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Discussion: treatment

in: graeme; graeme > 2013-11-25

Nov 25, 2013 8:36 PM # 
How would injections work to reduce the disc bulge that is impinging on the nerve? trimming the bulge is a fairly common op. I went to see a private surgeon who specialises in keyhole surgery for this sort of thing, which isn't offered by the NHS ( I believe) but he was v expensive ( read £14k) and it wouldn't have solved my underlying problems anyway. might be a good fit for you but you'd have to scratch that Ferrari you were saving up for...
Nov 25, 2013 8:36 PM # 
Great to finally get a decent diagnosis!
Nov 25, 2013 9:23 PM # 
I dont know what the injection is meant to do. Jane thought maybe harden the disc to stop it bulging?

In other news, I already bought a ferrari
Nov 25, 2013 10:32 PM # 
hmm, surely you'd want to reduce the size of the disc bulge and/or squeeze it back in before hardening it? You'd still want the disc there in some form to separate - and, preferably, cushion - the vertebrae. But, hey, I'm just a layperson. Shame he didn't elaborate on the injection. Will his report go back to your GP?

As for the Ferrari, ho ho, better stick with the bike!
Jan 4, 2014 9:43 PM # 
My driveway is 'Ferrari upgrade compatible'...
Jan 7, 2014 10:32 AM # 
Only just spotted this. I take it that chiropractic has been tried / ruled out?
Jan 7, 2014 9:17 PM # 
No, I haven't tried Chiropractic - any recommendations? Might suffer a spot of earache from Dr Hailey. Off to orthopaedics on Thursday - lets see what he says.
Jan 8, 2014 11:13 AM # 
So I did some googling on chiropractic. My initial reaction is that its all wrapped up in a layer of pseudoscientific bollocks, and the sales pitch is at back pain (which i don't have). I'm not averse to being cured by a placebo effect, but I don't know if it works on sceptics. On the other hand, some form of back-massage/physio does seem a rather obvious strategy to untrap a nerve.
Jan 8, 2014 11:41 AM # 
Chiropractic is the biggest pile of shite. 100% money making exercise, would recommend avoiding at all costs.

I am willing to admit I might have had a bad experience though, so if you do try it, do NOT go to the little clinic near tollcross that I can't remember the name of
Jan 8, 2014 4:45 PM # 
Trouble with Chiro is that whilst I have had good experiences of it dealing with specific issues many then try to convince you that you need a continuous maintenance programme - which is the money making bit. Some, not all mind you.
Osteopaths on the other hand I have found will give you what they consider the necessary course of treatnment and then let you go. They also know how to do more that crack a few bones - so will massage and manipulate and give you some exercises - kind of a combo between Chiro and Physio
Jan 9, 2014 4:28 PM # 
that was the problem I had. I tentatively signed up to a 12-session programme for lots of £ and then got no obvious benefit to the problem I had gone in for originally.
Jan 12, 2014 4:30 AM # 
Agree with Kitch's comments completely!

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