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I NEED HELP-19 year old male with herniated disc

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi I'm a new member and I'm looking for any advice.
Here's my story. About 6 weeks ago, I lifted someone up about 130 lbs and held them on my shoulders while on a trampoline for about 30 seconds. After putting them down about five minutes later I began experiencing pain in the lower right side of my back and extreme tightness. About 10 minutes after this I realized that when bending down to touch my toes I couldn't go passed my knees, and also my right leg was having pain/numbness. Anyway that is how I herniated my L5-S1 disc.

After this I began seeing a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. After the first week my pain in my back went down but I was still experiencing limited range of motion and numbness down my right leg. Anyway it has been 6 weeks now since this happened and I currently feel good. I no longer have any pain in my back. My symptons now are: When I wake up every morning I still have a little numbness in my leg, and limited range of motion. However after about an hour my range of motion is back and the numbness is gone. If I sit for a long period of time when I get up I have some numbness in my leg but again after about 5 minutes of walking it goes away. If i lie in the supine position when my right leg is lifted about 50 degrees I still get pain in my low right back. My MRI which i got 2 days ago confirms I do have a minor herniation in L5-S1.

Here is my dilemma I'm a very active male, a goalie in hockey , and love working out. I want to be able to play hockey again and I have been working out lightley already just no back or legs. I worked core on a ex ball for the first time in a month (my chiro told me I can't but i didn't listen) on monday, and I felt great the next day, actually since working core I feel better than I ever have. My chiropractor doesn't want me doing anything because she says I can make it worse. However I feel fine and not doing anything gets me depressed. My acupuncturist who is my uncle told me since I feel almost 100% definitely work core, do a light workout with no back or legs, and I can play hockey with a Back Stabilizing belt. I want to be 100% and feel no more symptoms.

My doctor (general doctor) about a week ago prescribed me anti-inflamtories, muscle relaxers, and lidoderm patch. I haven't taken or done anything he said because I don't feel any pain and my chiropractor said that will only take away my pain when I take it no actually make it better. She also said muscle relaxers may help or worsen the problem and they make me drowsy. Since I feel almost 100% i'd rather not take a chance at making it worse.

A lot of people have told me to take physical therapy. They said since I almost feel 100% therapy will help me get to a complete recovery.

I now do not know what to do. I want to play hockey, and workout. I feel fine get occasional numbness but no pain in my back at all. I don't want to take pain killers or muscle relaxers. And most importantly I want to feel no symptoms at all including numbness. Should I start physical therapy and drop everything else? Is it safe to play hockey? Should I work core and workout lightly, minus my back and legs? Please help me!

Thank You and sorry for this loooong post.


  • Nip it in the bud and ask your Doctor for a referral to a neurologist. Any numbness should be investigated by a specialist. I'm not sure physio helped me but I still do the core strengthening excercises at home. I hear a lot of people can have a disc herniation and not feel any or little symptoms. Even if you don't want to take meds and physio as the Doctor ordered it wouldn't hurt to a least get a second opinion from another Dr. Hope you keep us posted. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I agree with Charry. I saw a chiro in the beginning of my back problems and it actually made it worse. The thing that you really have going for you is your age. Young people heal and rebound so much easier than older people. Statistics are that most back pain will resolve itself within 6 months. I really do think that you need to see a specialist to get the answers to your questions. It would not be good if you are doing something unknowingly that may make things worse. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
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