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SapaSSapa Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone,

Just introducing myself. My name is Sandy and I have 2 disc herniations between L4 and L5, and L5 and S1. I've had this for over 2 years now. I just recently had a Facet Block injection (May 20th) It seemed to help after the first couple of days, but now it seems to be wearing off already. I had an MRI on June 2 and it shows that the herniations have gotten a bit worse, and that I seem to have the beginnings of osteo-arthritis. So that's discouraging. I have another appoitment with my specialist this Friday, so I'll see what he says to do next. It took 2 years to even get this first injection, so I'm pretty tired of all this.

I also have Fibromyalgia (for about the last 15 years.) and all the complications that come with that.

I recently came back to work full-time and am finding it very hard. Fortunately, I work for a school division and get the summer months off, so hopefully I'll be able to rest and take a break.

I actually also have a question. I would like to try and strengthen my back by walking on my treadmill. Does anyone know of any good sites that provide walking programs for people with back injuries??

Thanks for your help, and I look forward to hearing from any of you!

Take care,


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Welcome to spine health. I'm sorry that your block is wearing off already. I don't know about the walking programs but I'm sure there are some on this site who can recommend something. Take care and I hope you like this site as much as I do. It's a great place to share your problems and triumphs.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you need to get together with a good pm who can not only give injections and blocks but can offer medications to help with your chronic pain. :-C Lyrica is really working wonders for my nerve pain.. =D> good luck as you seek relief! :D Jenny :)
  • Hi Sandy and welcome to the site. i think that one problem with the blocks is that they take away your pain so that you are able to do your normal daily activities - it doesnt cure the bulging disks. so, you feel good and start getting back to your normal routine which can potentially make the herniation worse. its a double edged sword i guess. i hope everything goes well at your next appt. keep us updated!
  • sorry to read about your many chronic pain troubles. it's great you'll have the summer off to do some walking. i've never heard of any walking programs.
    walking is such an individual thing. you can spot and recognize an individual hundreds of yards away just by the way they walk. i recall that my physical therapist used to give me advice on posture as i walked. he considered it very important to my rehabilitation. it might be beneficial to get some initial assistance in physical therapy.
    i have tried to continue walking for many of the 40 years i have dealt with pain. unfortunately i can only walk about 100 feet now while assisted by double banisters. i guess i'll keep trying to walk as much as i can tolerate. i hope to obtain a spinal stimulator that will ease the pain enough to do more walking.
    good luck and maybe i'll bump into you on those sunny trails this summer >:D<
  • hi everyone, thanks for your welcomes and kind words.

    I think you're right lilcowgirl - I think after the block, I felt good and didn't watch as much how I was moving, maybe that aggrivated things and made it worse.

    I'm sure I'll get lots of good info from all of you and others on these boards. I'm just happy to have found a place where people understand!!

    Thanks again and TTYL!
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