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Community Healing Arts & the Circle of Life 
12:30am 14/04/2008
  I am working to open a family healing arts center in my community to provide a spectrum of care for infants to adults, including midwifery, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, parent groups, childbirth ed, and workshops. My passion is craniosacral, doula care, teaching, and community organizing.

This will happen within the next year, and I am currently gathering resources, developing my business plan, and working with local community small business resources to create a solid plan and support system. I also have practitioners interested and a space lined up for 2009.

I am also a hoopdancer and teacher, and I am in a contest to win $10,000 for my hoopdance video: Gemini Hoops. http://www.clipstar.com/videopage.jsf?video=9_7002_159

Will you please vote for my video and help to fund the creation of my healing arts center? I am currently in 2nd place, and if I win this contest, it will go toward to creation of my family healing arts center and community healing project.

Thank you! I greatly appreciate your support! Your vote counts, please show your support!


Gratitude & Blessings, Kara
New member 
01:05pm 13/04/2008
mood: frustrated
It looks like this community is pretty dead, but I figured I'd try just in case anyone's still reading...

Hey everyone. I'm a 25 year old athlete: mostly cycling, some triathlons, gym workouts, etc. Four years ago I got into riding in the Bike to the Beach MS150: 161 miles in 2 days from San Antonio, TX to Corpus Christi. I rode for my friend Cesar who was diagnosed with MS when he was 24 and is now a paraplegic. I rode for those who could not and now I find myself not being able to do the MS150, but more than that I'm unable to do even simple daily activities because of the herniated disks in my back.

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I've spent the past 4 months continuing those exercises, an insane amount of icing, and using a home use TENS unit. I'd gotten up to 4-5 pain-free days at a time, mixed with some muscle pain if I skipped a stretching session or icing, but my referral pain down my left quad has been gone for 2 months. My workouts have only consisted of cardio on an elliptical machine a lot of ab/back work on the floor to support my back, hip strengthening exercises because my hips are hypermobile, and some upper body workouts to support my back work. Last week I had five amazing symptom-free days, but Friday I spent a few hours sitting on a hard stadium seat at a baseball game. Saturday morning I didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but by lunch time that same pain was back and by the evening I couldn't stand up straight. This morning after stumbling around the house a bit I went to stand up from being seated on the couch and the muscle spasms took me to my knees. My referral pain is back, still just to my knee but not as bad as last time.

I don't know what to do this time...When the pain is this bad I want to call up my doctor and scream "I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DO, JUST TAKE AWAY THE PAIN!" but I know that making rash decisions (like wasting that time at the chiropractor the first time I hurt my back) can have serious long term consequences. I have researched so many options...accupuncture, spinal decompression, the epidural steroid injections... This time I did everything I was supposed to do, didn't do anything out of the ordinary that would have hurt my back, I hadn't even started flexion recovery therapy yet. But it still didn't make any difference: the pain is back anyway.

I'm leaning towards getting the shots because I am desperate for relief, but I'm worried about potential side effects. I hear so many women who have had epidurals during child birth having complications during the injection so that they have MORE back pain afterwards. This is essentially the same procedure only with steroids instead of a spinal block. I am afraid that having these injections will make my back pain WORSE, and I don't think I could handle that. The doctor insists that I'm not a candidate for surgery because he only does surgery for the following reasons: paralysis, gastrointestinal complications due to nerve impingement, and exhausting all other options (including these steroid shots). Is it just a chance I'm going to have to take?? :( Sitting still for 15 minutes drives me crazy so being stuck on the couch on an ice pack is making me INSANE. I can't live this way...
looking for others 
08:45pm 02/03/2008
  what's up i am a 31 male with a hurt back i have had 2 surgerys in less that a year  i am here to find other people to talk to and share info with .  
New Member... 
07:02pm 06/10/2006
  Hey everyone!

I went looking for a community like this because I need some advice.

The backstory...no pun intendedCollapse )

Now, three years later, I'm mostly recovered. I have the occasional pang in my back that lets me know I'm sitting in a way I shouldn't, or doing something incorrectly, but for the most part I'm stabilized. I'd really, really like to get my old job back. I know in order to make sure I don't get hurt again I need to really build those muscles in my abs, back, and legs. The legs I've got covered; abs and back present a bit more of a problem. I've been forbidden to do crunches or use one of those Roman chairs, which limits me a bit when it comes to abdominal work; I have no clue what to do for my back besides rowing.

