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Sep 8, 2013 · Lumbar fusion l5 s1 5 years ago now severe pain in lower back and left leg weakness and pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

First and foremost have you seen a Mayo Clinic orthopedist about the issue?

My advice would begin there, and have you not yet sought one out, I highly recommend you do so. That being said, should you do so, and should there be any discrepancy between the advice I issue and the advice the Mayo Clinic doctor issues, go with their advice. For the sake of this discussion, what I’m about to say does not constitute medical advice.

Disclaimer aside, until such time as you’ve had your appointment and a personalized plan to help you relieve the underlying cause of the pain while (hopefully) keeping you comfortable in the meantime without the use of opioid drugs; my best suggestion is to use a topical pain reliever such as Biofreeze or Fast Freeze, along with a lower back support such as the lumbar sacral support seen in the photo here:

Most medical supply stores carry items such as the aforementioned, or you could order one online and save a few dollars. Either way, it should help hold you over until you can see a specialist and get a personalized game plan moving forward.

Aug 25, 2013 · Hernia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Have you seen a doctor about the development? That would be the first step I’d advise. In the meantime, you may want to try a compression garment such as those depicted here: .

While they won’t “fix” the problem, they may help bring you some temporary relief while you wait for your appointment with a Mayo Clinic physician. Hopefully, if all goes well, they’ll know what to do in order to permanently resolve the matter to your comfort and satisfaction.

May 14, 2013 · Back pain in Healthy Living

Have you ever tried Biofreeze? It works a whole lot better than any medication I’ve ever heard of.

If you haven’t tried it, it’s at least worthy of a shot before you opt to go down the surgical route. If you’re not familiar with it, that’s probably because it’s relatively hard to find, and only certain companies are allowed to sell it.

May 14, 2013 · All About Vulvar Varicosities in Women's Health

In most cases, sclerotherapy is reserved for women who suffer from varicose veins in the worst of places, but who are in the small minority who do not develop the condition while pregnant.

May 14, 2013 · All About Vulvar Varicosities in Women's Health

Vulvar Varicosities are varicose veins that develop in a woman’s vulvar region, typically during the course of a pregnancy. They can be very painful, and can lead to intense swelling that can make sexual intercourse a non-starter.

Vulvar varicosities are also among the more embarrassing issues a woman will encounter during pregnancy, leading many women to try their best to get through it without informing their doctor. This is a bad idea.

In most cases, vulvar varicosities can be effectively treated using only compression therapy. A special undergarment designed for vulvar varicosities is worn by the expecting mom, applying constant pressure to the vulva and vulvar region. In most cases, this alone is sufficient to bring about significant relief of symptoms.

In severe cases, a technique known as sclerotherapy may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a foam or liquid into the veins themselves in order to reduce the swelling.

May 13, 2013 · vulvodynia in Women's Health

You may want to try treatment by way of compression therapy. There’s a Michigan-based company that makes a product called a V2 Supporter that is used to treat vulvar varicosities. Maybe it would help bring relief to those suffering from vulvodynia.

I can’t promise it will work, but I also don’t know that it’s ever been tried. Here’s the URL:

May 13, 2013 · Osteoporosis??? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I’m not sure, but you need to be taking your calcium with vitamin D and magnesium in order for it to absorb properly.

May 13, 2013 · Hernia repair in Digestive Health

Every hernia surgery is serious. My husband has gone two decades without having the procedure done because of fears he has of going ‘under the knife’.

He wears a special hernia support to help keep them in check and relieve the pain through compression: