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New Member, Looking To Learn, L5-S1 Compression & Bulging

gumcrew2ggumcrew2 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there

I stumbled here doing research on how to help my back. Looks like a bunch of people like myself are here too, very excited to share others experiences and learn.


Am male, 22yrs old, 8yrs martial arts/(was)great physical condition.
Was in a front end auto collision 5/11. L5 disc compressed and bulged out 360*, more to right than left, lost feeling from waist down temporarily.
44 Days flat on my back.
Physical Therapy/ Chiropractor/ Massage EVERY other day.
Train with an injury-specific yoga instructor.

Have regained the strength, but nothing stops the pain.
4 facet epidural injections and 1 in the nerve. Got 2.5 weeks of "better" but never without pain. Oxycodone/Hydrocodone/Naproxen/Valium make 0 difference on the pain, just my state of mind about it.

Looking at medial branch block on Tuesday/repeat facet injections.

Can physically do most things, my range and weight bearing ability is almost fully recovered. But not without constant pain.

Feel like I'm going backwards now.
Every step feels like landing from a 10ft fall.

I'm on day 234 and keeping my chin up and looking to heal.

After lurking around reading for the past 12hrs here I figured I'd like to be a part and see what I can contribute.




  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry that you have been unable to find adequate pain relief!! it is alot of have on our minds all the time the constant reality of pain!! perhaps being around others who feel as you do will give you alittle relief!! stop by anytime! the forum can make a long day go by alot faster!! we are so glad you dropped in! good luck with your injections on tuesday!! Jenny :)
  • Hello and welcome. I also 'stumbled' accross this site and have thanked my lucky stars ever since. I have learned so very much here, and the support is outstanding. I hope you find some information here that will help you in your life.
    All the best!
  • Just got back from 2nd round of ESI and RF burn, check other forum!
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