Does anyone have some good exercises, or links to good pages with exercises for abs and/or back, that take herniated discs into account?

Any advice is much appreciated!
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shots? new intro too. 
10:24am 01/10/2006
  fluoroscopic guided cervical nerve root block.

basically a steroid shot in my back guided by an advanced x-ray. sounds fun. not.

so i'm scared.

who's had one? what REALLY happens? and did you get relief for months at a time as they/it claim??

time to get on yr soapbox and give a girl a clue.


so that was my original post in my lj and in another community, both got me no answers. so i know lj is the queen of info so i went searching around. found y'all. scrolled back a few post saw this question kinda addressed but not really as in depth as i'm looking for. never been to chiro, just PT and lots of Flarking pills. i try not to take them on my days off but sometimes i do cos going to a movie is fun to do but sitting not so much, or riding my cruiser on the boardwalk, good exercise but oh-so-much-pain. wasn't really an injury that caused it just a simple twist at the waist but the last 5 discs down to the s/1 (?) are having issues along with some presence of caudal equina. i'm really frightened of anything being inserted INTO the very area that i can't even stand to have touched but it would be nice to be able to shave my legs!!! not to mention some sex...so shots?


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04:07pm 18/08/2006
  Hello all, since I'm new I shall introduce myself. I'm 20 years old, and I've been dealing with back pain for many years now. It's gotten to the point in the last few months that I'm on disabilty and I had to temporary drop out of school. I have a doctor who really likes giving mortin/naproxen and nothing else, thus it's taken me this long to finally figure out what's wrong. I have very severe spondylolisthesis; making my only option lumbar fusion surgery. I've done my research and I fully understand the procedure. This is where I hope you guys can help me: I'm looking for personal experiences on recovery, what was given for pain, and how well it worked for you?  
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New Member 
12:43pm 16/08/2006
mood: confused
Hi Everyone - I just joined the community. I am 29 and never had back pain until this summer. I was reading some earlier entries, and my problem probably isn't as serious as some of yours. But, I haven't had any experience with chiropractors, and I'm hoping to get some advice.

A little more than a month ago, my lower back started hurting. A LOT. Not to the point where I couldn't walk, or had to lay down all the time. But, it is constant pain. It hurts to pick anything up, or bend forward even a little bit. I don't remember one specific instance where I thought "ow, I just hurt my back." I have no clue what did it. I started gardening this spring, and was taking a belly dancing class until this back issue came into play. I guess it could be either of those things that caused it, really. So, after a couple of weeks of it not going away, I finally broke down and made an appointment with a chiropractor.

My first appointment was kind of surprising to me. They just asked me a bunch of questions, had me bend a few ways and tell them where it hurt, and then the chiro just felt my back through my shirt. She told me that a couple of my discs were rotated and out of alignment, and that they weren't moving like they should be. A CMT loosened up my muscles, and then the chiro did a couple of adjustments. I was expecting X-rays and the works. Anyhow, I felt great for a few days, the pain was gone, etc. But then it started hurting again. I've had the same adjustment 3 times now, and my appointments have all been the same, with the same results. I'm supposed to have a fourth appointment today, and I'm worried she's just going to do the same thing, and that it's not going to help. Does this sound like a usual treatment plan? Should I just expect to have back pain forever, and expensive visits to the chiro once a week? I have insurance, but it doesn't cover these adjustments 100%. I'm just not convinced the adjustments are anything more than a temporary fix. Does it sound like I picked a decent doctor, or does any of this seem weird?
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07:16am 21/05/2006
  Hi everyone....

I bent down to pick something up a couple of weeks ago and felt a kinda thud in the bottom of my back. Next day I could hardly walk. Went to the doctors, he had a quick look, gave me a prescription and told me to take painkillers too.

When I checked out the tablets he gave me they are used for the treatment of osteoarthritis. I've had a bad back occassionally before, say about 2 to 3 times a year, lasting for a few days to a week. The pain has eased a lot, but is still there. Is it possible I could have arthritis? my doc just seems to want to write a prescription out and send me on my way! how do I find out for sure? Any tips on natural pain relief?

