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Hello everyone...my name is Nancy, I'm 47 and USED to be very active...cycling, weight lifting, and sea kayaking. I hurt my back in May of 08 while doing squats at home on my Bowflex. Doc says I have degenerative disc disease and a herniation at the L5-S1 level, accompanied by ridiculously frustrating, painful and stupid sciatic pain on the right side, clear down to my toes. After my original injury, which didn't include any nerve pain, I was able to kayak for two weeks in Alaska with my brother. My back hurt every now and then, but mostly felt fine. Lots of activity in setting up, breaking down camp, paddling, walking long distances for food (in bear lockers) and latrine ( anywhere below the high tide line!). No problems until I came home for one week and then went to Calif. to spend time with my family...I live in Georgia. After a few days of relative relaxation, my pain increased to the ridiculous point. I've had the 3 epidurals with some improvement, maybe 30% with each one, but by the time I got the next injection, all improvement was gone. So, here I am, waiting for Jan. 7, when I'll start up the epis again...2 weeks apart. I'm hopeful this will do the trick. So, after all this, my question is what have y'all found to be the most effective exercises to lessen pain? I'm tired of Lortab and I hate Lyrica, but take it anyway as it seems to help...it at least gets me through the night. Oh yeah, anyone else feel comfortable speaking about the devastating effect this has on one's sex life?


  • Good luck with the upcoming epis. I am asumming you have seen spine specialists and have had some tests preformed. Often GP's wait too long to send their patients to specialists. I would want to go to the top doctor in their fields and not take short cuts-the longer a person waits-the more chances for long term damage. Not that you could be having such happening to you-but I would want to know for sure if it was me.

  • I just finished facet joint injections and 3 epis which really helped. I have no sex life (well barely) so hubby is on his own and he doesn't want to hurt me. If it was okayed by your Dr. to do physio they would be able to help with excercies you can do at home also but run it by your Dr. first. Take care. 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
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i hope you find some comfort meeting people feeling as bad as you do. i take Lyrica as well and live with the side effects because if helps my sciatica so much. =D> my husband and i use alot of touching and kissing and hugging which is all pain free. :X the actual sex act is not so important anymore. after all sex is what you make it. please try thinking about it in a different light. :? i know husbands don't always think this way, but try this, he might like it. good luck with your pain treatments. =D> Jenny :)
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