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Advice please - when will get up off the floor!

I have been so relieved to have found this forum - thank you to all that make this happen - I feel a lot less alone.

I am seeing a specialist spine surgeon next week and have a diffierential diagnosis of a herniated disc at L5S1 by my GP and the emergency doctor I saw in hospital early this week when the pain meds weren't working. (30 year history of lumbar pain that I've deal well with yoga, osteopathy, good health management etc ) I've been in severe and debilatating pain for almost two weeks - can't sit, drive, work or walk for more than a couple of minutes. I'm on copious amounts of pain medication (wasn't keen but eventually didn't care - anything to minimise this pain!). I'm not fainthearted! I've dealt with pain before, I'm a hardworking midwife, I've raised two kids alone, I'm small and strong and I've met quite a few of life's challenges head on..but this has me on my knees (well my back!).. Its only my friends and family keeping me sane....a huge blessing.

My question is this - all reading I've done talks about exercise and keeping mobile as quickly as possible following disc herniation - the acute stage lasting 'a few days'.....I am literally still on the floor - there has been no improvement and its almost two weeks! When I have good pain cover I try and do a little housework, moving around, walking to the gate etc.....the pain returns and In back on the floor. I hear so many variations on how long this acute phase lasts.....
I would like to hear other peoples experiences of how long this went on for and when you were able to start any kind of exercise or therapy.

I am longing for some clarity after seeing a spec next week - am interested to know people's experience with injections given for this condition also. Its just one step at a time I guess..........I

Thank you for this site and the honesty and courage of everyone here. Kia Kaha ('stay strong; in Maori) and hi from New Zealand :)
Lee Turner


  • KeytanKeytan Posts: 41
    edited 07/02/2013 - 6:41 PM
  • did you get an MRI? Because this is really the only way to know what the best course of treatment is for you. I recently had a herniated disc act up again that I thought I had resolved a couple of years ago but this time the MRI showed that a Microdisectomy was the only option, I am actually three days post op and I feel better than I have in months.

    And, to be candid, your level of pain sounds way worse than where I was post-op. After my first herniation I was in pain for a few days but I could walk and I rarely took the pain medication I was prescribed. Afert this final flair up a few months ago I was taking a lot of pain killers, which told me something was not right;-)

    Also, in terms of choice of doctor you said you are going to a spine specialist, but I ultimately had my surgery done by a neurosurgeon, who was phenomenal. I would just suggest that you do some research on docs because it can make a big difference in your recovery. Good luck!
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