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28 y/o Male: 2 Months: Slowly getting worse. Herniated L1-S1

hutson797hhutson797 Posts: 35
edited 06/27/2012 - 9:31 AM in New Member Introductions
Good afternoon everyone. Probably like most here, I was in a desperate search to relieve my back pain. Just wanted to introduce myself, give you all the information I have, and get some helpful feedback.

I'm a 28 year old male, in great health (minus the back). Have a 20 degree curve of scoliosis. Up until April, I had no pain.
April-June, pain finally got bad enough, that I realized it was something serious. NOT a sore muscle.

Most likely culprits of the herniation:
-Moving my furniture up a flight of stairs
-Squats, military press, shrugs.
-Sitting for long periods (3+ hours)
-Had my back "cracked" by a chiropractor ( I will NEVER in my life do that again)

In obvious hindsight, I shouldn't have done these. But I had never had any issues in my life before.

Ok, so I was diagnosed with a herniated L1-S1 in early June. Each day the symptons linger or get worse. MUCH sciatic pain down my left leg into the toes. Shooting pain every once and a while. Guys, I'm DYIN' here. I can't friggin sit for more than 20 min without serious pain. I'm sure you can sympathize

Here is what I have done since then to try and remedy:
-Physical therapy:
-Cortisone shot
-Oral Steriods
-Daily stretching as recommended by therapist
-TENS machine to relax muscles
-Stopped ALL lifting that effects my back.
-Gentle Decompression with wedges underneath me with chiropractor
-Ice 3-4 times a day.
-No running.

NOTHING seems to relieve the pain. I know that this can take time. Maybe I am inpatient. But this stuff is ruining my life.

Why I'm really here. Lets see if anyone can relate...with this cycle!

I'm in pain>I go see someone>they give me a diagnosis >I start to worry>I stress>I get depressed> I think, oh man, I'm gonna be crippled!> I get REALLY desperate to relieve pain>I start to throw my life savings away at quick false fixes>I make a mistake (surgery) or sketchy chiropractors.

Done ranting. I'm a very determined person. But this is seriously bringing me down. Gotta stay positive, its hard.
Please, any encouragement would really really be appreciated. I could use it; ;)

Thanks guys! Pic below





  • Hey Brent, welcome. Sorry to hear of the pain. I too deal with a herniated l5-s1 along many other things. Did your mri report rule out the Herniation leading to nerve root impingement? That usually is the cause of sciatica sadly and it sucks i feel for ya bud. There is a ton of great threads on this very thing. Hope it gets better soon.

    I try to stay positive, some days just kick me down.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.i think you need to slow down and take it easy on yourself a little bit!! i don't quite understand if you have had surgery or not and if i was you i would be very careful seeing chiro's!!!! they can often hurt more back conditions than help them!! . hang around the fourm for awhile and see what more you can find about your condition.. good luck to you! stop by anytime!! Jenny
  • Hi--
    I know if I could go back a few years in life, I would:

    be kinder to myself and my body. *expected a quick fix- always overcame injuries in sports quickly*
    *not go back to 'normal' life when I had a pain free day* really bad of me!!! Oh, how
    I wish I knew then..... what I was doing to myself by pushing it too much~!

    I have learned so much from this site and people on it. truly a support system.
    I have learned .. patience! (patients NEED patience). lol.
    I have learned there is no quick fix. For me, it is a new way of life, and if it is meant to work, it will take work.
    I have learned to be grateful for simple things..instead of wanting more. Materialistic things dont' matter.
    I have learned it is a journey.. and nobody wants to be on it.. but those who are have to keep positive. It is easy to type.. hard to do some days for sure.
    I have learned to be my own advocate.. and found my voice. :)
    So.. dont' let your mind go off on it's own tangent.. cause it sure can for me! Causing more anxiety than it was worth.. (going in for new therapies etc.. )
    Music is very powerful for me-- throw the cd on and close my eyes. I can dance then.. in my head.. and still kinda experience it all. It makes me happy, not sad. It is a future goal.. to dance in carefree abandon again.. one day. For now, I will dance in my head.
  • hernerherner Posts: 12
    edited 06/29/2012 - 4:58 AM
    Post Edited by The Spine-Health Moderator Team
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