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Moderate Central Disc Herniation at L5-S1 after whiplash

aazantoutaaazantout Posts: 1
edited 06/16/2015 - 3:06 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hi Guys,

I am an active 30 year old male who regularly does sports since my teenage years.

So I had a car accident on May 15th, 2015 and was diagnosed with a whiplash. I regularly practice Bikram yoga which has changed my life ever since I started the practice. So I decided to take a week off yoga after my accident. When I returned to practice I had a severe back spasm while forward bending. I then decided to take two weeks off as the pain quickly subsided the next day I did not see a doctor. Last week I went for a Bikram Yoga Class and guess what, while forward bending I got the same back spasm again but the pain was worse. So i decided to see a Spine Specialist doctor and after performing an MRI, it was noticed that I have moderate disc herniation at L5-S1 without significant narrowing of the canal or neural foramina. The doctor just prescribed anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants coupled with stomach lining protection pills and told me that i shouldn't do excessive yoga and at the same time i shouldn't be sedentary because my muscles will get weaker. I am very confused on the one hand I have no pain but I am scared to practice yoga again and have a relapse or a much worse herniation and on the other hand I'm also worried to lose all the benefits I got from practicing yoga. Your advice based on your knowledge or previous experience is highly appreciated.

Thanks again,

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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. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
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    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

Many people who have had spinal problems or surgeries practice a passive Yoga. But as with any exercise, you first need your doctors awareness and approval.
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/16/15 09:07 est
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