Your pain is a surgeon’s gain, especially when it comes to back pain — just don’t count on that pricey operation to actually solve your problems.
About the only thing you’re guaranteed here is a journey into hell that can leave you in more pain than ever before… and a new study shows how that crippling trip starts with a simple X-ray.
Researchers crunched the numbers from six studies, and found that back pain patients who get X-rayed do no better on quality-of-life scores a year later than those who aren’t zapped.
And some do far worse, according to the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
That’s because once your doc gets that X-ray, he can overwhelm you with medical gibberish.
Expect him to point to a "slipped" or "bulging" disc — and if that doesn’t have you sold on an operation, you’ll hear more frightening terms like "spinal disc degeneration."
But here’s what that surgeon won’t tell you: X-rays of up to 90 percent of all seniors who have no pain at all also reveal those very same disc problems and degenerations.
They’re clearly not the real source of most pain… but they make for quick, easy and highly profitable surgeries — bang out a few during an early-morning session, and you’ll make more before breakfast than most people earn in a month.
But what’d you expect? Surgeons only make money when they operate — and sports cars don’t pay for themselves, you know!
There’s a much better way to deal with back pain: a cheap, painless, easy-to-perform and non-invasive procedure called a sphenopalatine ganglion block, and it can provide relief that lasts for months or even years.
All a doc has to do is take a Q-tip soaked in a solution and stick it up your nose until it hits the SP ganglion.
But there’s a reason you’ve never heard of this one before: The solution on the Q-tip is 10 percent liquid cocaine.
Believe it or not, your doc can get this stuff without visiting a back alley — it’s FDA-approved and available via prescription.
Good luck convincing him to ask for it, though.
Fortunately, docs in Central America and Europe still perform this procedure regularly — so if time alone can’t heal your back pain, don’t plan on X-rays and surgeries.
Plan a vacation instead.