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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:


During and after Aug 2002, I 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,

In July 2003, after many years of being stubborn, I basically gave up and packed it in with climbing, scrambling, climbing, cycling, rollerblading and instead, I bought a fly rod. I can at least hike to a nearby backcountry lake sometimes and fly fish without pain, or wander the wonderful streams and rivers of Southern Alberta in search of a trout.

I always suspected that exercising exacerbated my back problem but it doesn't take a long walk to leave most fishermen behind, thankfully. And once you actually start learning how to catch fish, it's a hoot!! Watch for my next book: Save your sanity by flyfishing.


 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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