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Still no answer about my cousin's condition?

vladone97vvladone97 Posts: 4
edited 03/11/2015 - 10:05 AM in Lower Back Pain
A while ago, I made a post http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/lower-back-pain/lumbar-disc-herniation-resorption-after-6-months asking about my 30 years-old (now 31) cousin who herniated a disc in summer and I didn't get any answer (or at least I didn' get any information that I didn't already know). Well, I talked to some other people about it and they said that her symptoms might very well be something mechanical. As in, the hernia resorbed and she either had something else (of musculoskeletal nature) that she didn't know about and which remained untreated (and obviously undiagnosed) or something else developed eventually/during the initial treatment.
One more thing: her doctor, the one who said that herniated discs don't heal at all (attention: AT ALL), didn't explain her almost anything. Basically, he just told her "Hey, you have a herniated disc" and nothing else. Maybe, just maybe, he told her that a herniated disc is an intervertebral disc that has "moved" (I say "moved" because we all know that they don't actually move). Other than that, nothing. I'm the one who explained her that it's not the herniation itself that hurts, but rather the displaced part of a disc touching a spinal nerve, that the fact that she's not in pain anymore means that the disc isn't touching the nerve anymore (so it did resorb, because if it hadn't, she would've been in the same ammount of pain as in summer and she still would've had difficulty walking) and the reason why the remaining pain might be from something else (because when she lifts something, the disc doesn't start pressing on the nerve again and just resect instantly when she puts down whatever she is lifting). if it were to touch the nerve again, it would be a reccurent disc herniation and she'd be in the same pain as when it all began for the same ammount of time and she'd need treatment again). Simply put, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the doctor didn't even know all of this and that he had just told her that she would never get better because of the good old myth/misconception/whatever you want to call it.
With all that being said, is there any chance that the people I asked were right, that she might have another problem that's causing pain when she lifts more than 2kg?


  • "One more thing: her doctor, the one who said that herniated discs don't heal at all (attention: AT ALL), "
    Shame on this Dr. Very wrong!!! I would ask him to stop consultation for 10min and do some google search. There are even a few research studies done by recognised universities on this matter. Such comments are very bad for patients mentality which is a crucial factor for immunisation. To be truthful, I have also seen many such doctors, which is very pathetic.

    Disc issues takes years to heal if you don't hurt it again and again. If she is very discipline, it may heal itself. Apparently she has already got some relief which is a really good sign. But you indicated in the other thread that now she can wear high heels. That's bad for the disc. Talk to a good conservative treatment Dr. and find out Dos and Don'ts. Wearing high heels is an obvious don't according to my understanding.
  • The thing is, she can wear high heels with absolutely no problem. The only thing is that she has short-term pain when lifting more than 2kg, which, as far as I understand, wouldn't normally come from a herniated disc, especially if she has no other symptoms.
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