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DIFFERENT TYPES OF INJECTIONS FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF – WHICH ONE HAVE YOU TRIED?…

I have previously written about a number of different types of injections for back pain relief from trigger points to epidurals, all of which I have tried. Some other types which I have not tried are an injection that dissolves a herniated disc, an ozone injection and recently an a lactic acid jab is the latest technique to ease back pain.

The Mayo Clinic wrote that Chymopapain is injected directly into a herniated (“slipped”) disk in the spine to dissolve part of the disk and relieve the pain and other problems caused by the disk pressing on a nerve. It seems quite widely available in the US but I cannot find it being used in the UK.

According to the Daily Mail, Good Health section, the injection uses a drug produced from bacteria which then digests the tissue that’s ruptured out of the disc. The tissue then shrinks so it no longer compresses the nerves.

Researchers say that the jab might even be as good as surgery, and Arthritis Research UK said that ‘if it works, an injection to dissolve a herniated disc in order to reduce pain is a good idea’.

The injection is put into the centre of the soft disc material under general anaesthetic which then dissolves the main compounds found in the inner disc. In a trial in Japan, patients had significant improvement in leg pain after three months.

According to the Pro Health Clinic who offer Ozone injections Medical Ozone injection therapy has built a reputation for achieving results when all other treatments have failed. The treatment is used to relieve pain, repair, strengthen and regenerate the following structures: joints, cartilage, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and bursa.

The treatment was named ‘Prolozone Therapy’ because it involves the injection of medical ozone and nutrients to proliferate cells in a weak or damaged region of the body. To proliferate cells means to multiply and increase the number of them.

Prolozone Therapy proliferates chondrocyte and collagen cells. Cartilage is formed mainly of chondrocytes. Spinal discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and bursa are formed mainly of collagen. The treatment increases the number of these cells through activating chondroblasts and fibroblasts, which are the pre-curser building blocks to chondrocytes and collagen.

Medical Ozone injection therapy has the ability to provide complete relief of symptoms, even in severe conditions that have been present for many years. The treatment is naturally anti-bacterial, so deemed one of the safest injections on offer within medicine. It works on any type of pain problem you may have.

Finally, the acid jab that my beat back pain. In The Daily Mail article they wrote that once-in-a-lifetime jab may treat back pain. In a new trial, injections of lactic acid — a syrup-like substance formed in sour milk and found naturally in our bodies — are being given to 120 patients with lower back pain caused by disc problems.

The researchers say that the jab will make the discs, which sit between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine, tougher and more resilient — and could remove the need for surgery for many.

Around eight in ten people have back pain at some point, and up to one in four cases is caused by disc problems.

Lactic acid is a natural by-product of energy production in the body — it builds up in the muscles after exercise and is thought to be what makes them ache.

Its use in alleviating back pain is based on the idea that it encourages the development of collagen, which makes the disc tougher and resilient. Orthopaedic surgeons have long reported that patients experiencing back pain related to disc problems often have less pain as they get older, as with age the collagen in the discs becomes tougher and so the discs are able to provide more support to the spine. 

But these changes take decades, and the theory is that the lactic acid injection has the same effect — but in weeks.

Animal studies have shown that just one month after the injection, the centre of the discs had been replaced by dense fibrous tissue, as the collagen solidifies.

A small trial on 15 patients at the Stockholm Spine Centre in Sweden found no serious safety issues and MRI scans suggested the discs did become more solid after the jab.

In the new trial in hospitals in the Netherlands, Spain and Russia, patients will have the jab or a placebo. The researchers say they expect the benefits to be felt within four to 12 weeks and will hopefully last the patient’s entire life.

Hopefully the last injection I have written about will soon be available to anyone suffering from back pain. If you have had any of these injections I have listed I would love to hear from you.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Daily Mail, Arthritis Research UK, Pro Health Clinic

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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT PORTABLE MATTRESS TO SLEEP ON…

With schools just broken up and Covid-19 numbers still rising I am sure there will be double the amount of people deciding to camp and self cater. But, without the right portable mattress it could end up ruining your holiday and leaving you in a lot of pain.

I’m sure many of you back pain sufferers are similar to me when staying away from home. The mattress that you sleep on can either make or break your holiday. For me personally, to hard and then I am as stiff as a board, to soft and my back wakes me up with every move I make.

I have written a few posts on mattress toppers as they are so important to back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers but I must admit I have not tried any camping mattress toppers. 

I came across the Duvalay, which specialise in mattress toppers for travel and caravans. The Duvalay travel mattress toppers is used by our customers as a portable mattress topper, caravan topper, camping topper, and in a huge variety of leisure vehicles such as boats, motorhomes and campervans.

  • Comes with a zipped, washable protective cover
  • Highest density memory foam for maximum comfort
  • 2.5cm depth foam rolls up and stores easily
  • Secures with straps for easy use and storage

Innovatively designed to promote a restful night’s sleep, this compact topper just rolls out smoothing away all surface lumps and bumps.

For ease of use they recommend using there zipped sheets which only need to be removed for washing. They also have storage bags for all of there toppers

They are all supplied with a luxurious inner stretch fabric cover and elasticated straps that keep the mattress nearly rolled for storage. A must for any back pain sufferer. They start from £79.95

The Duvalay sleep system combines optimum sleeping comfort with incredible ease of use. This clever product consists of a bottom pocket with memory foam (available in 3 different thicknesses) and the top pocket houses a conventional duvet (available in 2 different thicknesses). Simply unroll your Duvalay sleeping bag to use; making your bed takes just a few seconds.

Duvalay memory foam sleeping bags are specially designed for use in your motorhome, motorcaravan, truck, boat etc. Most caravan and campervan beds are at best a compromise, often being designed primarily as daytime seats with sleeping as an afterthought, and a collection of cushions pushed together is never going to make a truly comfortable mattress. The Duvalay memory foam evens out these joins, taking your camping comfort to a whole new level.

Another benefit of the Duvalay sleeping bag is that because the memory foam and duvet are attached all down one edge, you can’t suffer either from the duvet falling off during the night, or from it moving and causing a cold spot against the wall. But unlike a conventional sleeping bag, because the Duvalay is only attached on one edge, you can kick your legs out during the night if you wish.

The concept of Duvalay’s simply ingenious, comforting mattress toppers arose from necessity…

Along with the many millions of people worldwide who embrace caravans as their ‘homes from home’, Liz and Alan Colleran were troubled by the insomnia and back pain associated with caravanning, where the perfect leisure environment is so often compromised by a frustratingly uncomfortable bed. This was the start of their journey which took them onto Dragons Den. 

The Duvalay story rocketed to fame in 2011 when Liz and Alan – along with their much-loved, heroic flagship product, the Duvalay memory foam sleeping bag – embarked upon a nerve-wracking journey to the Dragons’ Den. Their appearance on the hit BBC show led to national brand awareness, as well as a business-boosting investment by ‘Dragon’ and Pall-Ex empire founder Hilary Devey CBE. Fresh from the Dragons’ Den, Duvalay outgrew its original factory and eventually moved on to a new site in Gomersal – complete with its welcoming and homely drop-in showroom, exciting enhanced production line and office space for its growing workforce.