Dear Dr Roberts,
I am a 50 year old man who has recently suffered a job related accident that left me with herniated discs in c1, c2, c3, c4, c5. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to just quit work and collect disability as I still have young children. Not only would I refuse surgery, but have been told by the orthopeodist that the area is just too large to attempt any repairs.
My doctor put me on 800 mg of Ibuprophen, muscle relaxers and Vicodan. Well, with my stomach ulcers, the Ibuprophen tears me up, as does the Vicodan. The muscle relaxers put me at greater risk of another injury due to drowsiness. The prescriptions didn’t address the pain, anyway. I was only going hrough the motions of what my doctor told me to do.
I began taking Banjo after the first week of the injury, which my stomach is easily tolerating. I am not drowsy, and as it seems the banjo has a cumulative effect, I am still on the job and haven’t missed any work since the week after starting to use the Banjo three or four times a day. I actually have regained some range of neck motion that wasn’t expected by my doctor or therapist. The stabbing pain has subsided and I’m able to sleep again. In the mornings, I’m not stiff anymore, either.
I am on no prescriptions at all, now. I gladly get up in the morning, take my Banjo and head to work. I keep a tube of it with me at all times. The guys at work have asked me what it is. When I tell them of the results I’ve had, they look skeptical. All I can do is laugh, because I was skeptical, too–in the beginning. Banjo works. Vicodan did NOT.