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Progression, Herniated Disc, chronic pain

pdbanksppdbanks Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Good News
Hello everyone, I'm happy to share that today a few hours after physical therapy my pain has decreased from an 8-10 (mind numbing, half human/half heathen, half deranged) range to a 4-5 range (mildly unpleasant).

My doctor diagnosed me with a herniated/bulging disc 1 month ago and referred me to physical therapy. I've had a bulging disc before and felt this was different because it was chronic instead of acute like last time when it was bulging.

I was taking 6 Percs a day couldn't sit for longer than 10 minutes and was a devil to be around. After 2 weeks in PT I managed to come down to 2 percs a day and level my temper a bit. Today I was able to drive home without a thought of pain.

I just want to thank everyone on this board, I would be up late nights reading this forum bent over on an ottoman trying to make sense of it all. Sorry for not registering sooner but pain prevented me from doing or thinking anything remotely complex other than reading shorts.

I screwed my back up playing sports (basketball, running) while my back was telling me to rest. I think I'll be taking it easy for the next year with non-impact sports.

Although I'm not completely 100, I do feel like I'm on my way.

Good luck, god bless, remain hopeful, and keep fighting for the quality of your life everyone.


  • Hello all I am giving an update to anyone who is wondering how I am doing 10 months later. My pain level in a low activity level is 0 for the most part. I still can not jog or play basketball at a medium to high intensity level. I still can not do over 20 sit ups in a row.

    The good news is, I CAN do 20 situps, I can bike ride, I can do low impact motions and play with a slower bunch of guys on the court, lol.

    I have been doing p90 with a bunch of modified exercises because of my back. I am stronger and 10 pounds lighter.

    I am a highly active person so my idea of 100percent may be different from yours. Stay positive and keep moving.
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