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Jun 29, 2018 · 77 years old -- unable to rise from chair for the last 15 years. in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I am 76 and a year of accidents to my already damaged back, a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder, a broken radius in 4 places in my previously broken left arm and shoulder, etc left me with the same problem. However, a yoga Chair Pose done daily 10 times followed by rising from a sitting position in a straight chair again 10 times daily worked for me. A chair pose is simply sitting with your rear stuck out behind you without touching a chair seat (it’s probably on the internet). I also try to walk 30 mins a day which has revived my leg muscles.

I do understand your desire to avoid surgery. However, from my own experience, postponing surgery can get you to a point where something’s is so far gone that recovery is seriously difficult and painful as it was for my left knee TKR or no longer possible as it is for my S1 and L3-5 spinal stenosis and my torn rotator cuff. I wish you the best and will pray for you. Leslie

Apr 24, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I belong to chronic pain and bone and joint groups which have been very helpful. In February, I fell and torn an already damaged rotator cuff. Is there a Mayo Clinic support group for that? Leslie324

Feb 6, 2018 · Spinal stenosis- lumbar in Spine Health

I have lumbar spinal stenosis in L3,4,5 plus damage from an old fracture around S1 which I reinjured in a fall in November. Orthopaedic surgeon said surgery would fix one but the other would get worse. I investigate laser therapy and serum injections. I chose laser therapy. I had over 2 months of laser and spinal decompression therapy and can now walk, do yoga and Zumba and housework. I go once a month to a chiropractor for a tune up. Am very glad I did this but was prepared to go to Mayo Clinic if it did not work. Cost was $6000 in Rochester NY area plus $98 for tune up. My Medicare advantage plan does not cover it. You are in my prayers. Leslie324

Jan 27, 2018 · Pain clinic in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Good idea. No, I didn’t think of either idea. Thank you. Leslie

Jan 20, 2018 · Pain clinic in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have gone to 2 pain clinics for my back pain. The first (now closed) prescribed a variety of neuro meds like Lyrica, Gabapentin etc but I reacted badly to all I tried. The doctor then did injections to kill a nerve in my back. This gave me years of relief. I went to the 2nd last year. He tried epidurals which lasted only a matter of days. Then sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon who said surgery not the answer. As I reported elsewhere, I got relief from a chiropractor doing spinal decompression and laser treatments. This helped with spinal stenosis, arthritis and sciatica. Unfortunately, I had a bad fall during treatment which caused a flare up of pain from an old untreated fracture at the base of my spine which I am now doing physical therapy and yoga for. I still need to take Vicodin for any heavy work.
What I have looked for and not found is a clinic similar to one my cousin in Ireland found helpful. They stressed alternative treatments such as biofeedback. Leslie324

Dec 19, 2017 · Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement in Joint Replacements

I had surgery for a fractured femur in 2005. Ever since had periodic pain in that area. Finally changed orthopaedists and found out the plate and screws in it are irritating thigh. Nurses have advised me to have the hardware removed. If pain worsens, I will. I am now 75 and in good health except for my “bird bones” from my red haired grandmother. I do enjoy the expressions on the faces of airport security when they see all my skeleton hardware! @leslie324

Dec 16, 2017 · Excrutiating thigh muscle pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Like you, I had terrible pain going from lower back, thigh, knee (replaced in 2012), leg ankle and foot. Lasted 7 months. Saw my PCP, did physical therapy which helped a little, went to pain clinic where epidural shots helped only briefly, had an MRI and was sent to an orthopaedic surgeon. He said I had spinal stenosis in L3,4&5 and other issues in S1. Surgery not a solution as what would help one problem would make other worse. From research on this site, I learned about stem cell and laser therapy. He was not too encouraging about either. But I was desperate since my husband is not in good health. Chose laser therapy (NOT surgery) after discussion with my vet who has seen positive results in pets. It is done by a chiropractor along with spinal decompression and I have to do physical therapy as well. In 3 weeks I was feeling better. Chiropractor said worst of pain from sciatic nerve. Then, I had a bad fall, breaking my wrist in 4 places, bruising my left rib cage badly and re-injuring an old untreated fracture at the base of my spine. Back to chiropractor 3 times a week and recently adding physical therapy again. I am feeling like a new person. To get through today, you could try ice packs or heat, an over the counter inflammatory if you can take them and, if you cannot reach your doctor, try a walk in clinic. I would not try magnesium without asking a doctor. You might want to consider asking for a referral to a pain clinic or orthopaedist. Hope this helps. Leslie324

Nov 14, 2017 · Laser treatment for spinal stenosis? in Spine Health

After a week of pain in my ribs and lower back, I went back to the chiropractor. My ribs and lower back are badly swollen and inflamed. So he just did a long laser session on both areas and then ice packs which I am continuing at home. Feeling somewhat better. Got rid of morphine given in hospital as made me totally loopy. I am recommending laser treatment at this point and also now know that offering patients heavy drugs rather than true pain relief does really happen. Thank you all for your interest and support. Leslie324