Bulging Discs, Traction, and Pain Management

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Well, I found out yesterday that as well as having degenerative disc disease throughout my cervical and thoracic spine, I also have a bulging disc that is pressing on the nerves surrounding it and likely causing most of the excruciating upper back pain I have been experiencing for several years now. The doctor wants me to do traction therapy and then see pain management for injections and other pain modalities that might help. I’m pretty bummed about it.

On one hand, I am thankful they aren’t pushing for surgery yet, but on the other hand I know the doctor isn’t ruling it out and that kind of scares me. I know for some people traction works wonders, but for others it doesn’t. I hope it helps me. Anything that keeps me from having to be eventually sliced open is a good thing in my opinion. I figured I would share this information with an old drawing I did years ago entitled “Crick in the Neck” (pictured above). I figured it fit the subject matter well, and it was always one of my favorite drawings I’ve done. If the treatments do help the pain, it would be really good for my art and my writing, as both are hard to do when my back is acting up (since the pain shoots down into my arms as well).

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12 thoughts on “Bulging Discs, Traction, and Pain Management

  1. bless you, M, I’ve suffered with this most of my life. Jan 8 and 11 I’ll have my back fused. Just had lower neck fused last month. Ugh. I dread it but look forward to much less pain than before. The traction really helped me, and I hope you get relief soon. All the best. Terri

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  2. So sorry to hear that, Maranda. My sister has had good results with traction, especially after a bad accident. Cervical mostly. I think a bulging disc. Takes a lot of treatments.
    My 24 yr old son already has the cervical spine of a 50 yr old man. Doesn’t bode well for his future, but maybe conservative treatments will work even better in the future. He is having an experimental treatment: (relatively) high power near infrared laser. Regenerative hopefully!
    So glad I rarely have pain with my ME/CFS.

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    • I’m really sorry to hear that about your son. That would suck. I often feel like my spine is way older than it should be too after all it has been through. You are lucky to not have much pain with ME/CFS. That is rare I would think!

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  3. Try meditation it will not cure it or stop your fear. It may help you cope hold a amethyst crystal while meditating if you have one concentrate the meditation on it.

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