My L5-S1 Disc Explosion Pt II

Continued from Part I So after bucket-loads of pills, rest, e-stim, physical therapy, decompression treatment, chiropractic adjustments, and acupuncture I was still a mess. My pain had only gotten worse over the course of 6-7 months. What was the next step? Steroids I was referred to another doctor, this time a pain management specialist. I gave him the story that I’ve been repeating over and over to the other health care professionals. He took notes, reviewed my MRI and my treatment history, and decided the next step was to try an oral steroid treatment. Before you shake your head in disappointment and disdain, understand that we aren’t talking about anabolic steroids (I doubt those would have helped me much). The […]

Colorado Dreamin’

Last week I had an awesome opportunity to spend a few days snowboarding, relaxing, and getting beat up by trees in Winter Park, Colorado.  Having spent most of my time here on the East Coast it was amazing to witness the breathtaking scenery and culture out in Winter Park.  If you like snow and want to get away, I definitely recommend visiting! The Mountains are Huge… Like Really Huge Growing up I’ve frequently visited the local mountains within a few hours of Northern Virginia, and they now seem like mole hills in comparison to the mountains out west.  In the handful of days that I was there I did my best to explore as much of the mountain as I […]

Lessons of the Jaw: A Few Thoughts on the Body’s Intradependence

As you read this, I’m either in surgery or in the recovery room. For those who don’t know, I am having lower jaw surgery to correct a severe over (also called “open bite”) and cross bite. That being said, blogging might be a bit spotty (more so than usual) over the next couple weeks, but I’m going to do my best. Seeing as this surgery has been on the forefront of my mind for quite a while, I thought I’d share a bit of the physiology connections I’ve learned over the past year or so. It’s actually pretty interesting how dependent the body is on it’s collective parts. So dependent that something up in my face affects the rest of […]