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Pain from herniated disc.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 30, 2006
  • 03:09 PM

About 6 months ago, I injured my back at the gym by over extending back bends. It's been painful since, but lately been much worse w/ chronic pain both in my neck and lower spine. I now am positive I have a herniated disc, (one that is malaligned.) I don't know how I can go through life this way. I feel crippled and my personality is changing. Movement just seems to make it worse. This is my dilemma. Can anyone relate? Does anyone know of any good therapies? :(

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  • McKenzie therapy is a good approach for back problems. Find one in your area, but first see a doctor for this.to find mckenzie pt look:http://mckenziemdt.org/intAbout.cfm
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  • Hang in there. Have you had an MRI for diagnosis? If not you need to see a Neuro-Surgeon. He/She can order physical therapy. They can give you some good exercises and tips to help you. It sounds like you need some muscle relaxers too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2006
    • 07:04 PM
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  • hey, i really don't know how u feel, but i can feel the pain that my husband goes through, in 93' we were in a bad car wreck which left him with herniated discs in the neck, and low back, in 94' he had lumbar discectomy on the low back and he still has major pain, due to him being laid up and not working he gained over 100+lbs, and now the docs insist he lose it, but its hard when u cant do a sit up, or walk due to constant pain, in 2000, he went back to work and ended up with a work injury which had him go to physical therapy, as he was working on his legs, his low back popped and now the pain is even worse because its reherniated, 2004 he seen a neuro surgeon and was told that he needs to get his back fused, because theres no more disc,, its bone hitting bone,,currently hes afraid to get it done, because of the risks,,but now he has no choice, he only 42 years old and finally got ssi for his health,,, he was seeing pain management, but then he had another health issue, and he was told to stay off the meds, due to its eating up his liver, so he suffers on cheapy pain pills, that dont cause any harm, but now hes having pains in the groin area, and the doc says hes obese and he needs to get his back fused because the pain in his groin is coming from his back, (i dont get that one), but anyhow, do not go to a chiro, for which it makes u worse, if u do have a hern. disc, get help immediatly with a back specialist, and hopefully it works for u, then it did for my husband...a man is a man, whom dont want to give up his pride and went back to work about 3 months after back surgery, doing heavy lifting and just never healed, so please be smart and do the right thing, good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2006
    • 00:09 AM
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  • I actually had surgery when I was 16 for a herniated disc. It worked wonders! Although I still have some pain, it's manageable. Dr. Delahunt out of Milwaukee performed the surgery. I would recommend any one into looking into it as a last resort because it's an overnight surgery.
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  • If you don’t mind the Trek to Chicago, the Rush University Medical center specializes in treatment of Herniated discs. They are really cohesive and start your treatment with conservative therapy before they suggest surgery. They offer physical therapy treatments if that is what you are looking for. However, if they do suggest surgery they have state of the art techniques as well as knowledgeable doctors and nurses that are more than willing to help you make decisions. They have a webpage that is really informative about herniated discs and treatment options. I found it extremely helpful. If you would like to visit it, click the link above.
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  • I have had pain from a 2 Herniated disc for almost a year now thanks to doing squats with weight on my shoulders (However, my discs have been herniating ever since I was a child).I know exactly what you are going through. Stiffness. Crippling pain running down the legs. It is pure ***l and totally takes your life away. It makes me think of people who come back from war with their limbs amputated.Although I have not discovered a full cure, there are methods that seriously reduce the pain and will allow you to walk without dreading every step. A Chinese medicine called Traumanex. There are a few websites online you can buy this from for cheap. Get a few bottles. It will reduce the pain in your leg almost down to nothing if you take it long enough. Worked for me after 4 bottles. Traumanex I think is the American version of the Chinese bran "Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan", I think, since this bran has the same ingredients as traumanex.Although Chinese herbs have taken the worst of it away (the leg pain) I do however have minor backaches. The only thing I have not tried is Spinal Decompression and Surgery. Relatives of mine who have had surgery for this reason have told me not to do it since it made them worse after a couple of good painless years. I have taken physical Therapy for months. This is important because soft muscle will lead to more pain, and a weak core may be your problem, but if you already have a strong core, don't waste the money. Just reduce your core workouts to one-leg lifts and planks and wall slide squats. Physical Therapy cannot cure an injury, but the exercises are designed to keep your core strong without the stresses of conventional exercises like sit-ups. You can google Exercises for Herniated Disc and come up with a number of guides for free.Don't sit for any more than 15 to 20 minutes because if you do you will never get healed. It you feel lazy and want to watch TV, then lay on the floor with a pillow under your legs and the small of your back in complete contact with the floor. When you do sit to eat, don't lean back on your chair, use your own muscles to keep you upright. This saves me from a lot of agony.Other than that, only time may heal. (Once had a screwed up ankle from martial arts and it took two years for that to heal, so....in the end the mechanics of your own body will save you).Good luck people.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 08:55 AM
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  • I actually had surgery when I was 16 for a herniated disc. It worked wonders! Although I still have some pain, it's manageable. Dr. Delahunt out of Milwaukee performed the surgery. I would recommend any one into looking into it as a last resort because it's an overnight surgery.I go in for surgery soon im 19. Back problems are gettting younger and youngerI have a herniated disk and my leg is numb and I walk like im 90 :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2008
    • 10:06 AM
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  • I'm sorry to hear about your back pain. I too have been diagnosed with a herniated disc (L5-S1). The disc has pinned down my S1 nerve root, thus the pain extends down my left buttock and leg. My treatment so far has been painkillers (Tramadol and Norco), which can only do so much, and is addictive. Plus you build up a tolerance after a while and need to take more. However, I have also had 5 epidural nerve root blocks. These work pretty well. They inject a mixture of anesthesia and steroids through the nerve root canal into the epidural space. It can only be done like 3 times per year, but it does relief the pain for a month or so. I am not hip with surgery as I see that many doctors themselves would not undergo disc replacements/fusions. Plus in my case I also have a piece broken off my L5 vertebra, making it more difficult to fuse anyway.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 11:37 PM
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  • Well, you should try spinal stenosis physical therapy. But in case it does not help you you will have to start thinking about herniated disc surgery.
