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Nerve Numbness & Discomfort After 6 Back Surgeries

Author: Damon H.
Date: 04-07-2015
Views: 3,186
Word Count: 213
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10578-OR
Scientific Studies: 4

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Unfortunately I have had to have 6 back surgeries over the course of 13 months. Because my nerves had been compressed for so long, I have a band about 6 inches wide across my lower back.

I had read in the essential oils reference book that Juniper essential oil was good to aid in the regeneration of nerves. So I ordered Juniper oil.

I then put 20 drops of Juniper oil in 2 ounces of V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex (because at the time I could not use any essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties). Within 30 minutes of the first topical application, I felt nerves firing in my lumbar area.

Now that I am able to use essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties, I also use the following combination of oils in a spray bottle:

2 oz Ortho Ease Massage Oil
20 drops Juniper
20 drops Copaiba
20 drops PanAway
20 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
20 drops Marjoram
20 drops Peppermint

I apply this mixture topically to help with lingering discomfort.

Since my back is no longer causing me misery, my pain management doctor assisted me in weaning off of 10 mg of Percocet and 600 mg of gabapentin four times a day. This was after he had originally told me that I would probably be on gabapentin for life.

Thank the Lord for essential oils!

Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: nerve, nerves, numbness, herniated, disc, discs, disk, disks, steroid, steroids, lumbago, lumbar, backache, sacroiliac, sacroiliitis, sacroilitis, spine, spinal, sciatica, chiropractor.

Supporting Scientific Studies
1."We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
2."Topical high-concentration L-menthol is the only established human experimental pain model to study mechanisms underlying cold hyperalgesia. We aimed at investigating the combinatorial effect of cold stimuli and topical L-menthol on cold pain and secondary mechanical hyperalgesia. Cold detection threshold and cold pain threshold (CPT) increased after L-menthol and remained high after the cold rekindling cycles.... Skin blood flow increased after L-menthol and stayed stable after cold cycles. Repeated application of cold on skin treated by L-menthol facilitated and prolonged L-menthol-induced cold pain and hyperalgesia."Link
3."Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
4."The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link

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