View Full Version : ruptured disc (back injury) - please help
11-21-2005, 03:36 PM
My husband has a ruptured disc in his back and is severly restricted with movement due to the pain at present. He comes from a background of drugs (gave up 4 years ago) smoking (gave up 3 days ago) and poor diet (hot chips / fried food every day, lots of bread... though he is good with fruits and salads).
At present he is almost confined to bed and has not eated in a couple of days and feels really sick. I think he is detoxing at present but he is freaking out and wants to eat s**t to get 'stronger' and feel better. He is also having wild dreams as he is using nicotine patches to help quit smoking. I have lost count of all the drugs he is having for pain - freaks me out as I hate taking any.
He does not want to hear from me that he is having a healing crisis and that fasting or at least raw will actually help not only rid the toxins but also his back.
Does anyone please know of other people with back injuries who have healed themself on raw / fasting and where I may get some information. I figure reading it from someone else may help.
Any help is appreciated as I hate seeing him in so much pain and deeply upset as he is worried he will be crippled with the pain forever - he is only 36 and we have a 2 year old daughter.
Thanks in advance
11-21-2005, 03:59 PM
This is a great post. my boyfriend ruptured a disk in his lower back, and also has another disk that is weak and bulging. He just turned 23 this october. I have always believed that the body can heal itself, but I'm yet to hear about someone overcoming and completely healing from ruptured disks.
We are both so young, and it scares and saddens me to think that he might suffer from this for the rest of his life. As for his diet, he comes from a very meat heavy family. Meat, meat, meat. He doesn't smoke, and never did drugs. They did give him heavy painkillers for his back, but he's decided to only take them if the pain is unbearable. The great thing is that he is very interested in raw foods, and at my advice he eats as much raw fruits and veggies as he can, but as we don't live together at the moment it's not feasible that he will become all raw or even high raw.
If anyone has advice, or knows of possibility of fully recovering from ruptured disks through a raw food diet, I would love to hear about it.
Squidly, I wish you and your husband the best. Perhaps he would like a little light reading about raw while he's recovering in bed? Maybe he'd be interested in to know the facts surrounding and supporting the raw diet, such as the body's response to diff. foods, or the scientific or biological approach? I've found that the guys in my life (my dad, stepdad, bf) were more convinced when they heard the facts of what was really going on when they eat meat, dairy, cooked, or processed, as opposed to opinions or my own word that this was the best way to eat.
11-21-2005, 05:07 PM
I healed my back through hands-on bodywork, qigong and, at that time, a vegetarian food program. I'm sure I'd have healed faster w/ raw because of the influx of nutrients and, since the low back is so related to the colon, better digestion.
I doubt reading it from someone else will help. Here's a suggestion ~ ask him what he's willing to do. Start there. You can only begin where someone is. If he's not willing to do more in the way of raw, then he's not. What I've found over the last 18 years of doing my work is, people sometimes need to hit bottom before they can go up. Sounds as though he has, yet he's willing to go sideways so far.
IF he's willing to do SOMEthing, start with some tasty orange juice ~ freshly made ~ or, whatever he's willing to eat/drink. Then build from there, step by step. He didn't get where he is overnight. The fact that he's willing to give up smoking is probably about the best he can do at this time.
What I've also found is, people use food to stop pain ~ mental, emotional and physical. When people feel the worst and "should" eat better is when they don't. Here's an interesting saying ~ "the solution to the problem is usually the problem".
I found raw foods and Alissa during my research of ways to deal with a spinal injury and the resulting issues. Being 100% raw helps keep the inflammation down...which keeps the pain down. PM me if you want to talk about it.
11-21-2005, 07:36 PM
I do advanced CranioSacral Therapy work, which is basically Osteopathic manipulation, and have seen many people benefit from skilled bodywork in the 11 years I've been practicing. Consider getting a referral for someone really experienced, best if in CranioSacral techniques and possibly Neuromuscular therapy, or some other advanced therapeutic massage technique and then ask them to come to your house to see your husband. He might be more open to it if they came to him. good luck!!
11-22-2005, 09:59 AM
Drinking water is vital to keeping the discs healthy. Also I have been studying Structural Integration (Rolfing) and the topic came up of discs last week. Definately they can be healed.
Sharon in Colorado
11-22-2005, 10:21 AM
If he is already in a resting position, maybe you and he should look into some kind of supervised fast?
11-22-2005, 03:59 PM
thanks everyone. I tried talking to him about it all again last night and I have to say he is not in a good place emotionally. It is more than the back - he took a redundancy a few weeks back so is unemployed and feeling as if he is a 'burden' to us - I reckon hence the back problem being so bad. I am a believer that your body reflects your mental state and I do think there is alot of mental / emotional stuff he needs to deal with as well as the physical.
again thanks and I will keep working with him. He ate taost last night after 3 days of only water - tried to pursuade him to eat fruit but did not work.
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