I just found this site and am happy I did! I have been dealing with chronic pain the last 4 years. I herniated 2 lumbar discs while pregnant with my 1st. It was terrible but I managed with therapy. 22 months later , I had my 2nd child.
I have had pain everyday but can get by. But I can't walk longer than 20 min and have found no way to exercise without pain. It doesn't help that I've been lifting babies!
In Oct of this year, I herniated c5/c6 disc and the neck injury has been terrible. I have pain as well as numbness in my left hand. This week, the front of my thighs started tingling.
My ortho surgeon said 2 of the 3 herniation a are pretty bad but because of how young I am, would like to hold off on surgery as long as possible. I've never had any injections as of yet.
I've tried therapy for my neck, but it seemed to make it worse. I'm going to try a new therapist out. My youngest is not even 2 yrs old and 30 lbs so I know lifting him isn't helping, but there is nothing I can do about that.
I'm trying to avoid surgery. Any suggestions of how to manage pain so I can exercise and get back to a more normal life appreciated! The ortho surgeon and rehabilitation Doctor haven't provided much help. Thank you in advance!