Thank you so very much for this article, Vaughn. I’m 72 years old and have been researching this subject for a very long time. Your advice makes far more sense than others, which have sometimes caused more problems. For example, your note to avoid parsley answered a big question for me. I was advised to drink parsley tea in many places. I did so and made a powerful concoction. Drinking only a wineglass full of this stuff caused the inside of my left hand and fingers to totally dehydrate. The skin turned white and seemed to separate itself from the flesh. It looked like a scrunched up piece of paper sitting on my hand. It lasted only ten minutes and was very scary! Dandelion tea had a similar effect. But why the left hand? Could this represent my left kidney I wonder because this is the one that sometimes gives me pain.
For many people, back pain goes away on its own or with nonsurgical treatments. Epidural steroid injections shouldn't typically be used as a first-line therapy for back pain relief, but that doesn't mean they can't play a role in treating pain. But injections won't cure the underlying cause of back pain, and they provide only temporary relief. Unfortunately, in many cases, chronic back pain can't be cured, but must instead be managed, like other chronic conditionsand patients must have realistic expectations of what epidurals can do.