Have 2 herniated discs. I'm trying to stay optimistic, but the pain is bad. Any suggestions to conquer back pain?Jan 10
Unfortunately because of an accident in combination of sitting all day, I have 2 bulging discs. I've tried chiro, pt and reading a few books by dr. Stuard mcgill. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear it. I'm also in my 20s.
- Anecdotally, squatting gave me relief when I had a herniated disc. I avoided exercise for a few weeks and my back was fatiguing quickly whenever I’d sit down. After squatting, I noticed a drastic improvement in my stamina.
This assumes proper form and sub-maximal weight, of course. And listen to your body: if it’s painful or you can’t do it properly, find an exercise that does work for you. PT-recommended exercises made my back much, much worse. They were fairly basic but the movements left me in pain.3d0
- I was in a similar boat a few years ago. PT did not help me, and actually made it worse. What helped me a lot was swimming (even just messing around in the pool), strength training, and a lot of walking. A book recommended by my doctor was also very helpful: “7 Steps to a Pain-free Life, How to Relieve ...”.
Don’t be afraid to do whatever you need to do for relief. If that means laying on hard surface (like the floor at work) for a few minutes every hour, so be it. Bring a yoga mat if you have to. Stand when you can, too.
I would see a back/spine specialist if you don’t get relief within 6 months, or if you feel you’re not improving.
It is very important you remain physically active if you want to get better. You may feel physical discomfort or tightness due to swelling, but don’t let it discourage you.
- New QFyl35Find a good Chiro then go regularly and do pt exercises. Build core strength through th exercises. My ex did this and she actually did her exercises and over a few years her back pain is now entirely gone.
Surgery will F you up hard no on that.
Don’t get addicted to narcotics they will F you up too.
There is no short cut.
- Salesforce crLO28I wound up with two herniated discs and one bulging. 18 months of religious PT and I can do most activities but still get deep tissue massages, walk 2-3 miles a day and stretch to avoid that kind of pain ever again.
- Micro Focus / EngbroteinWhat are your symptoms? How bad is the pain? Are you able to walk and exercise still? Not sure if I can help but just wondering.
- I’ve been dealing with a bad herniated L5-S1 the past 8 months. It will take time. PT is important, as is reducing inflammation with anti-inflammatories, regular icing, and muscle relaxers. I ended up having an epidural which helped immensely, and allowed me to improve PT. I would highly recommend seeing an Ortho.
- Read a book called "Crooked: Outwitting the back pain industry.."
Reading stuff by Stuart McGill is a good start but not everything. Read his book "Low Back Disordered 3rd Edition".
Also recommend looking up people like Craig liebenson, gray Cook. I'll try to get you more info soon.