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