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 Posted 9/10/2012 4:41:55 AM
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Ah, he has done inversion therapy.  Apparently the only supplement he's missing is collagen Type II.  One other point:  has he been to a chiropractor?  But, I suppose that with a spine misalignment maybe only surgery will help.
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 Posted 9/11/2012 5:08:14 AM
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Ah, he has done inversion therapy.  Apparently the only supplement he's missing is collagen Type II.  One other point:  has he been to a chiropractor?  But, I suppose that with a spine misalignment maybe only surgery will help.


Chiro yes.  Two as a matter of fact.  Both said they couldn't really help.

Collagen no.  Hoping to add to current supplement list soon.  Problem is he's 84 and old school - meaning he's not convinced taking supplements can help much.  "If my dr. doesn't suggest it then it's not gonna help", he says.  I have to be careful not to shove too many supplements at him in fear he'll stop taking them all.  But I agree both types of collagen are helpful - for lots of things.
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 Posted 9/11/2012 5:26:04 AM
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Have read the studies as well that report that back surgery often has the same success rate as no treatment, and that back pain often goes away on its own.  Here's one positive anecdote:  my father had back surgery in his late 70s and said about 90 percent of his pain went away.  He is the kind of person who won't even take aspirin for a debilitating headache and he tried things like exercise and even sleeping on the floor before consenting to have surgery.  He refused to go to a chiropractor (my suggestion) and wouldn't use supplements.  He had the keyhole surgery with a small incision.  He surprised the nurse by getting up to use the restroom with a couple of hours after they moved him to a room following the surgery, and the doctor sent him home the next day. 

Best of luck to your father, whatever he chooses to do.


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 Posted 9/11/2012 6:46:34 AM
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Have read the studies as well that report that back surgery often has the same success rate as no treatment, and that back pain often goes away on its own.  Here's one positive anecdote:  my father had back surgery in his late 70s and said about 90 percent of his pain went away.  He is the kind of person who won't even take aspirin for a debilitating headache and he tried things like exercise and even sleeping on the floor before consenting to have surgery.  He refused to go to a chiropractor (my suggestion) and wouldn't use supplements.  He had the keyhole surgery with a small incision.  He surprised the nurse by getting up to use the restroom with a couple of hours after they moved him to a room following the surgery, and the doctor sent him home the next day. 

Best of luck to your father, whatever he chooses to do.


Thanks for a positive back surgery result.  Seems like everyone knows someone with a horror story concerning back surgery.  Nice to know there are some exceptions.
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 Posted 9/11/2012 6:16:11 PM
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I looked but didn't see you mentioned.  What is wrong with his back that the docs feel surgery is necessary?

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 Posted 9/12/2012 3:11:23 PM
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I looked but didn't see you mentioned.  What is wrong with his back that the docs feel surgery is necessary?


Two pinched nerves as a result of spinal misalignment.  See earlier comments in this thread for more info regarding prior treatment.
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I would like to second the collagen suggestion.  When I got relief from joint pain from it, I got the dog version Arthropet for my arthritic dog.  He was running up and down stairs within a few days.  Previously he had been on glucosamine chondroitin with no result in three months.  Life Extension magazine recently had an article on collagen 2 for joint repair.  Collagen 1& 3 are also effective, but take at a different time.   I am relating my dog's experience because its shows its not a placebo effect.
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I second Members recommendations mainly from Tom and DDye. I would check with anesthetists with regard to melatonin though when regular use for possible interaction with anesthetics.

Does LEF Magazine features an article on supplements to take or discontinue prior and after surgery?
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Thank you DDye for the link. In particular, it helped me recollecting the key role of Vitamin A.
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