KenElevenShadows Posted November 2, 2002 Share Posted November 2, 2002 I've been trying to start music-related threads, but I think this one is okay to post! As many of you know, I have had a severely ruptured disk (L4-L5 )in my lower back and was looking into surgery. However, I found a procedure at UCLA that sounded promising (http://www.diskcure.com), so I tried it a week ago. So far, I'd say at least 50% of my acute back pain has subsided, my muscles are slowly loosening up (although I've got a long way to go on this), my hip pain has also subsided, and the numbness in my right big toe has almost disappeared, although sometimes it comes back a little bit. The full effects are supposed to manifest themselves in two weeks total (one more week for me). Now, what I am hoping, of course, is that IF this really works, I can avoid surgery. Hopefully it will keep getting better, and the pain will continue to subside. So far, so good! What will happen ultimately is anybody's guess, but at least the results are positive so far! I still have a loooooong way to go, since I still have other back problems, mostly muscular, as well as disk degeneration, but at least if this works it will have eliminated one of the major problems!! THEIR THEORY: Basically, their theory, which they do not describe on their web site in great detail, is that much of the pain, inflammation, and tissue damage in the lower back is caused by a chemical that the herniated disk releases, known as TNF-a. They believe that since many people have large disk bulges, as shown by their MRIs, but do not experience any pain or adverse affects from this, and furthermore, that many people continue to experience pain after the surgery because this chemical has not been taken out completely. They further believe that this is because the disk has not released TNF-a. The common notion (which I have been told over and over again by neurosurgeons) is simply that the herniated disk is pressing against the nerve endings, which in turn cause the pain. However, but some UCLA doctors' theory is that this is really not the root of the problem at all. UCLA doctors are instead combatting the pain by an FDA-approved drug that is a biological response modifier that neutralizes the TNF. It's apparently safe, pain-free, and works quite well on people with herniated disks in their lower back (or other parts). I've investigated this on the web and found a good amount of medical research that appears to substantiate the UCLA doctor's claims. The bummer? Blue Cross PPO didn't pop for it, so it was an expensive out-of-pocket expense. Oh, well. Seems like it was worth it!! Ken Lee Photography - photos and books Eleven Shadows ambient music The Mercury Seven-cool spacey music Linktree to various sites Instagram Nightaxians Video Podcast Eleven Shadows website Ken Lee Photography Pinterest Page Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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