Sometimes the Hospital is the Worst Place to Go
Sometimes a trip to the hospital for unrelenting back pain can take a person down the road road. Ineffective and dangerous treatment is the wrong treatment. Sometimes it happens because they’re looking at the wrong map! Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of people who went to the hospital with back pain, and came out without a real solution, on heavy drugs, with bad side effects.
The Wrong Map Leads Down the Wrong Road
Sometimes back pain is caused by a fracture, an infection, a tumor, an acutely herniated disc. That’s when X-rays or MRIs get right at the problem and the right treatment happens. That’s when you want to see a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist. And I refer to docs like that every week. X-rays and MRIs give us a map of the territory. But they are not the territory. They tell us specific and limited information about the person and his or her back. And sometimes they miss the issue. The trouble is when we think the map IS the territory. ‘The X-ray shows you have arthritis’. That must be the problem, because it doesn’t show anything else. If the pain is severe and unrelenting, that’s when the provider goes down a dangerous road and starts prescribing heavy meds, which don’t get at the problem.