Good Morning! If you are one of my regular readers, you would remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about having some pretty severe problems with my hips for two years. I went to a doctor that my parents recommended who thankfully was within my Kaiser network and have gotten some interesting news back. It appears that I have two bulging discs and one herniated disc, that is pinching nerves. Well, no wonder my hips were killing me!
Kaiser of course is recommending surgery on the herniated disc, as a matter of fact, neurosurgery called me to set up an appointment before I had even processed this news. When I spoke with the doctor initially to get the results from the MRI I made it quite clear that I was adamantly against surgeries and asked her how she felt about alternative therapies for this sort of thing. She said that she would have suggested Yoga, but since I have been practicing that very loyally for the past two years, that is obviously not helping. The problem she says is that the herniated disc is higher than usual, it is the disc between T12 and L1, which means it is at the bottom of my rib cage, not at the lower back, where discs normally slip. This makes it more important to the support and functionality of my organs.
I have not had great luck with surgeries in the past, as a matter of fact I could probably write a book on the subject. Not that I've ever had drastic problems with anesthesia or anything, just looking back on things I think I would do things very differently now. But, I'm scared to death of Chiropractors too. We have a friend that passed away one hour after seeing his chiropractor suddenly at the age of 50, he had just had a medical work up for new insurance and was one of the healthiest people we knew. Now, I know it is crazy, but I have always had an odd feeling about his death (could be shock) and you know I don't take my odd feelings lightly. Really, I do not mean to offend the chiropractic loving people out there, I'm just sharing my own personal fear.
So, I really have a quandary on my hands. I'm a skeptic of the medical field anyway, scared of alternative healers (not necessarily the methods) and wonder if they are what they say they are, but don't want to go through a couple more years of pain. In situations like these, who do you turn to for advice? Your friends and family of course. I'd really like to hear what you all have to say on this subject, do you have horror stories, or recommendations? I'd really love to hear any stories of miracles, of course!