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L5S1 Sitting

crazytrain86ccrazytrain86 Posts: 2
edited 10/07/2015 - 4:46 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey all,

About 2 months ago I messed up my back and only recently (week or so) have had it confirmed via MRI as an L5S1 disc herniation. I've read many posts from others on herniation and, I think, mine may be on the less severe side if that's possible. That said, it hasn't healed in 2 months so far, although I am now being much more cognizant of posture and what exercises to not do.

My question is, I've found that my back feels significantly better (no leg pain, mostly minor back irritation) when standing. Unfortunately, for car rides and my desk job, I have to sit which causes my lower back to become irritated with me. Also, standing for a long time during the day (talking probably 8+ hours) starts to hurt my back, likely unrelated to the injury. How do others deal with the sitting problem with such a low herniation? Do any of those lumbar support devices work?

Would also love to hear if anyone with a herniation like this who didn't have it heal in the normal 2-3 mo time table had it heal under a year...

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  • To follow up on the note that was tagged on to my post, I'm 29 and had a history of lifting. Not professionally and I'm actually rather certain that my lack of proper form when squatting was the primary reason why my lower back was weakened.

    MRI says it's a minor posterior protrusion. XRay shows no broken bones. I'm still waiting to get into PT (next week) and haven't really tried anything else. I'm a bit nervous since I'm coming up on that magical 3 month time window that I read online about.

    Also, I've noticed lately that my pain seems to now be more in my back rather than my sciatic. My sciatic still certainly hurts, but it seems to me that more often I'm complaining about my back now. I'm wondering if my change in posture (focusing on sitting upright) could be affecting my other discs or something. It seems that I have back pain not only in the affected area of the spine, but also higher up. I can't tell if that's extra stress from changing my posture, my almost constant tension, or what.
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