Hi Annie and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. Glad you found us but always hate to see another person be afflicted with this lousy condition. At least by coming here you know you are not alone, there are a lot of us on here just like you in pain.
It is really difficult to answer your question on what works best for a person because everyone responds so differently. Most drs will offer conservative care consisting of physical therapy and many times OTC NSAIDS like Ibuprophene or Motrin. I do know they want the patients up moving around and not laying in a bed or chair as the more we move around the better off we are. Use to if a person hurt their back they put you to bed for a week and they no longer do that. They say now that caused more harm than good. If you are under the care of a PM dr then you may undergo different types of injections, its just real hard to guess what different drs will want to do with a patient. Some people use heat/ice packs I prefer heat over cold. Generally, a dr leaves the disc alone unless there is some nerve involvement and its severe enough to warrant surgery.
Anyway wanted to say welcome aboard.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 10/25/2010 2:12:59 PM (GMT-6)