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My aching back! continued

The important thing is to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. It may take a lot of tries with various health care professionals, but keep trying.  None of them work together it seems, and each knows little about related fields/procedures. Your traditional family doctor may prove the least knowledgeable of all, but don't give up! My original back problem returned in 1991, and it took till '96 until I could climb like I used to. I still have to (or I'm supposed to!) do the exercises daily and I sometimes still wear the belt while climbing or cycling (or anytime lower back pain bothers me alot). I've worn that darn thing for 21 full hours at a stretch. 

To summarize, maybe you have a problem with your back that can be helped by one of these suggestions. They are:


This past year since Aug 2002, I have had at least six more sets of prolotherapy injections, 6 accupuncture sessions, 10 rolfing sessions, spent $1750.00 on an MRI that showed no problem with my back, and I still go regularly to a chiropracter. Plus I work on my core stability. And guess what: My back still bothers me. S-o-o-o-o,

As of July 2003, after many years, I've basically given up. I've packed it in with climbing, scrambling, climbing, cycling and rollerblading. I bought a fly rod. Piss on it; I've had enough; I quit. Maybe I can at least hike to a backcountry lake sometimes and fly fish without pain.

I always suspected that exercising exacerbated my back problem. Now I'll find out for sure, while getting fat and developing health problems of the masses as well. My next book: Life after Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. B-o-r-i-n-g.


 A few links for back/neck/knee problems+prolotherapy   (1000's of searchable pages on back problems) (explanation of sacroiliac joint problems) (A practising US doctor's page) (article about prolo injections)   Core stability exercises   Core stability exercises (prolotherapy for backs and knees) (ankylosing spondilitis arthritis)   (ankylosing spondilitis arthritis) (article on latest herniated disc surgery)

Use this advice at your own risk.


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