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Old 6th August 2017, 07:30 PM
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Default Herniated disc? Replace it with glass!

In fact bioglass. This was new to me, maybe also to many of you, but with many of us getting old and suffering from the usual problems of old age it is encouraging that maybe one day we can just get a new disc instead of fusion surgery.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2017...-be-with-glass

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This same bioglass could find an additional use in aiding people with chronic back pain due to herniated discs. At the moment surgeons treat this by replacing the dysfunctional disc with a bone graft which fuses the vertebrae in the back together. But while this takes away the pain, it results in a considerable loss in mobility. Instead, a bioglass implant could be printed and simply inserted to replace the faulty disc.
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I never got the fusion job. They are risky. I walk. Lower back pain spasms are unbelievable. Alarming, startling.

Developments in medical technology and scientific discovery in general are the good news stories against the backdrop of all that there is to be concerned about.
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Old 7th August 2017, 06:50 PM
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I never got the fusion job. They are risky. I walk. Lower back pain spasms are unbelievable. Alarming, startling.
Same here with added scoliosis in two directions and a kink in lower back that starts the curve again that makes it a major stress point. Some days i get locked down in bed, unable to get up. I get to live with a region in my lower back and another half way up that radiate pain and hot pins and needles.

I get relief from 2-4 cortizone injections one a year
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Many, many years ago, after the large fall that left me with squished (compression fracture style) vertebrae in a few places, and a long time immobilised, followed by longer rehab, I asked Prominent Neurosurgeon about surgery to "fix things up".

"What are my chances?" I asked the doc.
"Of me putting you in a wheelchair? Oh, about twenty-five percent, I'd say", he chortled.

I didn't get surgery.

(Dissolve to over 20 years, making do.)

Now, just to spice it up, there's arthritis in a few places where ribs meet spine. C'est la merde.

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Pain is solitary, it is isolating. Yuval Harari deems pain and suffering to be as close to reality as it gets for sentient beings.
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