Thursday, October 22, 2015

LOOKING "BACK"

Forgive me the play on words but when you've suffered for as long as I have with what is commonly called a bad back, you try to find a little humor in it, or at least I do. You see I've been dealing with this malady for over 20 years before and following a surgery. Talk to anyone who's had back problems and you will hear a common theme summed up in "I wish I'd never had back surgery!"  So it's safe to say that things only got worse after the surgery and I've tried many different approaches to alleviate the pain.

In my younger days it was chiropractic, various physical therapy regimens, steroid shots and acupuncture.  But for the past 10 years I've been on a closely monitored medication plan and for the most part that's given me a good quality of life. However, it's caught up with me.  By that I mean as is the case with aging, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, stenosis and scoliosis, time is not my friend.  And that staggering list only becomes more staggering and as is happening now, the pain has continued to intensify and the pain meds can't cover the increased pain.  It's not safe to add more milligrams to the current medications because in doing so, my organs could be compromised.

So, I knew I must look elsewhere to find alternatives to the pain meds and still decrease my pain.
Fortunately, my daughter had found a solution to her shoulder problems with something called, Prolotherapy.  This involves multiple injections with a dextrose solution in the afflicted area to promote inflammation and thus cause the body to heal itself.   This is a simplified version of the process and is only one of the injected solutions available.  Oft times, when necessary, plasma or even stem cells can also be injected.  If I were younger, this process could cause true healing and correction of the problem, but in my case the hope is that prolotherapy will stablize my spine.  I liken it to the difference between a house that's built on sand (my spine) and one that's built on a foundation of cement block.

I've had one treatment so far and have been told that improvement you can feel comes after 2-4 treatments.  So we'll wait and see.  I'm very optimistic and I would like to ask that you pray for me. I know the power of prayer and how much is out of our control.  Only God and only Him.

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