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					The Pain and Agony of a Herniated Disc

Many people that we know have lived with the pain and suffering of a
herniated disc for large portions of their lives. This is one of the most
common back problems and can cause anything from mild discomfort to
debilitating jolts of pain that leave sufferers unable to even get up from their
beds. Not being able to get up out of bed in the middle of the night to
go to the bathroom is just one of the complaints that have been registered
with doctors interviewed. One victim of a herniated disc said that he would
have to get on the floor and crawl to the toilet in order to go to the
bathroom, the pain was that severe.

Many patients describe the pain as radiating down their legs. Some say
they lose feeling in their extremities and especially in their lower leg. This
is the type of pain that is associated with sciatica and comes from the
herniated disc pushing against the long ropy nerve that runs next to the
spinal column. This is perhaps the most crippling of pains and millions of
people have suffered from this condition for years with no relief in sight. If
you look back just thirty years ago, which is not that long ago, patients
were frightened to have back surgery because of the inherent risks that
were involved. It seemed that doctors knew very little about the back and
how to operate successfully on it and it was not until the advent of laser
and microsurgery that surgeons got a real handle on how to alleviate these
situations for their patients.

Even today with all of the hardware, software, education, experience and
training available, doctors will wait until it is absolutely necessary before
recommending back surgery, it is that unpredictable. There are countless
testimonials and certainly the average person hears them during the course
of their daily lives about botched surgeries that have left patients crippled for
life, in need of further surgeries, or even dead on the table. The spine is
still a source of great mystery to many doctors though they would probably
not admit as much.

When the inside of the disc ruptures, or herniates, the inside portion of the
disc, called the nucleus pulpusus, sticks out of the disc and pushes against
the spinal cord nerve. The nerve there is very sensitive and any light touch
can feel like you are being prodded with electric wires or getting hit by a
fireplace poker.

People still go to chiropractic practitioners for treatment though there is much
debate in the medical community and many doctors think that they do more
harm than good. These “doctors” put you up on a gurney and twist and
crack your neck and back, trying to “realign” the spine, according to them.
Many patients do swear by them and go on to live normal lives without
surgery.
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