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Today is my 6th week

f4tune81ff4tune81 Posts: 54
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in New Member Introductions
Age 51, 6 weeks of pain from my prearticular L5S1 herniation on right. Have a great team of docs assembled and am improving, but still cannot walk more than 10 yards comfortably or stand more than about 2 or 3 minutes before have to sit. Blessed with relief in lying down position (often use the floor!) and usually better with sitting. This forum looks outstanding and I'm looking forward to reading about the experiences of others.


  • Welcome to spine Health! :H
    This is a great place to learn about spinal problems and meet friendly people who care and understand what you are going through.

    I also had problems standing and walking very far, but lying down on the floor gave relief. I was often to be found lying on the floor!

    Eventually I gave in and went to see a spinal surgeon. My MRI showed that I had severe stenosis and a spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra). He said if I didn't have surgery, I would end up in a wheelchair. I had surgery within about 3 weeks!!!

    I am feeling so much better now, although I do still have some pains and nerve symptoms.

    What do your doctors say?

  • Still suggesting waiting, another 6 weeks, then decide about surgery. I think a minimally invasive surgery might suit this, and hopefully that won't be necessary.
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  • Good news, my herniated disc responded to (1) more time and (3) my 3rd epidural block, and (3) Upward facing dog / modified position. Especially I am enthused about #3. In any event, I have gotten significantly better and am able to stand slightly longer, not yet able to walk for pleasure and certainly not run or do any overhead lifting exercises. Still limiting myself to deloading exercises (assisted chins, assisted dips), stretching, and lots of sitting and lying down.

    I hope all of you are doing well and at least seeing some improvement. I don't know if I will get better or worse but am trying hard to at least keep even for now. Signing off
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. that is good news that you are feeling better... stay with your program if it is working for you! good luck! Jenny :)
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