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Nov 26, 2019 · Herniated discs, history of injections, is it time for surgery? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

In 1978, I also had the disk at L5 herniate. After two months of bed rest and trying to get the disk to slip back in place, I had surgery at Mayo. Immediately after waking up from surgery, I knew they had fixed the issue. A therapist helped with recovery and gave me a set of exercises that I have pretty stuck done regularly since then. Until advanced degenerative arthritis showed up about four years ago, i had had zero back problems. The exercises focus on the core and posture. I can offer only one piece of advice. In my case, I am sure the physical therapy helped me live a relatively pain free life. At least until this #$!# arthritis came into my life.

Oct 5, 2019 · SI Joint injections in Spine Health

In April of this year I had three injections in the spine. At the time of these injections, I was not able to lay down without extreme pain. Over the next 3 weeks, the pain subsided and I was able to again lay down and start a moderate spine exercise program recommended by a therapist at Dan Abrams Healthy Living Center in Rochester, MN. I have been diagnosed with advanced degenerative osteoarthritis. My spine, neck, shoulder and knees are the principle locations of frequent discomfort. I have had approximately 10 injections over the years. For the spine, I have found tai chi and Qi quong to be helpful. One movement in particular focused on the “posture of infinity”. I do both Tai Chi and Qi Quong daily. The mindfulness exercises in these have helped to pull the my focus to something other than the joint discomfort. I have used Tylenol Arthritis with some help, but don’t like the feeling I get after taking it. Several other prescribed pain meds have also left me feeling worse than without taking them. Currently, Tylenol arthritis is the only one I will take.
Good luck to a fellow 73 year old.

Sep 10, 2019 · Lumbar Steroid Injection vs Facet Nerve Block in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thank you. That was one of the more enlightening posts I’ve read. Excellent.

Aug 27, 2019 · Arthritis in neck and lower back in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with advanced degenerative osteoarthritis. Here are some things I've done that I think has made a difference. I've included some references that others might find useful.

1. I read 2 books, "Mayo Clinic on Arthritis" by April Chang-Miller and David Sobel's, "Arhtritis: What Exercises Work". Highly recommended. I really needed a better understanding of what I had and how to deal with it.

2. I made an appointment at Dan Abrams Healthy Living Center with a physical therapist. ( I asked for exercises that would help me deal with the arthritis in my spine and neck. It took several months to be able to do these exercises. Some were painful when I started, but they have all gotten easier. They have two major benefits. They add strength to my core and they improve my range of motion. You will sweat if you do these exercises. I do these exercises at least 3 times per week. They take about 20 minutes. I do other exercises for strength and aerobic conditioning.

3. The Arthritis Foundation, (, recommends Tai Chi. I got the video and learned the routine. Even if you can't stand, you can do this routine. Mindfulness and balance are the two biggest benefits I have obtained from my daily routine. The mindfulness has helped me to deal with the daily pain.

4. The Mayo book recommends losing weight. I lost 50 pounds on a program offered by the Veterans Administration. The program is more of a life style change than a diet. I've kept the weight off for two years now and have noticed a marked improvement in my knee joint and hip pain.

5. I've had 3 cortisone shots in my spine, a couple in my knees, and 3 in the shoulder. All have helped for about 3-6 months. About once a week I take a Tylenol Arthritis.

At my last doctor's appointment, my doctor said I still have "advanced degenerative osteoarthritis", but I have amazing mobility for someone with my x-rays.

Aug 22, 2019 · Arthritis in neck and lower back in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi, first time here. 4 years ago I was diagnosed with advanced degenerative osteoarthritis. The spine has been particularly painful. 3 months ago, I had cortisone shots in the spine. Hadn’t laid horizontal in two months. 3 weeks after injections, I was able to lay down and sleep for a short time. Since then I’ve been doing back and neck exercises provided by Dan Abrams therapist. Sleeping in bed now and back pain is moderate. These exercises seem to be helping and I would highly recommend them for those with arthritis in the spine. I usually do back exercises every other day. I also got a Tai Chi disc recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. I learned the 12 step “Arthritis” section and recently started on the 24 movement version. Helped my balance, which at 73 years of age is becoming a problem.