    kateross 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, you should try spinal stenosis physical therapy. But in case it does not help you you will have to start thinking about herniated disc surgery. CT spine report .....I.v. L4/L5 disc level with dorzomediolatelarn protrusion to the right. Dural compression sacus and right radicular afect ... I.v.disc L5/S1 level with the present vacum phenomenon and watering in both bilateral radicular canal. Spondiloartrozne changes veneers joint and marginal edge of the body osteofit lumbal wrist. ; Relevant drugs:tab.Voltaren forte, tab. diazepam, tab. B-vitamin )MR spine report.......At the lumbosacral spine are part spondilaortroz changes.At the level of L4/L5 visible degeneration of the discus with a very distinct discus hernia (gr.4) with dorzomediolatelar type more to the right. I.v. L5/S1 brief space and see the small disc hernia.There is little hernia at the level of L1/L2I have a problem with the right foot appears, stiffness and numbness all the way to the toes, there are a lot of pain when rising and movement. Doctor suggested operation.
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  • Thought some of you might be interested in checking out the following link for detailed information on a herniated lumbar disc (lumbar disc bulge) including treatment: Lumbar Disc Bulge Hope that helps, PhysioAdvisor www.PhysioAdvisor.com
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  • Well, you should try spinal stenosis physical therapy. But in case it does not help you you will have to start thinking about herniated disc surgery.Almost a year ago I was so bad I couldnt walk or hardly move. The pain was incredably bad. I started spinal decompression on the DRX9000 machine. That worked wounders. Within 2 months I was felling really good and after 3.5 I was pain free. Then after 3 months of no pain I got rearended. Im going back now and Im still in alittle pain but god only knows where Id be if I hadnt gone to decompression.I highly recomened this treatmentBrian
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  • Most often, your physician can make the diagnosis of a herniated disc by physical examination. By testing sensation, muscle strength, and reflexes, your physician can often establish the diagnosis of a herniated disc.An MRI is commonly used to aid in making the diagnosis of a herniated disc. It is very important that patients understand that the MRI is only useful when used in conjunction with examination findings. It is normal for a MRI of the lumbar spine to have abnormalities, especially as people age. Patients in their 20s may begin to have signs of disc wear, and this type of wear would be expected on MRIs of patients in their 40s and 50s. This is the reason that your physician may not be concerned with some MRI findings noted by the radiologist.Making the diagnosis of a herniated disc, and coming up with a treatment plan depends on the symptoms experienced by the patient, the physical examination findings, and the x-ray and MRI results. Only once this information is put together can a reasonable treatment plan be considered.
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  • Hi, I am a physical therpaist that treats herniated discs. It is VERY important to know if it really is the disc that is causing your pain. Discs will cause low back or leg pain when you sit, bend, and flex forward. If these activities don't hurt it is not a disc. I would recommend that you apply ice to your lower back for 10 minutes 3 times a day. Do not use heat if you are still having pain! Just trust me and follow the ice recommendation for a week and see if it helps. Next, go to this website: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/bulging-disc-html This site will explain what a herniated disc is and have a link to specific treatment recommendations including exercises. Be very consistent with the ice, exercises, and posture modification and over time you will feel better.
