Discectomy Pain

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Easy@Home Handheld TENS Unit

If you’ve bounced around between as many physiotherapy clinics as I have, it’s possible that you’re going there just for the the whacky gear.  You know, like the slightly modified gym equipment, the rack of tiny weights, the wide selection of bouncy balls, ropes, pulleys and elastic bands.  Oh, and of course, the gentle, soothing  pulse of the TENS unit.
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Quickie Tile n’ Tub Scrubber

Over the years, my back has had some ups and downs making household tasks extremely challenging.  Specifically, cleaning the bathroom which usually requires intense pressure to wipe away built-up dirt and grime in often awkward positions,  has turned into a torturous routine that has the potential to wrecks me for days. Read More

Discectomy Recovery Time: 6 Months Post Surgery

I just passed the 6-month mark of my L4/L5 Discectomy  so I thought now would be a good time to discuss my progress.  Just a quick recap before getting into how things are today:  In early June 2015, during a routine tying-of-the-shoe I badly tweaked my lower back.  By the next day, a crippling Sciatica  had set-in which confined me to a bed for weeks.  Luckily, I had an up to date MRI so an Orthopedic surgeon quickly diagnosed a herniated L4/L5 and I was wisked off to the operating room for a lumbar Discectomy.  Fast forward six months and here I am, resting fairly comfortably typing out an update.

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7 Pro Athletes That Have Had A Micro-Discectomy

Some professions come with a much higher risk of physical injury and often the wear and tear endured by top athletes is centered around the spine.  It’s not surprising then that many pros that have had back injuries undergo surgery of some sort – especially Micro-discectomy.  Here are some of the more high profile pro athlete with herniated discs and various other back related injuries.

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Back Pain Medication: Painkillers for relief

Treating back pain with painkillers has become a controversial topic.  And there’s a particular stigma against people that regularly use opiates to treat back pain. The media reports on the use and misuse of drugs such as Oxycontin and morphine almost daily, backed with statistics of rising rates of overdose.

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Acupuncture for Back Pain

For every operation I’ve had, I’ve encountered an unforeseen complication like numbness in my foot or inflammation around scar tissue. For every pill there’s been some side effect especially pain medication that alters digestion and forces my liver to work much harder than it should. For every therapy there’s been some muscle soreness or overstretched ligaments.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the best I can hope for are back pain remedies that keep most biological systems in check, and that’s how I came to acupuncture.

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Pwr+ Laptop desk

So this recent Amazon purchase falls into the ‘makes my life a little bit easier’ category.  I’m referring to home or office gadgets that reduce the pain and strain (on my back) of every day life.  Life hacks basically. And to this end, my latest back-easing purchase is the Pwr+ Laptop Desk – a fold-able tray with built in fans to keep a laptop well ventilated. Read More

Nayoya Acupressure Back Mat

So here’s a nifty gizmo for all my back pain brethren (and sisteren?). It’s called the Nayoya Acupressure Mat and it’s basically a foam mat with 6210 plastic spikes attached to it to mimic the effect of acupuncture treatment.  And here’s the story of how I scoffed, then purchased and now recommend this massage aid as it seems to relieve pressure on my back in the way that traditional acupuncture does. Read More

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