Spinal Manipulation under Anestesia...anyone had it??

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ohthepain
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   Posted 11/3/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor is suggesting this but it makes me nervous on so many levels. Has anyone had this done? The literature seems to say its very effective but they have had more mixed results with patients who also have Fibro (luck me lol). I am also concerned about going under general 3 days in a row....that seems bad. Any opinions?/expierences?

Thanks al.
 ~Carina
 

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ohthepain
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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply Gramps. The literature I've been reading I selected carefully and I found many research studies on the subject in my search but yes, it still makes me nervous and sounds a little scary.
 ~Carina
 

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ohthepain
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   Posted 11/4/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
If it's one thing I have become good at over the years it's research. I don't do anything without research and usually just flat out discount anything coming from any party that might have a vested interest in having you do something or take something. Your right, those phamplets are WAYYYY one sided. I am hoping someone here has had this done and will be able to offer some personal experiences......I think that's the best way to gain info is to talk to people who have had it done. Everyone reacts differently but it's good to hear first hand reports. Obviously I wouldn't even be considering something that seems so drastic if I hadn't tried pretty much everything else and wasn't desperate for relief. I still have to talk to the doctor who would be doing it so that will factor in also...I am also bringing my fiance with me so that he ahs all the info to help me make a decision and b/c he usually thinks of questions I don't. (Hey, I've got Fibro Fog...what can I say? lol) Thanks for your response and your prayers!!
 ~Carina
 

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razzle51
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   Posted 11/4/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
yes me too . I would really research it good. Me having Chiari malformation , it is a big NO No To have manipulation

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   Posted 11/4/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My Pain Management Doctor gave me lit. on this too. But, I'm very cautious of it and will not do it for now. You'll need to find out if your insurance will cover too, and even then it could costs as much as those epi injections.......I'm with you on this gramps too many risks on this type of procedure........
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   Posted 11/6/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi O,
 
Yes, I am familiar with the MUA and have never heard of someone being put under for it three days in a row. It has always been a one day deal only. If other parts of the body were involved it was scheduled at a much later date. I would run like hell if I were you. The only thing an MUA is good for is someone with a "frozen shoulder". This is something that is pretty typical on some shoulder injuries or post-op. It is done in this case by the orthopedic surgeon, not an anesthesiologist.
 
Do not let a pain mgt team convince you, you need this done. You could very well end up in worse shape than what you are now permanently. I can assure you for about 2 weeks after having this done, your pain will be so high you wll consider wanting to shoot your dr. You will either remain the same or get worse, you will not get better from this procedure. You have to be put to sleep for this because it is so painful, no human could stand the pain. They get in there and dig and pull and tug, I am sorry, our bodies were not made for that. That is like the Eppy's, they rarely ever help and they are so painful to have. I come from a 20 yr plus experience in many phases of the medical field, I am not a dr or nurse, not a medical professional. I am passing onto to you what orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons have told me about these procedures. I trust their judgment totally. Other than for a frozen shoulder, they called it quackery.
 
Just my 2 cents. Susie


ohthepain
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   Posted 11/28/2007 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well my pain doc is tapering off my narcotic meds despite the fact that my pain isn't any better and I am desperate for some relief. I have decided to give the MUA a shot after ALOT of research. It is being done by a team of doctors including my Chiropractor. She is also sending me for physical therapy. The research I have done says this procedure is especially effective for people with Fibro, especially if it's onset was less than 10 years ago. (I misunderstood what my doctor said and I relayed in an earlier post about the effectiveness for patients with Fibro) They have found through research that 3 treatments is the most effective. I misunderstood, it's not under general anestesia it's conscious sedation. The manipulation part is a very small part of what they do. Mostly, they really streach out all your muscles and work out the joints. SO I have my first treatment tomorrow then another Friday and another Saturday. While I am having this done Saturday my fiance will be moving us into our new house so we will see how much unpacking I will be able to do after all is said and done. I really really hope this goes well and doesn't cause extra pain but we will just have to wait and see. At least I know I've made an informed decision but you never know how you, personally, are going to react to something. Wish me luck. I will update everyone next week.

BTW: Sorry I have been MIA...we've got a lot going on here. Hope everyone is doing well!!
 ~Carina
 

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ohthepain
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   Posted 12/11/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry it took me so long to get back on and update, we just moved and it took forever for the cable company to get our internet up & running. I am doing well so far. I go to physical therapy 3x/week at my Chiropractors office and I am doing my best to make sure I stick with that. I've noticed a pretty signifigant improvement in my neck, the frequency of my headaches has been cut in 1/2 at least. The Fibro also seems to be responding well to this treatment. The only thing I haven't noticed a huge difference in is my low & mid back pain. I am hoping that I will get even more improvement as time goes on and I continue working to strengthen my muscles. I can defiantely feel things starting to loosen up more as time goes on. My fiance and I attended a Trigger Point Therapy workshop at my Chiro's office last night and that was really informative, I'm hoping to get lots of use out of that. LOL

Well I am off to cook dinner.
 ~Carina
 

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   Posted 12/12/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear you are getting some relief and lets pray it continues to get better. I bet you are excited about you new home. Be very careful and don't overdue, its real easy to do especially if you are having a good day. Susie


ohthepain
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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Susie,
Thanks. I am glad to be getting some relief. I wish it would all go away but we all know thats not realistic. And yeah, I knew better but I overdid it a few times just the same...it's hard not to when your moving. I hate having to wait until my fiance is around, and not busy, just to move a box 6 inches lol. I hope everything is god with you. Take care!
 ~Carina
 

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

-Benjamin Franklin

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