    JTrempe 101 Replies Flag this Response
  • About 6 months ago, I injured my back at the gym by over extending back bends. It's been painful since, but lately been much worse w/ chronic pain both in my neck and lower spine. I now am positive I have a herniated disc, (one that is malaligned.) I don't know how I can go through life this way. I feel crippled and my personality is changing. Movement just seems to make it worse. This is my dilemma. Can anyone relate? Does anyone know of any good therapies? :( i too have a spinal cord injury and chronic pain for the rest of my life. for the first 4 months of my pain i was getting methadone pills (amazing for back pain) i was not getting them from a doctor.... doctors wont perscribe this for back pain because its a highly addictive narchotic.... but it is amazing for someone who's injury is recent and in still in emense pain! moving along....... now i take something natural that the green bay packers endorse. its called curamin by terry naturally. high quality and kosher product. i take it everyday! and i even know when i dont have it in me on days my pain tries to come back. this is how i know it is working and doing a great job. without it i would be hurting very badly. no sideeffect of anysort, truely an amazing product!! its kinda expensive tho but totally worth every penny. nobody should have to live in pain!
    theangrypirate 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, you should try spinal stenosis physical therapy. But in case it does not help you you will have to start thinking about herniated disc surgery.I went through this for a year, it was awful. I have finally found the cure, I'm back doing everything that I used to!!! Please read one of these books, it will change your life! http://www.amazon.ca/Healing-Back-Pain-Mind-Body-Connection/dp/0446392308http://www.amazon.com/Divided-Mind-Epidemic-Mindbody-Disorders/dp/0060851783This is where my cure all started for me :) http://www.cure-back-pain.org/chronic-lumbar-back-pain.htmlI am sharing as I want others to benefit from it too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2011
    • 11:24 PM
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  • I think its different from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first one, I didnt have much back pain but with my second one, it got to be quite unbearable. The best thing is to talk with your doctor. He may put you on bed rest or tell you to take it easy or suggest some other treatment.
    titemajet 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know exactly how you feel. the same thing is happening to me. i have TWO herniated discs. i feel like i'm developing insomnia, i can't sleep, sometimes i don't even want to eat. i used to be so outgoing and now i just stay home and keep to myself. i'm terrified of needles and operations, but i think i might go insane if i stay like this any longer, so i'm getting the surgery in two weeks. K.I.T. i need to talk to someone who understands how i feel too.
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  • So often in forums like this people post their similar situations and speculation about what they hope is going to work or fears about how things will go. BUT usually not too many people come back to say what worked. Well, here is my story at least. 1. About 6 or 7 years ago I got diagnosed with a herniated disc. I saw it plain as day on my MRI. How I realized it was that I started taking Advil for pain in my right leg just to make it through the day. I thought it was a pulled hamstring or something. It then was affecting my foot. I never take Advil and the fact I needed it meant I needed to see a doctor. I described the pain in my leg and foot. Surprise she said it was a back problem. I'm like, what?! MRI. And yes, it was L5-S1 I think herniated disc.2. The pain kept getting worse. It got so bad I could barely walk. I started needing to take Vicoden. I was taking it every 8 hours. Just to get through the days. Gained weight then too cause I wasn't exercising and I needed to eat good w the Vicoden.3. I went for 3 different doctor evaluations. First one said get surgery. I was heading on vacation and said I would contact him when I got back to schedule. First day of vacation phone rings from his assistant to schedule surgery. I'm like thinking, hmmm is this just a money maker? Second opinion says I am a textbook case for surgery. Third, makes some crack comment about not making money from just appointments.4. So, what to do? Another reference point, I talked up a person walking through one of the parking lots of these clinics. He said he had surgery but he was walking slow and said he was still having problems. I was already thinking too that once you open up the back are you opening up a life of problems? Mind you I can barely walk at this point. It hurts sitting, laying down, everything.5. All the doctors told me that after the surgery I would need to walk a lot as part of the healing. (another aside is that in my situation I didn't need to go right back to work or play sports right away so I had time on my side). Well, I started walking every day. At the start I could barely put one foot in front of the other.6. I started a log book of medication I was taking each day. It didn't happen all at once but eventually it was like 2 vicoden and 3 advil. And then little bit less and little bit less.7. I basically walked off the problem.8. This was a LONG process. Maybe within several months I was off medication. However, I never considered myself fully healed. I still had lingering pain. I still had to take walks every single day. Like a smoker takes a cigarette break, I went for walks. Twice a day or more, after work, before, whenever I could get them in. And when I didn't walk, I noticed. The pain would flare up.~~~ that was all 6 or 7 years ago ~~~Fast forward to the last 3 or 4 years9. Every now and then something would happen like jumping off a diving board the wrong way or something and I would be like, dang, I reignited this whole problem. Here I go again. Darn it. But eventually pain would subside.10. This means even 4 years after etc I was being protective and not thinking I was totally out of the woods. And it would recurr or flare up even years after.11. I am sure to be careful about the back. Not lifting too much, or ackwardly. Being careful. Rarely golfing or bowling for fear that is too much stress.~~~~~~Fast forward to the last year12. I have competed in triathlons and running races. I did an Olympic distance triathlon of 1 mile swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. Long story short, in my situation at least, you do have a future and you can get through it. Hope this helps someone.
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  • About 6 months ago, I injured my back at the gym by over extending back bends. It's been painful since, but lately been much worse w/ chronic pain both in my neck and lower spine. I now am positive I have a herniated disc, (one that is malaligned.) I don't know how I can go through life this way. I feel crippled and my personality is changing. Movement just seems to make it worse. This is my dilemma. Can anyone relate? Does anyone know of any good therapies? :(Go for Acupuncture Treatments that can help you out for relief from pain
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