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HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone tell me if Noni juice works for neck and back pain?

Can anyone tell me anything that does work for neck and back pain?

My wife has a herniated disk in her neck.

She has lower back pain.

She says the pain is so bad at times, she wants to vomit.

I saw a Dr. Becker say that Noni reduces pain.

Can I hear from anyone that may have tried it?

Can you recommend anything natural to help her?

The doctor will no longer prescribe her pain pills.

My wife is also terrified of narcotics.

She has exhausted all the injections and they won't do any more.


Thank you.

edt
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   Posted 8/29/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Welcome to HW, we are not Dr's but a group of wonderful people with CP.  We share our stories, support and suggestions with each other.

Noni juice and juices in general, do supply nutrients.  I have tried most everything on the Market in an effort to reduce pain.  In my experience a herniated disc will not be fixed by Noni juice!  I have found supplements that make the pain more bearable but do not take it away completely.

There are many alternative methods that may help acupuncture, Prolotherapy, cold laser treatments.  Everyone's situation is different, what may work for one may not work for the other. 

I feel safe in saying that all of us on HW have fought going on Narcotics!  I know personally it is not what I want to do but my situation has improved by the Medication regimen prescribed by my Pain Management Dr.

Has she been evaluated by a Pain Management Dr.?  A Neurosurgeon?  A herniated disc is indeed very painful and debilitating! 

Please educate yourself and find a Dr. who can direct a program that will help your wife's situation.

Best of luck,

Patti

 

 


Jim1969
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   Posted 8/29/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Has she tried TENS unit therapy? For some people it does help.

The only other things I could suggest, on a "non medical" base would be to look into acupressure and acupuncture therapy.
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to welcome you to Healingwell forums where you will always find support.

I know nothing about discs but I wish you all the luck in finding a good treatment plan. EDT is right you should think about a pain specialist alot of us go to them for medications and treatments. There are some pain meds out there that are non narcotic that your wife can consider. Also with a Pain Management she will have options on ways to control the pain. Ask for a referal.

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HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you both

HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
edt said...
Hi,

Welcome to HW, we are not Dr's but a group of wonderful people with CP. We share our stories, support and suggestions with each other.

Noni juice and juices in general, do supply nutrients. I have tried most everything on the Market in an effort to reduce pain. In my experience a herniated disc will not be fixed by Noni juice! I have found supplements that make the pain more bearable but do not take it away completely.

There are many alternative methods that may help acupuncture, Prolotherapy, cold laser treatments. Everyone's situation is different, what may work for one may not work for the other.

I feel safe in saying that all of us on HW have fought going on Narcotics! I know personally it is not what I want to do but my situation has improved by the Medication regimen prescribed by my Pain Management Dr.

Has she been evaluated by a Pain Management Dr.? A Neurosurgeon? A herniated disc is indeed very painful and debilitating!

Please educate yourself and find a Dr. who can direct a program that will help your wife's situation.

Best of luck,

Patti


she is under the care of a neurosurgeons assistant. She has seen the neurosurgeon ONE time and he always gives her over to his assistant. shakehead

she has not been evaluated by a pain management doctor

HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim1969 said...
Has she tried TENS unit therapy? For some people it does help.

The only other things I could suggest, on a "non medical" base would be to look into acupressure and acupuncture therapy.


she was seeing a chiropractor who used electo pads on her but his neck snaps sent her pain through the roof.

can you recommend a tens unit please?

maybe a place that I could go to today to buy one?

Chutz
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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!

I'm so sorry for the suffering your wife is enduring and the pain in your heart watching her go through this misery.

From what you have said I would think she needs some better medical care. For the neurosurgeon only to see her one time and then pass it off is unheard of to me. I would get her to the best care you can find because IMHO she's not being treated properly or with respect. Find the nearest teaching/university hospital and start making some phone calls. They will more often get to the bottom of problems since they are on the cutting edge of technology. And she shouldn't get brushed aside in their care. It might mean some driving for you to get there but I would think it's worth your time.

There is no reason she should have to suffer like this. Most of us who live with chronic pain have our bad days and do have some pain most of the time but it's at a very low level and we can deal with it. But no one has to be in excruciating pain all the time. I do apologize if I sound worked up over this but it's just wrong for people/patients to not be afforded the best care...always!

