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ronrooneyrronrooney Posts: 1
Hi guys,
I have visited this site many times over the past year as I was in search of advice and experiences about Sciatica. Let me tell you what I've been through so If you can relate please read on.
I am 23 years old, just out of college. I have been an athlete all my life, through school and college. I used to have soccer training 4 hours a day and then go for an hour and half of kickboxing. In my final semester, during a college football match, I had a bad injury. I fell on my arm and dislocated both my elbow and my shoulder at the same time. I got my elbow and shoulder manually set by the doctor but i still needed a labrum reconstruction surgery. I had to refrain from activity for 5 months. As all athletes that stop training abruptly, I put on a lot of weight, around 25 kilos in a span of 3 months! I slowly started jogging and running but as my body was not used to the extra weight I soon started getting problems, like compartment syndrome, lower back pain etc. And finally one day I realised that I had herniated a disc because as soon as I finished my run I came back to have no feeling in my legs. I had partial paralysis and pins and needles in both legs! I couldn't understand what was happening. I saw a doctor and took and MRI and he said that I have slipped discs L4 L5. I felt like crying. He said that I should do physio and if that doesn't help I should get surgery! After 2 weeks of physio my back got better but my sciatica was still raging. I felt like crying everytime I sat down. I struggled with sciatica for 2 months after that. Then I started learning something about this condition. It's BEATABLE! I'm gonna give you some tips and if you follow this I garuntee that you will get better.

1) Try Yoga: I mean try the yoga poses especially for sciatica. You can find tons of articles on this. Backbending poses and hamstring stretches(GENTLY). DO NOT DO ANY FOWARD BENDING POSES.

2)SLEEP: Get enough sleep and I mean deep sleep that is when the nerve repairing happens.

3) Try to strengthen core and lower back muscles with only bodyweight exercises.

4) Lose weight to take pressure of the discs.

5) Self massage with ayurvedic oils: Dhanwantaram tailam and Kottamchukadi Tailam (mixed in a container and made lukewarm)

Warning! Do not take any members advice in terms of exercise, treatments, etc. What may be good for one person could cause a lot of trouble for some one else. Before you start anything, check with your doctor first.

I can say after 9 months that I am not 100% but I am slowly getting back to sports and after a heavy workout I still feel little numbness behind my knees but it disappears after a while. I started doing hardcore weight training without a problem. What I want to say to you all suffering from this is that, Doctors will tell you you need surgery but it depends on your whole outlook to the problem. The body is very finely tuned machine any small change and it can lead to health problems, but the body also has ways of healing itself. You just have to conquer the pain in your mind first, everything will be alright. Sciatica in my opinion is worse than a slipped disc because neurological problems are unpredictable. But keep faith and be patient and don't rush into surgery

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