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Tens unit: I got a prescription TENS unit.  The effect is supposed to be similar to acupuncture and somehow works by diverting attention from the pain to a tapping sensation in your pain area. It really helped to reduce pain, and it helped me reduce the amount of medication I was taking. 

Ice Pack: I used gel filled ice packs on my lower back to numb the area.

Traction: I tried a Saunders home traction machine, but it was difficult to get in and out of on my own.  For me, it was better to have my husband help me with manual traction.

Electrostim biofeedback: I rented a home electrostim device. It's not as powerful as the one at the physical therapist office, but was easy to use. Electrostim works by increasing circulation to the affected area and can help reduce pain.  It also made me sleepy. In general, anything I did to help increase circulation worked wonders for reducing my pain.

I have no relationship with the solutions I describe and created this site purely to inspire others to go take control of their own back care and to provide some ideas of treatments to discuss with your doctor.  If you find this website useful, please add a link to it from your website or blog.

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How I healed my herniated disc without surgery