A 41-Year Mistake

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A 41-year event. In 1968 I made a terrible mistake. I tried to save a little money by doing cement work myself. I was moving a wheel borough full of wet cement when the load suddenly shifted. I prevented dumping the load but my lower back popped under the strain. Starting with pain pills I moved to a recommended Chiropractor. Each treatment provided temporary results. Finally, it was recommended I see an orthopedic doctor. He recommended I be admitted to a hospital for a 10-day decompression treatment. After 5 days the pain had progressed. An x-ray was ordered. The next day a neurosurgeon performed surgery removing a severely herniated disc. I followed the doctor’s recommendations doing my office jobs with lots of travel: careful lifting, moderate exercise, weight control. In 2009 I accompanied a group on a weekend trip to a State Park. A group split off to hike on a moderate trail. The ups and downs proved to be too much of a radical period on movement on my back. The next day I was back on OTC pain medication. I finally gave up and saw an Orthopedic spine surgeon. With new x-rays, his diagnosis was spine degeneration scoliosis – lateral L4/L5 and forward L4. My choices were pain medication, steroid injections in the spine or complex surgery with about a 50% chance of success. I tried the injections without relief on the second try. I remembered a sign on Slaughter at the Neeley Center for Health and thought I’d give Acupuncture a try. After consultation with Dr. Neeley we agreed to try two treatments a week. After about the third week we changed to one per week. We also added a full body message right after the acupuncture each treatment. Next we agreed to skip a week between treatments as pain in my back continued to dissipate. Later we went to two weeks between each visit then on to three weeks and so on. We were at 5 weeks between appointments by the middle of this year. I remain well satisfied with this regiment of periodic treatment. As for pain medication, I may take one naproxen sodium 220 mg. OTC a month, only if I experience a pain symptom, then it's gone. I do remain cautious in any movement that may put an unnecessary strain on my back. If I do something to aggravate my condition I give Doc a call and he is able to work me in. I am more than satisfied with the results received.