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How to manage extreme soreness?

LiveAgainLLiveAgain Posts: 4
edited 02/24/2015 - 8:29 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone,

First time posting here. I am 26 years old and 4 years ago I suffered from a fall while playing basketball. Although, I didn't have immediate pain I had a progressive pain that escalated rather quickly. After dealing with some extreme flare ups a MRI was done and the results were DDD/herniation on my L5-S1 with contacting of the sciatic nerve root.

I've dealt with about 2 flare ups per year and moderate to no pain other times. However, my last flare up that was aggravated by a sneeze has done it's worst damage yet late last year. I was out of work for over 2 months barely able to walk. An ESI, some physical therapy, and time got me back to work.

However, I suffer from extreme extreme soreness every single day. I don't have "pain" so to speak, but it might as well be with how crippling my soreness can be. I wake up every day with such soreness I can barely bend. As the day goes by and I warm up my muscles and it subsides quite a bit and at times even goes away. But, if I lay down for even 10 minutes it's right back. I can never rest lying down without getting up in pain. It's been months like this. I've tried heat and I feel like that makes me worse. I stretch every morning, but the yields almost no results.

I recently went back to my chiropractor and he claims it's scar tissue that needs to be broken down? Does that make any sense to you guys?

Do any of you suffer from this? What have you done for relief?

I am entering the fire academy in a short time and I am desperate to get rid of this.

Thank you


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