I sat in the room waiting for the Orthopedic Surgeon. It was ten days after I had a fusion of C4 -C5. Prior to the surgery, the surgeon had diagnosed me with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and a narrowing of the space between C4 and C5.
“This is what’s causing your pain,” he explained. By immobilizing the joint, you should have relief.
I had been in intense pain for four years and was ready to do ANYTHING to get rid of it. Even surgery.
But now, I was in more pain than before the surgery and I was angry and frustrated. I had called the surgeon’s office three days after surgery to explain that I was worse off than before. His solution? Put me on Valium! Valium! Really?
So he took a follow up X-ray and a blood test. “Everything looks good” he proudly stated.
I asked him why I am in more pain now than before the surgery. He replied “Pain is a lousy reason to do surgery.” He suggested I see a chiropractor. A chiropractor, after surgery?
I left the office dejected, fuming mad and had no idea of what to do next.
All I know is I wanted to strangle the surgeon for what he did to me.
GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS ARE FIGHTING OVER HEALTHCARE NOW.
As I write this article, a full-blown war is going on with the Republicans in the House over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Keep the mandate to insure the sick, let kids up to 26 stay on their parents’ insurance, get rid of the mandate that forces you to buy insurance and give tax credits instead….
My reply: “Who cares!”. In my opinion, this kind of system will never work. Why? Because it is not “health care,” it is “sick care management.” Think about it…
The problem started around the dawn of the 20th century when John D. Rockefeller (the oil guy) and Andrew Carnegie (the steel guy) conspired to profit off of medical care.
They decided that pharmaceuticals were a profitable business since they cured nothing and kept patients coming back to the doctor over and over for more drugs. That’s what you call a captive audience.
More drugs…no one gets better…more drugs…ad nauseam. And they drove all of the schools that were teaching natural medicine out of business. Why? Because patients using natural medicine were actually getting better. That’s bad for business.
Name a disease…Diabetes, Arthritis, even Cancer. All can be improved or even cured. You may think “I know Joe down the road who had cancer. He’s fine now. They cured him.” The truth is that Modern Medicine does not cure cancer. It gets rid of the symptoms, like tumors. To cure Cancer, you must eliminate the cancer-causing stem cells. Chemo, radiation and surgery do not get rid of these stem cells. That’s why Cancer often comes back with conventional treatment. However, Holistic Medicine can eliminate these stem cells and prevent recurrence of the Cancer.
Who can go to the doctor these days and say they have been cured? Oh, sure, some breast cancer patients swear that mammograms and the cut, poison, burn (surgery, chemo, radiation) system saved their lives. Did they know that over the last 30 years, 1,300,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer that they didn’t have (it’s called Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ…you’ll die of old age before it hurts you) and treated solely for the sake of money? Outrageous, you say? You bet!
That’s the problem with health care these days. It’s all centered around extracting the most money as possible from you and insurance… and stringing you along indefinitely.
SO WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NECK PAIN?
An orthopedic surgeon from North Shore University Hospital in New York State was asked a simple question. “If an x-ray or MRI was taken the day before and the day after a patient developed pain symptoms, what would you find?” He scratched his head and had to admit that the two pictures would be identical.
Why is this so amazing? Let’s assume the two images showed arthritis or degeneration of the bone. According to the doctor reading the images, the presence of degeneration would be the sole reason for the patient’s pain, barring disease or injury. Diagnosis and treatment would follow from this radiological finding (like in my case). But if it’s true that the anomaly would have shown up on images the day BEFORE any pain arose, does the image really shed any light on what caused the pain? In addition, should we base treatment such as surgery, medication or injections on radiological examinations that usually do not tell the whole story?
The point is this: no one really knows what causes pain, especially neck pain. Most doctors have little training in the cause and treatment of pain.
In my case, I went to three different Pain Specialists, each of whom performed Ablation procedures on me, to alleviate the pain. You would think that at least one of these highly trained and highly paid specialists would have been able to grant me some relief. Not a chance…they had no more idea of what caused my pain than anyone else.
I WAS ON MY OWN TO FIND RELIEF. MODERN MEDICINE HAD FAILED ME.
Seven years ago, after a total of six operations, chiropractic care, physical therapy and a struggle with pain-killer addiction (that was fun…not), I was told to go home and “live with it.”
But I couldn’t. The pain had ruined my life. I was on the verge of divorce, had to abandon my career, lost contact with my oldest son and lost most of my friends. I was in bed eighteen hours a day.
I knew I couldn’t live like that anymore. In utter desperation, I picked up a catalog of supplements that arrived on my doorstep. “What do I have to lose?” I thought.
And thus began my journey studying Holistic Medicine and Nutrition.
I discovered many ways to treat my intense neck pain. I realized that inflammation and two other factors caused almost all neck pain. Slowly, I started to improve. The more I improved, the more passion I developed for Holistic Medicine. I developed a program that centers around supplementation with pain-killing herbs, stretching exercises, diagnostic tests and improved nutrition.
Today, I am almost pain-free and lead a full, productive, happy life. I have shared my knowledge with friends and patients. Most are very grateful and have improved a great deal.
One patient wrote in:
“ Dear Dr. Lubin. This letter is meant to thank you. After all this time, I am glad to report that I am no longer using Lisinopril for BP because I have a standard average of 130/88. Now the only drug I am taking is Metformin (note: he was on 5 drugs prior to my treatment) and am not sure it is really helping me. I truly am thankful for your having brought me into the natural medicine world. I am practically pain free. I will let you know the results of my upcoming tests in April to see if we can simplify my treatment. Thank you again for all you have done for me. You were the start of the best part of my life.”
–Enrique M., age 75
I’m very excited about what I’ve discovered and would love to share it with you.
All you have to do is click stopneckpain.wpengine.com. You’ll find tips, tricks and support from fellow neck pain sufferers.
P.S.- A FREE e-book called “The Survival Guide for Chronic Neck Pain Sufferers” is available. It has a TON of information to help you get quick and permanent relief. All you have to do is click here.
P.P.S.- If you know of any fellow neck pain sufferers that might benefit from this information, please forward this article to the. After all, we’re all in this together. Thanks 🙂