I'm just not sure where to go from here?
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02:42pm 27/04/2006
  Please. I don't know what is wrong with me.

Everytime I walk I get this pain - seems to be from the inside of my buttock(?) and lower back - that runs down the left side of my thigh. It makes it difficult to walk/run or climb up stairs. I don't know what's up. :\ Any ideas? Or how I can get better? Not being able to go to the gym has been really depressing and I've started to eat all this junk food. Fuck. :\

I just want to get better.
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Finally going for the Microdiscectomy 
07:01pm 24/03/2006
  Ick, after 6 months of PT, epidurals, chiro, massage, and other assorted healing methodologies, I'm going under the knife on Tuesday. Sounds like a pretty routine surgery for the guy, so I look forward to getting some relief. Especially now that they had me stop the NSAIDs, as that was my lifeline man... 10 hours since I stopped and already it's getting wretched... I recall it takes 2-3 days to get all that stuff out of my system, so I should be -REALLY- ready to get worked on by Tuesday.

Any recovery stories? I hear I'll be down for 2-3 weeks, followed by 3 months of light activity. It should be interesting, I was a relatively fit guy before the injury, so I look forward to going back to all the stuff I'm missing out on. 8-)
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05:12pm 06/03/2006
  i was admitted into the hospital wednesday for my slipped disk, they sent me home on 500mgs of percocet but its not working! what do you guys take for pain?  
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06:42pm 10/02/2006
mood: hopeful
I haven't written in a while. Much has happened. After 6 months of trying different treatments for my herniated disk, the doctor said I needed surgery. Everything I tried helped a little, but nothing completely took away the sciatic pain and numbness going down my left leg. Following surgery I had some physical therapy, but couldn't complete the whole regimen since my medical insurance coverage ended.

It's now 3 months after my surgery. My problems are different now, but at least the pain isn't so bad where I can't walk for more than one minute without collapsing in pain. My lower back aches a lot. My right hip really hurts, perhaps because i had really bad posture for a while as a result of the pain. I keep doing stretches my physical therapist showed me.

Now that I've been working more and therefore making more money, I have decided to see a massage therapist. I went yesterday for the first time. What she gave me is called a "medical massage" intended for people with injuris/recovering from surgery. Also helps with posture. It was full body, and fabulous. My right hip, when she pressed on it from the side, had some really nasty pain. She told me to alternate ice with heat on it, like 5 minutes ice, 5 minutes heat, a few times like that to increase circulation. Last night, after the massage and doing that ice-heat thing, i slept with a lot less hip pain.

The same place where I got the massage is also a facility for personal training. I think it will be a worthwhile investment. This place is owned by former olympic athletes and they tailor the program to your specific needs. I need to lose weight too so this seems like it will be perfect. I have a free session on Monday to check it out.

That's an update on me... Hope everyone's finding some relief!
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10:49am 08/01/2006
  I just joined this community, as my fiance had spinal fusion last summer, and we have some issues that we're seeking discussion about.

I read through all the posts, and I have to wonder (and I refuse to offend or step on any toes)....

How does the community feel about discussing back pain and sexual function?
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slipped disk 
11:33pm 04/01/2006
  so i had a mri of my back and they found a slipped disk in my lower back. the doctors havenr done a damn thing yet and they want me to wait till 2/14 to see the surgeon. what can i do for pain? (other than being doped up on pain pills).
p.s. it hurts ALL the time
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cracking your back 
04:59pm 22/11/2005
  cracking you back? does it help or make the pain worse. my friend who is my school ATC.i go to his room and he cracks my back.it helps but it hurts the next day so i have to get it done again. my back hurts because of sports and my back is bent down low.how do i stop this from hurting is their any other help that i can do other than getting my back cracked two or three times a week. any feedback will help  
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"Treat Your Own Back" 
10:08am 04/10/2005
mood: hopeful
I was inspired to make this community after buying the book Treat Your Own Back by Robin McKenzie. It was recommended to me by a few people as being a great remedy for lower back pain. It is specifically tailored to healing lower back pain. When I first got the book though, I wasn't able to do the exercises. The first exercise requires you to lie flat on your stomach and relax and I couldn't tolerate that.