Keep in touch and invite your wife to come on also. We have weekly chat nights on Thursdays at 6 PM Pacific - 9 PM Eastern time. It's a great time to visit with the people you've come to know. We talk about everything from ideas for pain relief to how to make the best chocolate brownies ever. ;-) Hubby and I sometimes both join in the chats together. It's peaceful and fun entertainment.

Warmly,
Chutz

ps...TENS units are easy to come by. Call your local pharmacy or if you prefer you can shop online for them. I've seen them on Amazon.com at all price ranges from about $35 to $180. Might ask your insurance company to buy it but you'd likely need a prescription from her doctor. Here's a link...
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tens+unit&x=0&y=0
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HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I really appreciate the warm kind words and the advice.

I have purchased a tens unit and on Monday will find her a new doctor.

fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/29/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, I am glad that your wife has someone like you caring for her. As I read over the comments, one thing that I have not seen mentioned here is if your wife has seen a physical therapist. They also work with the tens units and have more experience in how they can be properly used. There are also other options with a physical therapist. I also would encourage you to find a new Dr. that has knowledge in treating pain and its causes. We are here to help support each other and listen to when things get tough. I know personally that narcotics are not what most of us want but at times it helps us achieve the functioning aspect of our life that we would not be able to enjoy without them. They affect people differently and there are many different types. Work with a good doctor and we will be here to listen. 

uniquelyme
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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hello Husband..and welcome to the fold.  We all have some knowledge about CP, mostly due to our own experiences, but your wife seeing a real Pain Dr. sounds like what she needs...not someones assistant.  That urks me, she needs to have the full attention of a specialist...not a lacky.
 
You are a great person to care so much about your wife...she's lucky to have you.  But please don't rely on Chiropractors...I say that because I had bad experiences with one.  And suppliments won't "Fix" the problem...
 
Once she sees a specialist I think you will have an easier time with the pain...
 
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skeye
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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi HusbandOfWifeInPain,

Welcome to the CP board of HW! It sounds like your wife is very lucky to have you by her side! You've gotten a lot of good advice already & I don't have much more to add, but I did want to mention one more thing. Another form of "alternative" treatment which no one mentioned is osteopathic manipulation. Osteopaths use a very gentle form of craniosacral therapy to manipulate the body & restore deviations in anatomy. In a way it is similar to what a chiropractor would do, except that it is VERY gentle. I can't say that this will work for your wife, but I just wanted to throw it out there as one more thing to consider. As chronic pain patients, we often have to employ multiple modalities to treat our pain, which may mean medications, injections, alternative therapies & more. Unfortunately, the chances of eliminating the pain completely are slim, but you should at least be able to manage it. Good luck! I hope that you can find your wife some relief!

Skeye

HusbandOfWifeInPain
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
what a great forum, thanks to all

White Beard
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
HusbandofWife
 
I to want to Welcome you to the CP forum! I agree with what everyone else has said, you need to find her an new Doctor. And may I inject a word of caution, if she has herniated disc in her neck then please be careful about going to a chiropractor, and above make sure he is extremely cautious doing anything with her neck!  I personally would not let him manipulate her neck at all!! Allot of us have had surgery on our cervical disc in our neck,  or other disc surgery in their backs. So we do empathinze with what your wife is going through! This is a great place to be if your having pain, you and your wife should join use and feel free to post as often as you want. 
 
I wish you both well!
 
White Beard
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PAlady
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   Posted 8/30/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Husband,
I just wanted to add my welcome to the forum. You've already been given a lot of great advice, but I'd agree with White Beard that chiropractic manipulation on the neck isn't a good idea. Lower spine it's ok.

I hope your wife will join us and maybe she can also ask some questions. Also, looking through old threads is a great way to get information, but remember we're not doctors but a great support group!

Again, welcome.

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
If your wife if afraid of using narcotics she may consider Ultram generic is Tramadol. It is inexpensive, non-narcotic and did help with my pain. I know alot of people say it makes them tired and they get a drugged feeling from it but I didn't but everyone is different. This is a possibility to speak to her physician about.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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