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Kite

598d

Hello! I am suffering with a herniated disc in my lower spine (L5-S1 to be specific) and it has been causing me lots of issues. I officially got diagnosed with this in April, but it has been bothering me since last December. it did get to the point where I could barely walk and had to go to the hospital before I knew what it was, and since then I have gotten 3 spinal injections and have gone to physical therapy. however, it is getting worse again and I was wondering what you guys do for pain? I wake up at night and can't walk for a long time, so I'm just trying to reach out :) thank you!

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    • Weiss

      593d

      I have gone 2 years living with multiple herniations and so far I've gotten the most relief out of a reputable chiropractor and swimming. Just remember, it's okay that it hasn't healed, it's very common and there are so many ways to treat it. Take good care of yourself and never push yourself. You may not be able to do things you used to do, I know it feels so disheartening, but love the little things you can still do. Never push yourself. Just keep yourself active the most you can.

    • Weiss

      593d

      I have gone 2 years living with multiple herniations and so far I've gotten the most relief out of a reputable chiropractor and swimming. Just remember, it's okay that it hasn't healed, it's very common and there are so many ways to treat it. Take good care of yourself and never push yourself. You may not be able to do things you used to do, I know it feels so disheartening, but love the little things you can still do. Never push yourself. Just keep yourself active the most you can.

    • Kite

      598d

      thank you so much for the advice! I'm currently seeing an orthopedic doctor and he says the next step is surgery if everything else doesnt work, but that's kind of scary especially at my age :) so I really appreciate it. I am very scared that im going to have a lot of nerve damage at the end of this since its been going on so long, and ive read online that it shouldve gotten better by now so its nerve wracking, but im so glad to see that others are going through the same issues i am :) I've mostly tried heat but I'll try an ice mat next!! Thank you again!!

      • Weiss

        593d

        @Kite With herniations, heat on the spine can cause worsening symptoms. Heat is good on the surrounding muscles 😊 If you don't feel different in your legs or other parts of your body that are directly connected to the region where your herniation is, the damage might be very minimal. Sometimes in that case, the nerves can be repaired. Also, don't be afraid to get a second opinion from other doctors and ask about other treatments like plasma injections. Never let them talk you into a fusion if your herniation isn't causing you immense discomfort. Look into Discectomy. A fusion will put more pressure on surrounding discs and you'll end up right back in surgery a few years down the line.

    • Weiss

      598d

      Oh! I almost forgot. The best thing you can do for your body is to swim. Don't push yourself. But get some light exercise in water. It takes the pressure off your body so that you can work on your muscles and get a little more strength and flexibility.

    • Weiss

      598d

      I know your pain all too well. I've been dealing with two herniations in that area for two years. Best advice I can give you is to see a neurologist. The pain you're getting is nerve impingement and it could be very damaging if left unsupervised. I have extensive damage but a neurologist has been amazing at helping me find proper treatment. Look for neurologists that deal with pain management. Until then, I highly recommend getting a gel ice mat that is roughly the size of your lower back. Ice 20 minutes before bed. On horrible nights, take it to bed with you. If you can find a reputable chiropractor, you'll get more movement than you ever thought you could woth their help. I know some doctors hate chiropractors but not all chiropractors force your body. Mine definitely does not. Ask people you know if they see any chiropractors they like. Never see a chiropractor that is rough on your body. A lower spine adjustment can do wonders.

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