils (other than coconut, 1st cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and low heat/non pasteurized grass fed butter) are extremely inflammatory and too high in Omega-6 etc.  Keeping toxins low in the body, by trying to eat organic foods that were grown in nutrient dense soil, as well as avoiding products that use chemically made or irritating ingredients.  German Chamomile is as effective if not more effective in studies, than the NSAID drugs on the market.  You can steep the tea and then refrigerate/freeze it for cosmetic anti-inflammatory applications.  Some people may utilize the poultice application, and should work just as good minus the additional anti-inflammatory effects of the cold/ice.  I don’t want to write a novel, so I’ll stop there.  For high level and faster healing, seeing a high level energy healer is something that will leave you speechless.  Quantum Energy Healing/Kundalini Activations should be terms that healer is familiar with and practices.  If not, your results of energy healing may not be very effective.  As with anything, there are a lot of fakes in our field.  I personally have aligned people’s spines via energy and no touch.  I access their energy meridians and chakras, flow the energy and activate it as high as possible each time, to promote (for most) permanent healing.  The body will even physically vibrate/shake with the activation of kundalini energy.  Some speak very badly of that energy activation online, but clearly these were not legitimate healers.  This energy lies within the body, and was meant to heal us at a very rapid rate.  When Western Medicine doctors tell a client/clients that they’ve healed 99.9% faster than anyone they’ve seen and doctors come to see you as clients, you know there is no smoke and mirrors or trickery.  It’s easy for people to be skeptical, until they experience it for themselves.  With a mixed Native American background, this was my natural intuitive gift, and will do this work till the day I leave this world.
 
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