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Update on my back/spine

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2006
  • 04:06 AM

I am the person who wrote before about the radiating pain from my spine and shoulder blade, and the doctors had no idea what was wrong. The MRI came back and I found out that I had seven compounded discs in my spine, which basically means they are all pushing together and damaging the nerves in the process. I have to go to physical therapy for an unknown amount of time, wear a soft collar brace for at least 2 months, take medication, and go from dancing three to four times a week down to one (I'm a pretty serious ballet dancer, and this pretty much crushed me). Granted, this isn't as terrible as cancer or something life threatening. But as I am only 19 years old, this was tough news. I was told I may have to get surgery if this doesn't improve, and that most people with this problem are at least in their 40's. I'm not sure what to think... has anyone else been diagnosed with this problem? What have you done to cope?

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  • Please, please, please get yourself to an acupuncturist. They can really help you with your spinal problem and hopefully you will avoid surgery. Acupuncture can help promote tissue regeneration and build your back up...to find one near you go to www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. I have worked a lot with disc degeneration and my patients have definitely seen relief. Also, you should be taking a good quality bone supplement with D, Boron, Calcium, Mag and such. Add to that a glucosamine and chondroitin and MSM supplement. You need to boost up your bone matrix and these will help. Best of luck to you.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 04:25 AM
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  • thanks for the input... I'm already on glucosamine and chondroitin but maybe I'll try the others as well
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 06:34 PM
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