DRX treatments and fibromyalgia

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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I am new to this forum. Have compressed Lumbar 3 disc also, with pain running down left leg. Am trying DRX treatments, and seem to be in a total flare up. Has anyone tried this DRX?

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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi TennesseeT,

Welcome to the HealingWell Fibromyalgia forum! We are so glad that you are joining us. I have never tried DRX treatments for fibro. Do let us know how it goes. I have my pain managable with medications and malic acid/magnesium.

Hopefully somebody here has experience with what you are going through and will respond. I am sorry that you are in a flare right now.

Keep posting, take care

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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi TT...

Since I had no idea what DRX was I decided to find out. The company that makes them is called Axiom and here's a description from their own web site. Yes, I left in their own typo's also...lol

"DRX9000™ Lumbar Device
We created the DRX9000™ True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression™ System to assist healthcare providers in their effort to treat low (lumbar) back pain. The DRX9000™ provides a primary treatment modality for the management of pain and disability for patients suffering with incapacitating low back pain and sciatica. The system is designed to apply spinal decompressive forces to compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine. It has been found to provide reflief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. "

That said I dug a little further being the suspicious person I am. Here's more of what I found. Take it for what it's worth to you...

"DRX 9000 Maker Under Investigation
Monday, June 11, 2007

For those who don't know, the DRX 9000 is a fancy traction table billed by those who treat back pain (mainly chiropractors and in my area a group of DO's) as a spinal "decompression" unit. I initially became suspicious and concerned about the device when I had several back pain patients that were previously treated at the DO's facility. The ALL said that their treatment consisted of daily treatments for 6 weeks of spinal decompression in the DRX 9000, water massage (like you see in malls) and blowing up a balloon. The latter is a whole other subject to post about. The point here is the DAILY treatment for 6 weeks. Regardless if they had simple mechanical LBP, HNP, stenosis, etc, everyone seems to have received the same treatment. The worst part is, in many cases, their insurance companies did not pay for this plan of care.

Now the Tampa Tribune reports the manufacturer, Axiom Worldwide, was raided by FBI agents this morning. Why? The story doesn't say, but Dean Moyer over at Rebuild Your Back states this:

The allegations leveled against Axiom are:

* Axiom instructs DRX 9000 clinic owners how to defraud insurance companies in the training manuals that come with the machine.

* Axiom provides false advertising materials … in the form of slick infomercials and print advertising … as part of the DRX-9000 package.

* Claims of FDA approval are distorted and misrepresented as a selling point in the commercials. The truth is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never evaluated the machine for safety or effectiveness. As it turns out, the DRX was grandfathered in because it is similar to other traction tables and, therefore, considered an existing medical device.

* The claim by Axiom that their machine is based on NASA research is a total fabrication. NASA has never played a part in the development of the DRX or any other spinal decompression machine.


From all I can find at the National Institute of Health(NIH) there have been no double blind studies of this device or method. My one blanket caution would be, if insurance companies aren't covering treatments or procedures then I'd be finding out all I can why not.

Always research, which is exactly what TennesseeT is doing. Get opinions from others, talk to your insurance company and then go with your common sense and your gut. If money is no object and you are convinced they can do no harm then have at it. And most of all...don't believe most of what you read on the web unless you know the source. I tend to stick with scientific research, university bases research, research funded my major sources such as the NIH and other agencies who have nothing financial to gain from stating their opinion.

I tend to be very cautious... just so you know where my thoughts come from. Probably TMI but that's just me...lol

Good luck,
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

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   Posted 3/4/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Chutz for researching. I went to a chiropractor who advertises heavily for spinal decompression. I finally went to him. He could help my bulging disc and fibro with about 36 treatments at about $190.00 each! My insurance would not cover so I did not try the procedure. His whole presentation seem very rehearsed. I'm sure everyone gets the same 36 treatments no matter what the problem is. I'm sure some people are helped by this but who can afford it?
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   Posted 3/6/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for doing all that research for the rest of us. Most of us are so fatigued and aching so badly that we become vulnerable. We want to believe anything that will get us back to "normal" that we convince ourselves that maybe this is my "missing link to what I need" and will try it just once. Anyway, started on Savella (here we go again). I just weaned myself off Lexapro - so tired of antidepressants - does Savella work for any of you?

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   Posted 3/6/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
That is what these companies count on is desperate people will do desperate things for relief and as long as they are raking in the bucks they don't care what it does to you.
Very good research Chutzie.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Tennessee T, I went to a chiropractor for years trying to resolve my lumbar issues. Ended
up seeing a neurosurgeon, I had a lumbar laminectomy. My surgery helped alot with the
sciatic pain although once in awhile the sciatica will rear it's ugly head. I think once you
have back issues you are never really out of the woods. Too much exertion and inflamtion
can cause pain in a hurry. Good luck to you!

Collegecoackes wife. I take Savella. My rheumy gave me 2 tritation sample packs to
begin with. It took 1 month before I got up tp the dose I'm now taking...50mgs 2x daily.
I was lucky and had no bad side effects. It took almost 3 months before I noticed a
differance. I'm not pain-free by any means, but it helps. I take a muscle relaxer for flares.
Good luck to you also!

Hugs, Robin
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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 3/6/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have a Slender You salon nearby? They are motorized machines that work with your body to increase resistance and
tone the body. They work wonders for the sciatic and I noticed a big difference in tone to my bod. I haven't seen one in my area
for about 20 years or so and I used to go 4 days a week. We had a gentleman whose insurance covered his appointments for
sciatic. They were designed for polio victims and are now used for toning and shaping bodies without much damage to the
joints. I just went on the website and they still make the beds for $24,000 for all 6 of them. Sure wish it was still around here.
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