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Hey! New to site and looking for advice

hey. I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back and a pinched sciatic nerve. I'm currently seeing a chiropractor, which has helped a lot, but I still get so frustrated with how much it hurts to sit or stand for long periods of time. I have no choice! I have to sit for my classes (3 classes in a row, 2 hrs each), my internship- at a desk, my job-at a desk. I also work in laundry but i can't work until my back gets better (god knows when!!!!!!!! D:< lol) and i am just desperate for tips to alleviate the pain and to speed up the healing process, if that is even possible! also, how long does it take for a herniated disc to heal? I just want so bad to be able to make it through class without being in so much pain...
L5 sciatica, L4 and L5 herniated disc


  • backache99backache99 Posts: 1,338
    edited 10/08/2012 - 9:48 PM
    you could try a TENS machine the touch TENS is a good purchase and is only about 30 pounds ?$ and its easy to use .if you buy a TENS get one with preset programs on it you done need a 300 pound machine that you need a physic degree to use .many TENS have pre set programs on them and you only need the type with two electrode .you could also try ice /heat and OTC pain killers but if you are still in pain and its effecting your life /sleep you need to see a consultant and maybe consider surgery ..surgery is always massive decision and unfortunately many that have surgery need more surgery as time rolls on .i am 46 and have had 3 lots of surgery the last one was a ALIF fusion and i am still recovering from it 9 months later .back surgery doesn't always remove pain and many people will never be totally free from back pain surgery is normally don't to repair a damaged or diseased spine .i would leave the surgery option until you have exhausted all other options .i speak from years of painful experience .once again its nice to meet you
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I had a herniated disc (c-5) my Dr at the spine clinic said surgery, and I am deeply opposed to that so I found a new chiropractor who has a "decompression table" I began my treatments on the table 3 times a week for 3 weeks and within the second week, had feeling in my arm again! it works, I've suffered from this twice now, the first time took 7 weeks to heal, this time 3. check into it, it may help
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