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L5, S1 with pelvic dysfunction..not a fan of Physical therapy

I was told I had a slight herniated disc at l5 s1, I was told I had pelvic floor dysfunction, I was told to go to physical therapy for these issues, even though I had( at the most) uncomfortable but bearable issues, and I had no problems walking, sitting, dancing, or even doing a cartwheel. (im 44) After being poked and prodded (internal pelvic exam) for the pelvic floor dysfuntion and then sent on to Physical therapy and told to do kegals and back flexing and stretching, and hip rotations, I am in chronic debilitating pain for going on 4 months now. The physical therapists and my docs are now throwing around the term "trigger points" at me, when If that is even what is going on, then they activated them! My doc keeps telling me to continue with PT and my physical therapist told me not to come back until I wasnt in so much pain. That was 4 months ago, Now I limp every where, Use a wheel chair to go grocery shopping and lie in bed crying 75% of the time. I used to walk 5 mi a day, now I cant even make it around the block with the dog. The pain is LRQ to hip, occaisional right back buttock and occasional pins and needles in R leg or foot. My hip cannot take walking or sitting for more that about 10 mins until I am almost totally disabled. I dont know what to do. I wish I had never even gone to my doctor and complained ... all I wanted was a hysterectomy because my uterus was falling out and I had trouble peeing. I also have a bladder hernia, Then they did an MRI and found the l5 s1 MINOR issue, and now AFTER they caused the pain, they want to blame the smallest l5 s1 hernia I think Ive ever seen. ARRRRG.Hhhh. any advice? Thanks


  • I just want to say I completely understand what you are going through. Sometimes less is more. Our bodies actually learn to adapt to the dysfunction. When we try too hard to correct a problem, we get more problems. Listen to your body and try to think about the problem you have. Herniated discs don't always give you pain. Sometimes knowing about it causes more pain. I am also 44. PM me if you want to chat!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Its nov now, yup still in pain. now I have terrible sciatica pain along with the hip and lrq pain.. its like it s spreading. SOme days are worse than others... I am beginning to think about what I am going to have to live with and accept if this pain never goes away.. thank you so much for being here.. :)
  • I'm sorry for what you are going through . But one thing that I'm sure that already know is that laying in bed is only going to make the entire issue worse. The muscles become accustomed to disuse and become weaker and more tired from the lack of use. Sciatica is a common problem, unfortunately, and the longer you don't excercise ( not strenuous excercise) but walk, several times a day, the more weak your entire body will become.
    If you have not seen a surgeon for a consult yet, it might be time to see about another MRI and possibly a return to physical therapy to strengthen your core muscles and get you back on your feet at least a bit. With time and hard work, you may find that there is a big improvement in your endurance and ability to get back on your feet.
    A visit with a specialist who understands pelvic floor dysfunction might also be a step in the right direction.
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