THE LATEST LACTIC ACID INJECTIONS FOR BACK PAIN…

According to this week’s Daily Mail Good Health section there is a new type of injection which contains a chemical that our body releases during strenuous exercise which could help treat chronic back pain.

Researchers are injecting lactic acid, which causes the painful burning sensation in our muscles, into discs in the spine.

The theory is that lactic acid plumps up the damaged disc to make it stiffer, which means nerves are less likely to get trapped and cause pain.

This job isn’t always easy

The new injection is designed to stiffen the disc in order to prevent future degeneration. It is known as STA-363, and is given as a single jab into the damaged disc which will then hopefully trigger the production of more connective tissue and collagen, to make the disc stiff but strong.

That, says the developer Stayble Therapeutics will make the disc more stable and won’t compress any nerves as they are no longer able to grow into the repaired disc.

In a new study at the Stockholm Spine Center in Sweden, 15 patients will be given one of three doses of the lactic acid jab, or a placebo.

Watch this space for more information on this as the new studies go ahead.

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MY SURGERY FOR ULNAR NERVE ENTRAPMENT…

After suffering since December with numbness and tingling in the small and ring fingers, and pain in the elbow and fingers, I tried all the conservative methods to heal my problem but it just got worse.  Ulnar nerve entrapment is also called cubital tunnel syndrome and ulnar tunnel syndrome. It’s the second most common nerve entrapment after carpal tunnel syndrome. It can cause numbness, tingling and/or pain in the arm and certain fingers. The condition is caused by compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve.

I saw an Orthopaedic consultant last month who felt it was a trapped ulnar nerve in my elbow and sent me for some nerve conduction tests to confirm his findings. I went back for my results yesterday and it was clear that I have a trapped nerve which needs surgery. I was told that if I decided to leave the surgery then I could run the risk of impaired hand function so I have to have the surgery.

My surgeon will make a cut over the back of your elbow on the inner side. He will cut any tight tissue that is compressing the nerve. Sometimes they may need to remove a piece of bone, or move the nerve so that it lies in front of the elbow, but that will be decided on the day of surgery.

The goals and potential benefits of surgery include:

  • Relief of neural compression
  • Pain reduction
  • Prevention of further deterioration

The chance of obtaining a significant benefit from surgery depends upon a wide variety of factors, and in some it can take a while to recover, but with it being my right hand I just need to get the operation done and hope it all improves.

 

STRUGGLING…

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Most back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers can go through a difficult episode once in a while. An episode that no matter what you take, medication wise and no matter what you try therapy wise, you still struggle with the pain.

The episode I am going through at the moment started before Christmas after a three week respite period from having some facet joint injections. I have tried lots of different types of injection therapy from trigger point to epidurals but this was my first try at facet joint injections.

It was explained to me that the pain relief could be for a matter of days, weeks or more but if I got good pain relief then this was good news as it proved that I some of the pain was obviously from arthritis in my facet joints. An MRI in July last year showed that I had a moderate prolapsed disc but it was not pressing on any nerves and some arthritis had shown up in the facet joints.

The pain free period was the best pain free time I have had in years and so when it came back like a ton of bricks it really knocked me for six. Previous injections had always helped a little and for longer but I had never been as pain free in my lumber spine before.

Since it came back with a vengeance it has slowly but surely just got worse and worse and is now causing me a lot of distress and discomfort. I have a telephone appointment with the pain team at the hospital where I get my injections done next Tuesday. I’m not really sure what they will suggest to help me at the moment as you can only have a certain amount of steroid in a year. I guess I can only hope for some good news.

I’m not one to wallow in my discomfort in fact to keep my mind off my pain I got cracking with another book I was writing which I have just sent through to Amazon to be published which meant I could tick off  one of my New Year resolutions. I love writing a New Year resolution list, I find it inspires me on a daily basis. My list is quite long, and so I will probably not get through them all, but I think it’s more achievable if you have quite a long list. Have you made a New Year resolution list ?

NEVER BE ALONE IN PAIN AGAIN WITH REACHOUT: THE APP…

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You will never feel alone in pain again with this unique, FREE first of it’s kind Social Support App ‘Reachout‘. It helps patients and their families cope with chronic conditions of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, substance abuse, chronic pain like fibromyalgia, arthritis etc, death/grieving and mental health challenges (depression, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, among others) all over the world.

Users are able to connect with others in the support groups to exchange useful coping strategies, offer and receive support and develop lifelong friendships that help reduce loneliness, depression and anxiety. It’s a support system which offers compassion and hope and never feel alone by joining the family of users connected through suffering with the same condition.

The peer to peer support model used in the App is based on the fact that while receiving social support is helpful, offering support is also very therapeutic.  Even if you just wanted a simple lift in your spirits this App will help you. It’s been voted the Best App of the last 2 weeks on Drippler.

Since the release in March 2016, the app has received rave reviews, both from the medical community as well as journalists. A recent 2 minute video coverage by ABC affiliate of Dallas explains this App aptly.

For more details and a direct link to this excellent app head over to Reachout Life website.