Last Thursday 23 July 09 I cut my OxyContin dosage in half today, walked the furthest I have been in last 8 weeks (transport interchange, stood on tram rather than sitting, into hospital to find radiology then return trip) as well as most of afternoon sitting in reclined position for some parts of the day now rather than laying down. Getting more ambitious each day and trip was combined with the benefit of picking up a disk of the MRI and the written report. Fortunately I have a friend who is a retired neurosurgeon and hope he will translate MRI report into English (so useful when return to English speaking country and will then try to interpret from medical lingo to understandable)!
For those out there with diagnosed with lower Lumbar Herniated Disk I felt virtually no change in condition for first 5-6 weeks on OxyContin and complete rest(the reduction in pain while laying down after 2 weeks I put down to the drugs and dismissed it as any improvement). I had moved downstairs and stood up only for WC, drinks and Microwave meals which were all within 8 paces. I further reduced the time spent standing up in the last weeks with larger drinks and more food within reach. Felt nausea for the first 3 weeks from Narcotics and still do on occasion (and probably the lack of sleep doesn’t help and the mood swings etc were helped with advice recieved here http://www.spine-health.com/forum/chronic-pain/oxyconton-depression-and-diet-relationship-–-help
). At that stage I did not believe the conservative treatment would work and only repeatedly watching and reading the conservative treatment articles on spine-health decided to continue. As if by miracle, improvement seemed to start (it is believed herniation closed but still disk protuding onto the nerve to a less extent than at the start and as repairs further pain will also reduce).
While others on this site seem to have recovered far quicker from Herniated disk there are still others that have progressed to surgery. Hopefully my improvements will continue with additional rest and exercise and put off surgery.
To all those still suffering severe pain after many weeks following a diagnosis and starting to not trust the doctors (as I started to doubt) about conservative treatment then I thought it was important to let you know that it may repair.
Background as why I posted this - The spine-health forums (due to the member makeup) often seem to have the difficult surgery cases so thought would outline a non surgery case (at the small risk of being excommunicated from this forum
). I know I was in pain and very concerned with many of the posting and my likely future when first logged into this site. Hope this helps someone that log in, in the future.