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by mbaker
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sciatica, back pain, exercises
Replies: 27
Views: 995

Re: Sciatica, back pain, exercises

I drink decaf now maybe once a month. I stick to Red (Rooibos) tea mainly. I like the taste and it has zero caffeine rather than just decaf. I have no problems with it at all. Small sacrifice to keep the pain away. Republic of Tea brand has some high quality Red tea varieties.

mb
by mbaker
Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sciatica, back pain, exercises
Replies: 27
Views: 995

Re: Sciatica, back pain, exercises

Hi, I'm actually doing pretty well now. 2007 was really bad despite all of the PT, exercises, supplements, etc. 2008 started out not so good, but I began to have stretches where the pain was low. As 2009 approached, I started having longer stretches of no pain. In 2010, I'm mostly back to normal. I ...
by mbaker
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Dry Needling specialist
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Looking for a Dry Needling specialist

I wouldn't do this. Dry needling has it's uses but this isn't one of them in my opinion.

Try this instead - avoid any and all caffeine for 1 mo. This includes decaffeinated begs also. See if that improves things a bit for you.

Mb
by mbaker
Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Muscle Spasm & Anxiety Tx
Topic: remember the coccyx
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: remember the coccyx

Hey,
Not many PTs in the DC area that will work on men. Only one I found that I can speak to is Jennifer Chu at ITR Physical Therapy in McLean. Her website is www.itrehab.com. Her focus for men is treating external issues rather than internal ones.

Take care,
mb
by mbaker
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:52 am
Forum: More Success Stories
Topic: What I've found after 2 years of this.. hope !
Replies: 3
Views: 1599

What I've found after 2 years of this.. hope !

I've been away from the board for awhile but thought I'd take a few minutes and give you guys an update and maybe a new path for some of you to consider as you work through CPPS. Again, this is my experience so it may not help everyone, but may for some of you. My pain level is now down to a little ...
by mbaker
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: In quest of the perfect CPPS-friendly cushion
Replies: 17
Views: 847

Re: In quest of the perfect CPPS-friendly cushion

The best cushion I've found for managing this is from Oregon Aero (www.oregonaero.com). These are special pads made for airline and military pilots. A little pricey, but very comfortable.

--mb
by mbaker
Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any Pilates guys on here?
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Any Pilates guys on here?

This is a shout-out to any other guys on the board who may be experimenting (or thinking about it) with Pilates. I've been doing Pilates since May 2008 and I've noticed some definite patterns over the last 7 months. I see a PT at a clinic who's also a Pilates instructor - I have a herniated disc whi...
by mbaker
Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coffee reaction
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Coffee reaction

I had to quit coffee and tea (even decaf & green tea) which was tough. I drink Rooibos and Chamomile tea now which is fine. Rooibos is even better than Green tea for the health effects. I don't mind the loss of caffeine, just the taste of a hot cup of coffee on a cold day. Oh well. I also had to cut...
by mbaker
Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advice on symptoms (TJ88 case)
Replies: 169
Views: 1224

Re: Does anyone take ACIPHEX or a PPI for acid reflux?

I take Nexium 20mg. Works great and no side effects. Very expensive though. My insurance covers it except for the $15 co-pay.

--mb
by mbaker
Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NIH launches 5-year study into CPPS
Replies: 5
Views: 384

NIH launches 5-year study into CPPS

This is good news that the medical community is finally beginning to take CPPS, IC, etc seriously and devote basic research to it. An aspect of it I really like is the NIH requirement that the universities and other groups that are participating share their research and work together to find a solut...
by mbaker
Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E-Mail I sent to Head of Urology at Hopkins
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: E-Mail I sent to Head of Urology at Hopkins

Yea, they're very good (I went there), but their chief expert PT, Jackie Hutchison, left DC for Iowa last year. The other PTs aren't really into internal pelvic PT. However, Dr. Gerwin co-authored pieces of Dr. Travell's books (on myofascial pain) and is an expert in this area. Worth a shot, but don...
by mbaker
Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need help regarding stretching and flares
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Need help regarding stretching and flares

Actually, dynamic (active isolated) stretching, done correctly, is easier on muscles than static stretching. Since you hold a stretch for 2-3s and only to the point of tightness, not pain, there is much less chance of any tearing/strain compared to static where you hold it for 30-60s (ouch). I poste...
by mbaker
Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: E-Mail I sent to Head of Urology at Hopkins
Replies: 5
Views: 659

Re: E-Mail I sent to Head of Urology at Hopkins

If you are looking for a PT that may be able to help you, contact Jennifer Chu (http://www.itrehab.com/). There are very, very few PTs in the DC area that treat men. Jennifer does and she may be able to help you.

--mb
by mbaker
Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone have Epididymitis Cause Chronic Prostatitis?
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Re: Anyone have Epididymitis Cause Chronic Prostatitis?

For what it's worth, my CPPS started after coming down with Epididymitis that was aggravated by Cipro which I reacted to very badly and ended up in the hospital. The infection was licked with Augmentin but the pain continued afterwards which turned out to be CPPS. Upside is that I'm mostly better no...
by mbaker
Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need help regarding stretching and flares
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: Need help regarding stretching and flares

I've been at it with CPPS for 18 mos now - I have days with no pain and most with low pain. I've been through a maze of stretches including the ones in the HITP book. IMHO I'm not a big fan of the stretching technique illustrated in the HITP book - I injured myself seriously doing some of them incor...