Herniated disc patients are my inspiration for this website. As a fellow neck and back pain patient myself, I endure the same agony you face every day for decades already. I now have 12 herniations in my spine, but somehow feel I am better off now than I was many years earlier when I only had 2.
Knowledge has become a great comfort to me and I hope that by sharing the lessons I have learned over more than 25 years of back pain research, this knowledge can help you, as well.
This essay will detail what it is like to be a chronic pain sufferer. We will look at the types of symptomatic expressions faced by most patients and how to better prepare yourself to battle your pain.
There are 3 basic types of patients with herniated disc pain and countless subtle variations on the main categories:
Type 1 patients are fully functional, yet suffer recurrent bouts of acute back pain. These patients often go about life seemingly unaffected by their disc conditions for long periods of time, but then experience episodes of severe pain and muscular spasms. Most of these patients like to use the term "My back went out" to describe what happens when they suffer an acute attack.
Type 2 patients are worse off than type 1 and typically less functional. These patients also suffer recurrent bouts of severe pain and spasms, but in between acute episodes, these patients must endure dull chronic pain and neurological symptoms. The severity of this chronic pain varies from patient to patient, but never alleviates completely. The only change from the chronic herniated disc pain comes when the symptoms intensify and completely disable the affected individual for a short duration of time.
Type 3 patients are truly acute and must undergo immediate medical and sometimes surgical intervention to ease their pain and related symptoms. This patient profile is not typical, but can occur from a traumatic disc injury or other sudden causation. Car accidents, sports injuries and falls can all create type 3 conditions. Cauda equina syndrome is a perfect example of type 3 symptomology.
It is crucial for patients with diagnosed herniated discs or degenerative disc disease to learn the facts about their condition, before undertaking any treatment program. There is a wide range of therapy options available, but most only offer the chance for symptomatic relief. It is always advisable to find a treatment which resolves the disc condition completely, rather than merely making the symptoms easier to live with. Curing is better than coping.
To make this process easier, patients should utilize the many excellent web based resources and consult with at least 2 doctors before making up their minds about treatment.
I have done everything possible to facilitate an easy research process by creating The Cure Back Pain Network and providing you with thousands of free objective back and neck pain articles which are easily found and understood.
The contents of these articles will help you to better comprehend the types of questions you should be asking your doctors and the answers you might expect to receive. I hope that you take advantage of our web community and maybe even contribute your own story to our herniated disc forum. This is the place to read real patient stories submitted by readers of the site. It is also one of the most popular and useful tools in your quest for finding relief.
Being a patient always means enduring hardship and pain. This is why it is so crucial to defeat any symptomatic condition and move past it to become a person, rather than a patient. No one wants to put up with chronic pain, yet so many herniated disc patients do just that: Every day; every week; every year.
The pain just goes on and on. I can certainly empathize.
Breaking this cycle of pain should become your number one goal in life. If you can lose the title of patient, there is no telling what else you can achieve. Becoming pain-free is a great start.