I've recently been going to a physical therapist, since nothing else seems to been working. Although I had physical therapy after my first laminectomy, I didn't want to go again after my recent surgery (L5-S1 laminectomy a second time)- since I'm already familiar with (and have been doing) all the exercises.
I've been doing the regular P.T. exercises that help push a disc back in place (arching my back while lying down). However, online I found nerve stretching exercises that I thought I would also try. So I did... from June until now... everyday - not one day missed. My nerve pain is still severe. So my new physical therapist has mentioned stopping the nerve stretching exercises altogether, since they could actually be irritating the affected nerve when they are pulled/stretched.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? It makes sense to me, but from what I understood, the nerve pulling/stretching exercises were supposed to help, not hurt your nerve. So, now I've eliminated them and am only doing the arching exercise for the next week. My p.t. wants to see if the stretching was actually causing my nerve to be worse than as if I had never done it.
All comments very welcome - just looking for some hope, like everyone else here.