BlueShift: So, I've been having ongoing poblems with a dodgy disc in my lower back. I initially tried babying it - no particular treatment, just being gentle and trying not to anger it. After a month or two, I gave up on that plan and signed on with a Physio who proceeded with various manipulations. After another 6 weeks or so it had improved, but not a whole lot, so the physio passed me to her colleague who did acupuncture. Again, things improved, but not cured. During a gap in ACC coverage, i went back to babying it, and it got markedly worse, so, on the advice of various folks, I went to an Osteopath. He manipulated things a bit, with no noticeable improvement and then it got wayyy worse. So I went to my doctor who prescribed me morphine and referred me to a specialist for an MRI, and to another physio.
After a week on the morphine, I have improved back to about the point I was when I first decided to go see a physio. And it all started back in early August or so.
So my question, how may others have had the bad back with the nerve pinching and the shooting pains down the back of the leg? And if so (or if you have your own pain issues) what sort of treatment has done the trick for you? Physio? Osteo? Chiro? Homeo? Drugs and modern medicine, or herbs and new age quackery?
My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government
ajobbins: After a few days of riding my brand new motorbike I am finding it is doing good things for my back.
It's quite a sporty riding position and it forces me to use some muscles to hold myself right, which seems to be strengthening them.
I often sit really badly at my desk at work, but I find the motorbike makes me sit with my back straight and it has been feeling better every day.
BigHammer: The wait list for an MRI in the public system is horrendously long. In saying that, they have acknowledged this and are using private hospital facilities to help get through the list faster. Wife still had to wait four months after seeing the specialist at Akl City Hospital before getting an MRI done at a private facility yesterday.