Have 2 herniated discs. I'm trying to stay optimistic, but the pain is bad. Any suggestions to conquer back pain?

Google akaa
Jan 10 29 Comments

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.

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  • Gartner kiempe
    Deadlift
    Jan 10 5
    • Google akaa
      OP
      Actually there comes a point where too much load is actually negatively correlated with spine health
      Jan 10
    • Microsoft / Eng Dr. 13
      Agreed, deadlifting and squatting is a terrible idea when you have spinal issues.
      Jan 10
    • Gartner kiempe
      Ah okay, maybe try lower weights?
      Jan 10
    • Pinterest pinhead
      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.
      Jan 15
    • Google sksa
      @pinhead I had the same relief, but found out that my discs were getting smaller in size. Get a MRI to compare
      Jan 15
  • Pinterest pinhead
    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.
    Jan 10 2
    • Microsoft / Eng Dr. 13
      What other books do you recommend?
      Jan 10
    • Amazon npYz41
      +1 swimming helps
      Jan 10
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    No shortcuts here. PT is the right option for you.
    Jan 10 0
  • Lyft npAv15
    No shortcut. Surgeons and hospitals will happily take your money and guarantee nothing. Do physical therapy.
    Jan 10 0
  • New QFyl35
    Find 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.
    Jan 10 0
  • Salesforce crLO28
    I 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.
    Jan 10 1
    • Microsoft / Eng Dr. 13
      Age? Did you have an annular tear? Any neurological symptoms?
      Jan 10
  • Micro Focus / Eng brotein
    What 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.
    Jan 10 1
    • Google akaa
      OP
      They are only bad on days when I do physical activity even moderate weights.
      Jan 11
  • Salesforce lozere
    When I had this, I used CBD oil for the pain. Echo other views to avoid surgery and choose physiotherapy
    Jan 15 0
  • Quest Diagnostics AMO0912
    I had the same. I’ve had 2 back surgeries, including a spinal fusion. I like to use CBD oil and a Healthmate Forever tens unit. It’s the best tens unit I’ve used...powerful. $30ish on Amazon.
    Jan 15 0
  • Udemy eGWq74
    Also, posture and spine mobility is super important and often overlooked.
    Jan 12 0
  • Udemy eGWq74
    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.
    Jan 12 0
  • Oath OPnd70
    Weed. Smoke ‘em if you got them.
    Jan 10 0
  • AnchorFree / QA
    rokfeller

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    rokfellermore
    If you really really really want to fix this - read kiparis.ua. Use translator. This thing really works, but it is going to take you 3-6 months of everyday exercise. You can pm me your ldap and I will explain how this works.
    Jan 10 0
  • Nestle / Data PIAo40
    Surgery? I know of a photographer who got back to normal life after goingn through this doc. It was in Europe though, so the whole thing was covered by the health care system.. He was performed a pretty innovative procedure
    Jan 10 0
  • Samsung uriI37
    Exercise 45 min to 1hr start slow and ramp up weights
    Jan 10 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Dr. 13
    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.
    Jan 10 0
  • Facebook BaseFook
    Like others have said your best bet is to strengthen the surrounding muscles, that should make the pain go away entirely in some cases
    Jan 10 0
  • Garmin uvCr44
    Went through this a couple years ago... Chiro + building and maintaining core strength and staying active every day is by far best prescription. Had some friends (all of us in our 20s) go through surgery and very mixed results, would definitely avoid it till last resort
    Jan 10 0
  • Uber lulzCa
    Some chiropractors and pt offer back strengthening machines (MedX) which can help you recover mobility and reduce pain.
    Jan 10 0
  • IBM ooei73
    Prescription pain killers
    Jan 10 0

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