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L5 S1 disc herniation help ..duplicate post please follow link

NeedingadviceNNeedingadvice Posts: 29
edited 04/23/2014 - 8:13 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone,
I'm new to this chat. Looking for a little insight. I have had a large l5-s1 disc protrusion for about 6 weeks now and feel like I am failing as a mom. I am in excruciating pain, I can't even be left home alone with my one and a half year old due to the fact that I am pretty much confined to the floor laying on my back. It's so terrible. I am a teacher and am off work and have been the whole time. Here are my questions:

I have terrible sciatic pain that shoots all the way down to my ankle. When will this go away?! The more I research (on google of course) it says that in most cases the pain subsides within 6 weeks. I don't even feel 1% better than I did 6 weeks ago. How long did it take you to have a decrease in pain?

I am trying physiotherapy but can't do any of the exercises due to sharp shooting pain. I have been told
To wait and see. I am just wondering if anyone can give me
Some personal experiences with the same thing.


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  • I have 2 herniations. L2/L3 and L4/L5. I had such excrutiating pain in my femur and groin area my husband took me to the ER because I couldn't even take 2 steps. I also had pain into shin and top of foot. That was Jan. 31. I'm now so much better- combination of meds, PT, rest exercise.
  • Thank you for your reply! I have physio appointments but everyone who seems me said I can't do much in the way of exercises due to my sharp shooting pain. I feel like I am being bounced around but not getting any "real" treatment. They all say it's a waiting game, I understand the inflammation has to lessen but i hate waiting and doing nothing. I would rather be exercising and helping myself get better.
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