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L5-S1 Herniation Recovery

Hello all, I have an L5-S1 herniation 8mm and was injured in May 2018. Initially after my injury I had severe sciatica pain and could not stand, sit, or lay on my back or side for more than 5 minutes without excruciating pain. Also the pain ran all the way down my leg with numbness and weakness in that leg. I’ve been doing McKenzie exercises, acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy and inversion therapy with good results. Got down to zero pain but still limited with bending and twisting and then a couple of weeks ago my physical therapist made me do several exercises (even though I told him no and he didn’t listen to my concerns) that aggravated my injury and now I’m back to feeling pain again in my right buttock. I’m super frustrated and need encouragement. Is there anyone out there that made a complete recovery and could go back to doing normal exercises? I practice yoga and miss doing twists and forward bends. I also miss running too. I feel I was set back a month in recovery time.



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