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Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Irene Blacklock » Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:03 pm

For a long time I wanted an inversion table. I saw one years ago at the "Healthy Back Store". My husband came home with one the other day as a surprise for me.

Anyway, I tried it a few days ago and it didn't bother me when I was laying there upside down. It's supposed to stretch your spine and help with back pain. Afterwards, however, I've noticed I've had a lot more tingling sensations. It's hard to tell if it's from the table or just another episode in my life. I have a syrinx, c2-c6, a spur in my neck, and several buldges in my spine.

If anyone has tried it, or heard something pro or con about it, I'd appreciate it. I'm afraid to use it again. My doctor doesn't know as much about SM as I do, and I hardly know much myself. From what I've read, it should help me but SM is such a combination of things one never knows what to do.

I'm going to the conference next month and hope to find out a lot more about SM and what works best for everyone. This website has been a God send!
Thanks,
Irene
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby AlpineNancy » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:37 am

Hi Irene, I at one time was contemplating that and am glad I didn't as my ns said no one with sm or cm should use one because if you have csf blockage or sm it can cause the csf fuid to shift and put pressure on areas that could increase your csf pressure and the size of your syrinx. I notice you live close to me are you seeing a local neurosurgeon? Nancy
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Irene Blacklock » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:43 am

Hi Nancy:
Thank you for the very important information! So far I have seen 3 neurologists (not neurosurgeons), an orthopedic spine specialist, an immunologist, and an internist. No one really knows anything about SM. After the conference next month, I'm going to try to get an appointment with one of the doctors in LA that specializes in SM, if for no other reson than to tell me which of my symptoms are because of SM and what I should or shouldn't do.

I was actually in Alpine a few weeks ago. It's beautiful up there but it was an unusually warm day. I'm involved with the Friends of the Library and we had a meeting there.


Thanks again for the information!
Irene
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Ryzing » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:45 pm

Hi Irene,

In '05, I fell off our pool deck and bought myself 2 herniated lumbar discs. In '06 when I was DX with SM, my neuro saw the herniations after a full-spine MRI - and since I was in pain constantly because of these discs, he ordered IDD Therapy - Intervertebral Differential Dynamics therapy. It was a computer-aided type of traction that pulled me my discs back out.

One time after one of the therapy sessions, I had sensations in my spine that were like something I'd never felt before - it was like someone had rubbed an entire jar of Icy Hot on my spine. It was awful. This feeling lasted a good 24 hours before it went away. I didn't have the therapy done for about two weeks after this happened, but subsequent treatments left me with no symptoms like the 'Icy Hot' one. My neuro determined the stretching at that particular session had too many weights attached to the machine & my spine just couldn't handle that much being added.

Best wishes!

Diane
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Irene Blacklock » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:49 pm

Thanks Diane:
I had actually hoped that the inversion table would work wonders but it looks like it just made it worse. However, it could hopefully only be a short time because I irritated something. You've given me hope!
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby NO DR » Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:27 am

Yes, I've been using mine for 2 1/2 years now. It definately helps take pressure off,
and you do feel better but it doesn't last to long. I was leery at first for the same reasons,
but all the jerk Dr's that I saw kept telling me syrinxes and hemagioma's won't cause any
symptoms and are incidental ETC. Soooo I went for the inversion table, of course I can't
have an MRI to see what has happened. Sooo all I can say is it hasn't hurt me that I know of
but I do believe that if I hadn't used it I may have scoliosis (curved spine) because it sure
feels that way at times for several years now!!! Good Luck
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Irene Blacklock » Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:17 pm

Hi No DR:
Thanks for responding. You sound like it's doing good for you. This SM acts so differently for so many people. And it is hard to find a doctor that really knows anything about it.

The one time I used it, my left leg, which I think has sciatica, felt much better but it increased the tingling (feeling of pins or something all over my body) tremendously. It took almost a week for the excessive tingling stop. I'm going to ask about it at the conference hopefully.

Other than that, it was another beautiful day in San Diego so I have much to be thankful for!

Regards,
Irene
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby Janice » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:32 pm

Hi Irene,

It's good that you gave it a try so now you have something to question. I'm curious to know myself. Especially with the tingling that lasted so long. You want the pain to decrease but definitely not be traded for something else.

Take care,
GOD Bless!
Janice

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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby TAZ9222 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:31 am

Hi! I was told by 4 drs to not do anything that would make the blood go to my head. I was told not to put my head below my heart at anytime because of what it could do. And to not hold my breath, blowup balloons or strain in anyway. I was told at the conference a few years ago to not bend over to pick something up & if I did pick up something to keep my mouth open because you can't grit your teeth or hold your breath if you keep your mouth open.

Hope this helps someone.
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Re: Has anyone used an inversion table?

Postby NO DR » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:39 am

Haven't been on this board for a few years, thought I would bring up some of the important topics.
I'm still using my inversion table several times a week. Never have skipped more than 2 weeks with
out it. I don't seem to have any extra problems from it and I have to use it to make things feel more
lined up. I get really sore and stiff if I don't use it. I have a syrinx at T-2-T-4, bulging disc c and l sections
and as a bonus a rotated vertebrae at T-11 and almost forgot, hemangioma's at T-2 T-7 T-11! The only
pain med I take is vicoprofen and I take it almost daily. Anyone else use inversion table????????
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