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prolotherapy/neck pain/back pain
Posted by: Steven Williams
Date: July 4, 2000 7:04 AM

I have chronic low back pain/sciatica (5 years), and now chronic neck pain the last 7 months. I am now 21 years old. I am unable to work due to my conditions Even the sciatica alone I could only ever last 2-3 months employed because I couldn't put up with the pain all day everyday. I read your book on Back and Neck Pain and want to start following the program, I already exercise and eat well and am trying to give up smoking. I have had diagnoses like Degenerative Disc Disease and been told to live with the pain which even if I wanted to I can't be as active as I would like to be. A GP thinks I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (I am also HLA-B27+ but am pretty mobile) and will be seeing another Rheumatologist soon. My neck pain is very hard to explain. If I am looking down, like to make dinner the neck becomes sore and weak after about 2 minutes. Looking up and holding my head looking up hurts right in the centre about C3-C5. Also in the same area (C3-C5) is a ligament that whenever I move my arms it rolls around from one side of the bone to the other and I can also manually move it. It doesnt hurt unless I put pressure on the area but it is an annoying feeling as it pops around all the time, it definately wasn't there before my neck pain started. I also have a grinding sound in my neck whenever it is rotated which I know is common in people with spondylitis and some people with no problems at all. I have mentioned this to all doctors I have seen and all of them have said that no one knows what causes that sound. Is this true? The 6th step in your plan to recovery from Back and Neck Pain is prolotherapy so I would follow the other 5 first. I live in Australia and cannot find anyone who knows about Prolotherapy/Ligament Reconstructive Therapy in the Medical Industry. It seems to have been around a long time in the U.S. Is it possibly called a different name here?

Thanks very much for your time.


RE: prolotherapy/neck pain/back pain
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 4, 2000 6:02 PM

It is rather odd for such a young person to be having this problem and this is where the thought of RA comes from. If this is not the problem, and if this is not injury related we are left with the possibility of early aging of this part of your body. Arthritis and joint degeneration is thought to be a free radical disease and therefore high dose intake of anti-oxidants, especially vitamin C in the ascorbate form FOR LIFE is recommended, also chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and MSM to restore and maintain the health of cartilage FOR LIFE. The creaky sounds from movement of the neck are from ligaments and tendons separating from their surrounding structure and slipping past each other and the bony structures. As to prolotherapy, this would probably help you. I do not have a large list of doctors in Aussieland who do the procedure. Call Terence Vardy, D.O. at (617)536-2343 in Tweed Heads, NSW and see if he can help you.

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