I am a 36 year old male who herniated L5/S1 in December of 2006 while participating in an mma class. I never had a back problem before this incident. As an extremely active person who lifts weights and runs religiously, this injury was the worse thing that could happen to me physically. Started with back pain then progressed to sciatica with the butt pain traveling to the foot. After a year and a half of conservative treatment, opted for an endocopic discectomy. This relieved some of the symptoms but still had some lingering of others -- not too bad though. Had another setback last month but feel good as of today. Along the way, I have learned some ways both mentally and physically to alleviate the nagging pain while consistently maintaining an exercise routine. I am not a doctor or even close to one but I have been through it and in my opinion, the best advice I ever got was from regular people with back injuries -- not the doctors who all have such a variety of opinions as to diagnosis and treatment that it made me question the whole medical community and their effectiveness. In closing, I am more than willing to help someone who is going through this horrible injury and ask anyone who has any questions about some of the things that have helped me to e-mail me (EDITED) or post it here.
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