Hello all, thank you for taking the time out to read my post. I'm new here and new to my spine problem. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction or provide me some comfort if at all. I appreciate your time, thanks again.
I'm a 36 year old male who about a month ago or during the holiday season started experiencing a "pain in the butt" type of experience. At first I thought it was no big deal and started applying heat and massaging the area. I probably would have never thought I had a herniated disc had I never experienced numbness at the bottom of my foot going up to my calf. Thankfully I'm not in pain where I just feel discomfort and stiffness in my lower back and buttocks with some burning sensation at times. It's the numbness that has me worried the most.
I went to a Neurologist who sent me for an MRI which determined a .5 millimeter disc herniation along with something minor in L4 . The doctor advised not to do surgery at this time since I'm not in pain, just discomfort. He also said I should not take an epidural because whatever I'm feeling may or may not go away where he does not think it will help with numbness and is afraid I could become a diabetic. He did prescribe some pain killers however advised not to take them unless I'm in pain. He said physical therapy may help however doubts it. The doctor unfortunately said there is nothing I can do. I asked if losing weight would help and he said it might however the damage is already done.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO? I don't want to live like this for the rest of my life or until it's so bad I decide to go for surgery.
I did try physical therapy however that didn't go so well. They put me on a chair which stretched my back then did a massage and during the massage it was like the sciatica got worse where I had a spasm or worse. I couldn't even move. I eventually had to get up but was in what was probably one of the worst pains I have ever experienced in my life. I complained to them and they started acupuncture to relieve the pain which did go down thankfully. I left that place thinking I would never go back.
I'm 6'1 and weigh 314 lbs currently where I have already lost approx. 15 to 20 pounds already just from changing my diet by trying to eating healthy rather than what I was doing before by eating out and etc.
I've seen plenty of videos on stretching and want to start exercising however I'm worried of making this worse. I just don't know what to do at this point and could really use some advice. I know there are many of you out there with this or similar or even worse problems.
Thanks again for your time. I greatly appreciate it.
-Mike T.Lumbar Herniated DiscWhat's a Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc?