How do you deal with chronic pain? I need surgery but have to hold off due to costs and time off.
I have a torn disc.
It almost hard to deal with back pain. I have had 3 surgeries so far. My pain is almost down to the point I am on less powerful pain medication. I have been dealing with it for 6 years. I would have the surgery as soon as you can. I think the reason my pain has lasted so long is because I waited to long before I had surgery to fix the disk. That may be why I have nerve damage in my left leg and that is what causing my pain. Just take the pain medication if you can stand it. Also I found that heat helps
Acupuncture did wonders for me in terms of rerouting the torn disc pain signals. Enough so, I was able to turn down a scheduled surgery. The thing healed on it's own because the acupuncture rerouted the pain enough that it was tolerable.
Other than that, acute torn disc may heal "substantially" on its own if you can isolate the pain site. In other words, no extreme twists, turns and bends. If it's severe chronic, you still eventually may need surgery [surgery should be your last recourse]. Only you and a physician can determine what's right for you.
I recommend if not severe chronic [which It may not be, because you state "hold off due to costs and time off"]. Try working on isolation exercise activities not to further aggravate (slow stretches while lying on flat surface - research this on google using words like "heal back and torn disc and back stretch."
While at rest try lying on ice pack frequently throughout day if you can, or against the back of a chair. Or go to medical home supplies and find a back ice pack harness that you can refreeze often and wear throughout the day.
Take anti-inflammatory and ask your doctor for a prescription of muscle relaxers for evening and pain killers to help throughout the day. Settling in for the evening is when the back tenses up. Muscle relaxants do a wonderful job at keeping the muscles relaxed.
But if you have seen a doctor, they may, or may not have recommended, or advised against some of these things due to severity of tear. I can't know these things. I do recommend you be referred to a physiatrist if you feel the pain is chronic (They specialize in chronic Pain management).
There is a back injury severity that may cause further damage to the nervous system if surgery is not done timely. This is why you must way all the information with the doc's and make the best decision for you.
You may be able to request a referral from your primary, or back specialist to an acupuncturist if you've not tried this.
I wish you good health and that your pain will be alleviated soon.
Thank you for the suggestions, it has taken me over two years for me to get a diagnosis. I currently am taking Motrin or Tylenol on an occasion. I have tried several different treatment options with no avail, including physical therapy, cortisone shots, anti-depressants, and other drugs. I hope to have surgery sometime next year.
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