Now after getting 3 epidural steroid injections and doing physical therapy, I can tolerate it. But I'm still having problems and pain. So I decided to revisit the book. The book talks about the importance of lordosis, which is the natural curve of the spine in the lower back, and how important it is to maintain that curve. He explains how to maintain good posture while sitting, standing and sleeping. I bought a lumbar pillow and have started using it a lot when I'm sitting. I'm thinking about buying a pillow for the car too.

I have just started today to do the exercises, which are actually just stretches. They're not ment to strengthen you. I'm able to do the first series of stretches with minimal pain, which I'm so happy about. The book says to do the stretches for 2 or 3 days, or for about a week for chronic pain, and you should feel less pain. The book also says to stop any other exercises you're doing until the pain is gone. I've been going to the gym several times a week, doing what I can, what the physical therapist showed me, and also to help me lose weight. I'm going to stop that at least for a few days and do these stretches several times a day as the book says, and see what happens.

I was really inspired to pick this book up again after someone in another community told me about how she had tried everything to help her back over the course of a year, and nothing worked, until she used this book, and now she's back to normal, speed walking several miles a day. How could I not try it?! Just to be able to walk leisurely around a mall would be nice!

I'll post an update in a couple days on how things are going. I'm really hopeful that this will help me.
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natural pain killing supplement from First magazine 
11:10am 11/09/2005
mood: hungry
In the September 5th, 2005 edition of the magazine First, there was an article on an "all-natural alternative to easing back pain". The article talks about a woman who would have bad back and neck pains. It doesn't specify what was the cause of the pains. Then she started taking DL-phenylalanine (DLPA) supplements, which has 2 forms of an amino acid that boost the body's natural painkilling responses.

"The D form of phenylalanine blocks enkephalinase, a pain-amplifying enzyme in the nervous system, while the L form increases the production of mood-elevating brain chemicals like norepinephrine and dopamine. Experts recommend taking up to 1,500 mg of DLPA daily in two or three divided doses between meals."

The article says that it also works like an antidepressant, gives you energy, and acts as an appetite suppresent.

One can feel effects between one week and one month of taking it.

I just bought some at iherb.com, Twinlab DLPA 500 mg, $10 for 60 capsules, and have been taking it for 3 days. I'm also doing other stuff to help with the pain (mine comes from herniated disk), including getting epidural shots and exercising. I thought it would be worth trying this supplement also.
had an epidural shot 
05:20pm 05/09/2005
mood: groggy
So 3 days ago I had my first epidural injection for my herniated disk. I'm still not sure whether or not it has helped any. I have already been through physical therapy, which helped a bit. I started going back to the gym now and continue to do the exercises the PT showed me. I'm not sure if my back is better or worst. It feels different. I have more of a constant pain in my left hip/outter thigh area. I still get pins and needles but not as frequent, so I'm seeing that as some improvement. The doctor told me it would take 48 hours to see the results and it's been longer than that. Overall I'm just not sure yet if it has helped any.

I have my next shot in a week, on Monday the 12th. I'm going to try to keep going to the gym. Been there twice since the shot, and I'm going to try going after work if my back holds up enough.

For those of you who had these injections before, how long did it take before you felt the effects?

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01:46am 27/08/2005
  I have terrible, lower back pain. It hurts to get up in the morning. It hurts to walk. It hurts to bend down. I have played sports all my life. I still jog, play basketball, and lift weights. To my knowledge, I have never suffered a back injury of any kind. I have Osgood Schlaters in both my knees. A friend told me that your knees can affect your back. His doctor told him that. I actually have pain in several other places(Ankles, Neck, Shoulders, etc.), but lower back pain is the main source of my problems. What can I do to temporarily relieve this pain? Taking 3200mg of ibuprofen daily is not such a safe option.  
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epidural injections 
02:50pm 11/08/2005
  After 4 weeks of physical therapy, i had some good improvements, but not enough where I can function normally. I still can't walk or stand for long periods of time. I can stand long enough to take a shower, and then I start hurting too much. Not bad compared to where I was, but I still need more help.

So today I went to the neurosurgeon, who is sending me to get epidural shots. I'm nervous about wether or not they will be effective. I hear different stories about them. Of course I hope I'm one of those people that it helps.

I am getting back to normal slowly but surely. I've started working part time and have been going out more. It feels good but still frustrating that it's been taking so long to get to this point.
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