The one thing I did find to be a saving grace in terms of pain management is the CieAura PureRelief holographic disc. This is like f#%&*^g magic!
I was skeptical when someone gave me a sample of this little disc that you just stick to the area that hurts and voila! (insert goofy French accent here) you feel better immediately. Oh sure…
Well… It actually worked! I felt better immediately. Each disc is good for about 3 days. Then you replace it with another. It’s like new-age acupuncture. Amazing! Seriously.
If you want to check it out: http://warrenpaulharris.cieaura.com
Another godsend in terms of back pain relief: Sometime in the early 80s I invested about $300 of my hard-earned
money in an OrthoPod, (which is no longer made). It’s a compact inversion traction platform that folds up and stashes in your closet when you’re not using it. This has been invaluable when I’m in a lot of pain. The concept is simple enough. You hang upside down like a bat for a few minutes and it relieves pressure on the nerves being crushed by your discs and vertebrae that have compressed and failed over the years. I don’t know what I would have done without it.
Now I’m going to have one for sale!
For 3 years we waited for the Maverick Disc Replacement to be approved by the FDA. This was the one solution to my problem that did not involve 3 feet of steel rods and a couple of fist-fulls of bolts to hold my spine in place. If I’d had a couple of hundred grand to spend, we could have spent several months in France or Germany and had these disc replacements – along with several fusions – done there. After waiting years for the Maverick, it became clear it was never going to be approved and the only option for me was multi-level fusion with steel rods and bolts to hold my spine in place. My range of motion would be greatly reduced and I would likely never get on any commercial flight again without some really personal attention from the perverts at TSA.