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chronic nerve pain
Posted by: joy robins
Date: September 26, 2000 6:08 AM

I have chronic (4 years now) nerve pain radiating from my low back into my ankles and feet (both legs). CAT Scan shows two slightly bulging discs at L-4, L-5, but doesn't show any nerve impingement. Pain is sharp and random from buttocks to toes. PT thinks there is a problem within the disc itself. I've been to lots of doctors, but haven't gotten a diagnosis. My physical therapist says that my symptoms are consistent with a disc problem. PT, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, magnets, anti-inflammatories, have not helped. Movement, such as walking and dancing provide some relief. Can 't sit or stand for very long at all. Lying down and traction help. Could this be helped with prolotherapy? Or I've heard of another treatment where an enzyme is injected in to the disc - I'm not sure if it is done in the States. Suggestions, comments, advice?

RE: chronic nerve pain
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: September 27, 2000 1:27 AM

Prolotherapy has a good track record in relieving pain from so-called disk problems. The real problem usually turns out to be ligament/connective tissue in origin, even though the disks look bad on MRI, CAT scan or x-ray. Something very new on the scene is treatment of nanobacter infections of the joints. Nanobacter are extremely small bacteria which can colonize and form a tiny calcium matrix on the bone surface which makes contact with cartilage. This pushes the cartilage into an unnatural position and over time causes it to degenerate. There is a simple urine test for this condition and a treatment which works. It stopped my knee arthritis cold in its tracks.

RE: chronic nerve pain
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: September 27, 2000 3:58 AM

Prolotherapy has a good track record in relieving pain from so-called disk problems. The real problem usually turns out to be ligament/connective tissue in origin, even though the disks look bad on MRI, CAT scan or x-ray.



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