MRI Results; Options; Time to make a Pro/Con List
So, I had my MRI yesterday, and I already got the call from my neurologist w/ the results: verdict – herniated disc. He’s giving me a referral to a surgeon to discuss options. Hubby and I have talked. I will talk to my Chiro, too. Already talked to my Physical Therapist (who says I’m ready for the spinal conditioning class, btw).
It is my opinion that this boils down to a two-sided issue – one, being the physical/structural defect – i.e., the herniated disc; two, the lifestyle factors like diet (inflammation) and soft-tissue strength – i.e.. core stability. It is my experience these last three years that the ‘exercise’ and ‘diet’ portions of the program will only get my recovery so far. We look at what caused this – the original injury 15 years ago. At the time, I did a year of chiropractor visits and physical therapy, being told at the end of it that I was ‘permanent and stationary’, i.e. “Disabled” and would not experience any further improvement in my condition.
So – my options are some form of surgery and/or further chiropractic visits. I need to know how much I could expect to improve with just Chiro & the diet & exercise vs what surgery could potentially do for me & then do some benefit/risk analysis.
In a perfect world, I could get a bionic disc & support that new status with Paleo and CrossFit. Somewhere between there and where I live in reality, is a status we’ll have to work hard to determine & realize. lol
If you’ve had experience with a herniated disc, I would love to hear from you about your experience with your chosen treatment path. Thanks!
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