My doctors pushing for very harsh medication that I would be on for the rest of my life and I'm very hesitant in starting. Personally, I would prefer to go the natropathic root since there are no side effects, no IVs etc. I'm just worried that maybe natropathic medicine doesn't work and then my pains going to get so bad that I'll have to have surgery down the line. Has anyone had a really good experience with natropathic medicine? Is it a mistake to avoid western medicine?
I see a naturopath and she has done good things for me. I would recommend checking it out before taking the harsh meds if at all possible. She wants me to do vitamin infusions (IVs) and I know that I can't sit that long with something in my arm without having a panic attack, I also regularly forget to take supplements. She has been very understanding and with her help I've reached manageable, for the most part. I take advil and a mild muscle relaxant when needed, I exercise (not intense but it counts), and the biggest difference maker for me was food. The naturopath was the only one that looked at my symptoms as a whole and she found food intolerances.
I'd say do some extra research. If you're going to have to take it for life definitely look into side effects and such. I haven't yet seen a naturopath, mostly because of insurance problems and being stuck at the worst office in town. There are many herbs that can help, could you try them first? Then if nothing works you can try a long term medication.
I had success with rose hip supplements for the first two years - unfortunately it has recently stopped being as effective as it had been and I've been reluctantly trying different meds - most have upset my stomach .... So do your research - it might work for awhile