Ive read so many stories now about people and their pain. And I now am able to empathise.
I am not looking for a fix, just peoples views. I herniated my L5/S1 in Dec 2011, its now July and my pain remains due to me not taking the required time to rest and recover (i continued to work on and off). The herniation I believe was caused due to years of bad posture, working a desk job (past 9 years) and possibly some bad form in the gym. I had a bad habit of standing in the bathroom mirror for hours also cutting my hair and grooming! Sounds silly, but doing this for sure took its toll
on my L5/S1 area.
Anyhow. I am 27 years of age, male, current weight is 74kg. Very low body fat. After extensive research I believe I have anterior pelvic tilt, tight hams and weak abs. I now do core exercises and stretches which really help out.
When my disc first went, i was in agony. Could not walk at all, saw a Chiro (in the UK (I was on vacation at the time)) whom adised to rest for a few days and then keep active. I did this and found improvements day by day. After 3 weeks of rest I returned to work (desk job in saudi arabia). After a week of work I was off again due to further pain.
This leads me to where I am now. I find it difficult/uncomfortable to work as sitting puts a lot of pressure on my L5/S1. Its
difficult to stand for long periods without discomfort unless i keep my core firm. My main concern is my disc doesnt seem to be recovering while I am at work. I can work for a few days, then all weekend I spend my time recovering for the next weeks work. Ive told work I cannot continue like this and am off again resting (pain will deminish fully while off).
IVe seen 4 different doctors. Had an MRI and many X rays. All doctors say my herniation is mild. It will recover with time. But I am not so sure. I am extremely cautious but still in mild pain (whilst doing this on and off work routine). If I take time off the pain pretty much vanishes but I still am on edge it will return naturally, my brain is trained now to be cautious and all sports and weight training i stopped. For sure if I spent a day sitting down on and off pain would return. I can honestly say I do everything in my power to avoid symptoms coming back while off work.
Ive done everything except for surgery. Surgery for me I will not have until i have tried extended rest with core muscle balancing. Call me foolish, but I am not willing to take the risks at this stage (pain IMO isnt bad enough).
Anyhow. I am interested to know peoples throughts on my case. Is it known extended rest can help? As said I am willing to take as long as I need off for my disc to somewhat return into poition. If this does happen. Will it always be a weak point, from experience could I ever work a desk job again without the pains I have now?
Im sorry to waffle! I have a habit of going into far too much detail. I feel because at the start of my injury I wa inexperienced, I may have turned a minor herniation into something more severe.