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I am 58 years old and up until 5 months ago I was very active. I would train 5 days a week at the gym, mostly weight training (bodybuilding) and cardio. My diet was very clean, basically a Mediterranean diet with extra emphasis on protein. At the time I was 5’10”, 190lbs and 12% body fat. I was in pretty good shape.
Four months ago I started to experience periodic sciatic nerve pain that radiated down my left leg. At first it would dissipate once I would get up and move about. During the last three months it got to the point that I could not stand or sit for more than a minute or two without excruciating pain. It got to the point where the only position that would give me any relief was when I laid supine face down on my stomach.
My first course of action was to see a chiropractor. His initial diagnoses was that I more than likely had a herniated disc. I had an MRI and I indeed had a large (1cm) herniated disc between L4 and L5 that was pressing against my sciatic nerve. At this juncture the chiropractor admitted that he really could not do anything for me.
I then contacted a spine surgeon who also happened to be a
bodybuilder. We audited the
exercises I was performing and he was able to pinpoint the most likely culprits
that brought this condition to fruition.
Basically I was performing leg-pressing exercises that involved extreme
range of motion that over time was putting immense pressure on the fore
mentioned vertebrae. He suggested
that my next course of action was to see a pain specialist and have an
I had an ESI performed. It did very little to alleviate the pain. It maybe brought my pain down from an 8
or 9 to about a 71/2. Also, during
this time I was performing all of the obligatory PT exercises, e.g. Mackenzie
stretches, planks, pelvic tilts, etc.
I also tightened up my diet, staying away from inflammatory foods such
as gluten, simple sugars and foods high in saturated fats. I concentrated on anti-inflammatory
foods high in fatty three omegas, antioxidants, etc. The only other thing was even remotely helping with the pain
were high doses of NSAIDS (Ibuprofen).
I also was supplementing this regiment with 200mg of curcumin a day.
This brings me to the topic of Kratom. I do not want to get into the topic of
the possible dangers of Kratom; it’s potential for abuse, etc. There are plenty of scholarly articles
on the topic. Some are biased and
some are not. I did my due
diligence on the topic and came to the conclusion to try Kratom. So, please refrain from commenting on
these issues. In addition to my
research, I have a very good friend of mine who has been using Kratom for
chronic pain for years and highly recommended I try it.
For the last few weeks I have been taking low dose Kratom
every six hours or so. The overall
effect has been remarkable. My
pain is still there but at a very diminished level, maybe a three or a four. I was also able to cut back my
ingestion of Ibuprofen from 600mg
every 4 hours to 200mg every five hours. I also experimented on two separate occasions with
taking Kratom out of the equation for a day or two and the pain came back with
a vengeance. I did this to see if
the pain relieving effects had something to do with the ESI.
Kratom is not for everyone but my experience has been very
positive and I just thought I would share. Inevitably I am probably going to via for a microdiscectomy. In the long run I need a cure not a