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Help101HHelp101 Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2015 - 3:29 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 28 years old and got married last year. I have been dealing with disk herniation for past 10 months.
I started having backache but it was not excruciating so I tolerated it more than a month or so till I was not able to sit or stand at length. I was busy and devoted to work, I also showed to a doc who told me to continue with routine activities and so I kept working till one day finally excruciating pain started travelling down my left leg. The doc in question was not helping and luckily when I needed to consult him again he was out of town....so by recommendation I showed to another doc...he diagnosed disk herniation between l4 and l5 vertebra and recommended strict bed rest if I wanted to avoid slip disk and surgery. The days that followed resulted in worsening of pain so much so that I could not stand or sit for more that 10 minutes. Those were bleak days...as I was bedridden for about 3 months while my family came together to take care of me. I even went in depression for a while but eventually I was healed and back to work. However recently I slipped and the pain has come shooting back.Initially it was muscular but lack of rest led to spinal pain. I thought of coming to the community before but couldn't summon the strength to. However, I need help and friends who would understand what I am going through. The pain is too much and even doing some little work, standing for a bit long or sitting longer brings it shooting back. I feel so helpless, I need advise how to manage it. I don't want to take extended leave from work. How do I manage it along with work which is about 10 hrs. The doc has advised taking a break and resting in between. Please advise me on better ways to manage my day and health. You can call me hope :)

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 01/21/15 09:30


  • ouch!! I know how you feel, really I do. Herniated lumbar pain is awful. Have you had a mri yet? Have you seen a spine doctor? Pain so severe requires a doctors intervention. Most flare ups reach a Plato then stabilize after a bit. During the storm you could try deep massages, long hot tub soaks, bed rest, Over the counter pain patches. Did your doctor prescribe anything for you?? Heating pads while you sit are helpful. Personally I wouldn't ignore your pain. I would see a spine doctor. They specialize in treating your condition. The pain is there for a reason and it may or may not get better with time.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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