21 August 2011

Repair of Herniated Discs

About two years ago, I suddenly discovered that I could not stand upright and later found, via CAT Scans, that I had several bulging or herniated discs in my lower spine.   For more than a year, had you called out "Hey, Igor," I would have turned around and answered you.  To function at all, I was forced to go to a pain management clinic. I have been going there, every 28 days, ever since, in order to obtain prescriptions for oxycodone. Unfortunately, I have built up a tolerance for the milder opiates and they do not help as much as they did at first.

I tried Acupuncture, at first, to alleviate the pain, but I found no relief whatsoever in that.

To repair the damaged discs, I was later advised by friends to go to a chiropractor who uses a decompression machine to restore the discs to their proper size and placement within the spinal column.

I went to Dr. Jeff Hazim in Pompano Beach, Florida, who prescribed decompression treatment three times a week for a few months. It took a while, but I was eventually able to stand upright again without pain. Unfortunately, at that time, I discovered that I must have a similar problem with the discs in my neck because I found myself looking at the ground and unable to raise my head without great effort and pain.

Decompression treatment, in a nutshell, is stretching and releasing one's spine, repeatedly, by just a few millimeters, for half an hour. This makes the targeted discs return to their original shape, position and function, wherein they take in as much spinal fluid as leaves them, so that they draw back within the spinal column and no longer press against the nerves.

He repeated the treatment, this time for my neck, and it has improved, but I still undergo massage and electrical stimulation and I am very slowly improving. I am taking a bit less oxycodone than I was and I hope to eliminate pain killers entirely before much longer.

As expensive as the pain management doctor and pills are, I had to continue with them, all this time, while having my spine repaired.

Should anyone reading this blog have similar problems and live in South Florida, I would suggest giving Dr. Hazim a call. I understand that my discs were in particularly bad shape, so I do not expect most people to have to undergo treatment for as long as I have.

Below is an update to this post:

Because the  Feds were giving pain clinics such a hard time, down here, even the pharmacies and hospitals were unable to get their painkillers and I ended up going cold turkey and didn't leave my house for two weeks.  It was still some time after that before I felt reasonably up to working again.  Needless to say, I did not go back to the pain clinic, but continued on with the Dr. Hazim.

I have again included a couple of coupons for both pain treatment and massage.  I removed the originals because they had an expiration date, but he's still honoring them, two years later, and I whited out the date and clipped off the map because he's moved to 6555 Powerline Road, Suite 103, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33309. 

The phone number is:  954.776.1880
The Fax number is :     954.776.1808

Sorry the coupons are so small, but making them any larger would have most of them off the screen.


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