Prolotherapy and back pain

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   Posted 9/3/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I am new to your forum I was hoping someone on here may have had prolotherapy treatment for their back pain. I have suffered for over 30 years and had a fusion a couple of years ago but still have terrible pain I have been told this is because my si joints are unstable and a course of prolotherapy would really help would love to hear of anyones experiences, I am in sooo much pain and getting really down and depressed about it, my daughter is about to give birth to triplets and I need to be there to help her in the early days I want to be a good grandma and  a worried I will let her down.

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   Posted 9/3/2011 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 9/3/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Prolotherapy is usually not covered by insurance so if you do decide to go ahead with it, call your insurance company first to make sure it is covered, or you can wind up with several thousands of dollars for out of pocket medical expenses.
It's been a bit of time since I last looked into prolotherapy but when I did, it was considered to be controversial , as to whether or not it is helpful or not for the treatment of pain.
I always recommend and strongly suggest that you do your research into any suggested treatment options , to find out how helpful they may or may not be.
Have you considered accupuncture? It is far more helpful , from reports that I have read, than prolotherapy.
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   Posted 9/3/2011 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brambley~

And welcome to the CP forum! Sure glad you have joined us but at the same time I'm sorry you need to. Sounds like you have quite a decision to make on this but after 30 years of pain the decision might be easier than I think.

I too did a bit of research and found some good information at the National Institute of Health website. After a lot of research and controversy they seem to feel it has promise. Here's their link.


Hope to see you around~
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   Posted 9/3/2011 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brambley

Welcome to the forum. Wow 30 years certinly is a long time to be going thru chronic pain. I'm glad that you found us. There are a lot of caring and supportive people here. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

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