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hi there,
L5/S1 disc herniation.been 35 days already.(chronic pain for 7 days,then started to subside)
trying to avoid surgery.doing aqua exercises. and swimming.
some days i feel ok, some other days i feel like im still the same and not improving.
anyone can please tell me which is better,
Aqua therapy., SWIMMING,and aqua exercises? or WALKING.
i just cant even know if i am improving or not. though the numbness and tingling is not present anymore.
i just feel muscle pain. in my buttock and my hamstring sometimes when i walk a bit.
pain subsides though when i m on my back.
please any recommendation would be appreciated.
Thank you.


  • scionxsscionx Posts: 27
    edited 05/06/2014 - 3:25 AM
    I take magnesium to help with tight muscles and lower extremity stiffness. I can't swim so I can't attest to its value. Walking and staying moving helps and some core activating and leg activating exercises do too. I have three disc herniations in the lumbar spine and am almost six months out from the first of the injury. I didn't have initial numbness and tingling , mine came about 6-8 weeks after the injury. The tingling and numbers and shooting pains are almost daily now. I have had two ESI into my herniations and may be looking at surgery. Any questions feel free to ask I can tell my experiences.
  • I personally prefer walking. I always have the numbness and tingling, it never ever goes away for me.
  • You have acute pain, chronic pain is pain that continues for 3-6 months or more.........your pain is acute, less than 3-6 months.
    Since you are experiencing a reduction in pain, then the swimming is apparently helping, and the strengthening is helping.
    Did you go see a doctor or is what you are doing something that you decided to do on your own?
    I am happy that conservative treatment is helping you , and that you are seeing improvement.
  • WTWWT Posts: 46
    edited 05/06/2014 - 7:27 AM
    i have been checked by many Drs,(8Doctors so far) and all of them agreed about the swimming. but what's really confusing me, some Drs asked me to walk too. others preferred i spend few weeks on my back and just go 1 hour a day to swim.
    thats why when i have bad days, i wonder if i had to walk/rest. this is so confusing.
    and you know by this stage, the improvement is slow to a certain level that you can't recognize if i m improving or not. especially like i said. nomore numbness/tingling.
    Thank you all for your replies. and sorry for my language. english isnt my native language apparently.
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