No surgery for David

Yesterday, David saw Dr. Akau at Straub Clinic’s sports medicine department regarding chronic back pain.  His X-rays showed arthritis in his hips and arthritis nodules in his back.  He had already seen Dr. Ching for four physical therapy sessions.  Both doctors advised David to continue his exercises at home and refrain from repetitive bending.  An MRI and back surgery are not warranted at this time.  He also was told that surgery would not cure him and could make his problem worse.

Hence, David does not envision surgery this year.  Good news, because he will save money and won’t depend on me for caregiving.  Halleluia!

Meanwhile, David has been using a McKenzie Lumbar Roll on his recliner to ease back pain.  It was prescribed by Dr. Ching and seems to be beneficial:

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7 Responses to “No surgery for David”

  1. Christine Says:

    no surgery is good news!

  2. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Glad to hear that he won’t have surgery. Curcumin (turmeric) is very anti-inflammatory and might help. Best to you and David.

  3. Carole Says:

    Yay! So glad that surgery will not be happening any time soon. Chronic back pain is difficult, to say the least. Hope the lumbar support roll does the trick.

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    I’d go for PT over surgery any time, esp. for back pain.

  5. DJan Says:

    I think this is good news. I use a lumbar pillow that looks a lot like that one. 🙂

  6. anonymousinthemainland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Says:

    I go to Yoga a lot, it has helped all of my body..My neighbor a retired doctor told me back surgery can actually make a person wheelchair bound and my hubs who has many back problems will never have it..We have tens for the backs mine and his and a lumbar pillow and many exercises in the yoga classes and walking..Good your David will not have the MRI and the other stuff you mentioned..Aloha in paradise!

  7. joared Says:

    What the educated doctors in whom you have confidence recommend is probably best. My husband had persistent back pain but was not a candidate for surgery due to other medical issues. I know how wearing the pain can be and sometimes affected his disposition and concentration. Every person’s situation is different and the specific reasons for the pain can vary so what is appropriate for one may not be for another. I also have an acquaintance here whose husband had severe back issues and pain, was finally okayed for surgery which was very successful. Key afterward was keeping weight down. Weight had been an issue for my husband, too, some out of his control due to meds and his lack of physical inactivity due to med issues affecting his feet (no, not diabetic) so couldn’t walk except in the house or to the car.

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