Healing The Spine

Thought this was a really great photo to explain various ailments of the spine. 


From the top:

Normal Disc
Degenerative Disc
Bulging Disc
Herniated Disc
Thinning Disc
Disc Degeneration with Osteophyte Formation

The spinal disc was described to me as a jelly donut between the vertebrae.


The jelly can bulge in the disc or actually herniate/rupture and spill out pressing painfully against the nerve–that’s the scary red that you see!


The disc degeneration and osteophytes are also a pretty frightening looking deterioration of the disc and cartilage.


No wonder
– “31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time…[and] back pain is the single leading cause of disability.”

– And “80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes…[and] leading contributor to missed workdays”  


When we have our health, we don’t always realize how incredibly fortunate we are. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Can’t Sit, Can’t Stand

So I’ve been having this excruciating lower back pain for about a week. 


I literally cannot sit or stand without shooting pain. 


When I sit, it hurts the lower back so much to get up. 


And when I stand, all I want to do is relieve the pressure and sit down. 


I feel like the warning from G-d in the Torah where He says (Deuteronomy 28:67):

In the morning you will say ‘”If only it were evening!” and in the evening “If only it were morning!”

The only real relief so far is lying down or going in the pool. 


Planning to see the doctor to check it out and hopefully with G-d’s mercy it will be better very soon.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

New Body Parts

Hip Replacement

As I gear up for Hip Replacement #2, my sister sent this funny comic to me. 


I heard that something like a million joint replacements are now done in the U.S. every year. 


And these procedures are expected to increase precipitously with projections by 2030 of:


– 3.48 million knee replacements (a factor of almost 7 times)


– 572,000 hip replacements (an almost 2-fold increase)


This also means that revision surgeries will start to rise rapidly as replacements wear out or are in need of replacement themselves. 


Thank G-d that they have these procedures to help people–I don’t know how people lived with the incessant pain and degenerative mobility even a generation ago. 


What’s it like to have a body part inserted to augment your own?


Just ask this horse! 😉