I've been reading this forum since my initial injury in May 2014. The tips I found here helped in my recovery. In December 2014 I picked something up and my disc (L4L5) herniated again. Things started to get really bad the last week of January 2015. My left sciatic nerve hurts so much that I can't walk without a limp. Source of pain is my L4L5 area and now the pain is spreading to both hips. The hip, sciatic nerve, and lower back pain makes walking near impossible until I take meds. I have visited many doctors and have been given different meds and suggestions each time. Tramadol is something I'm allergic to and I found out the hard way. Currently on an anti inflammatory, steroid, gabapentin, and flexeril. They help but I can't stand the mental fog. Two days ago I went to the ER because the pain was hitting a 9/10. They gave me percocets and sent me home. The percocet helped me to walk around again but its a horrible long term solution.
Personally I don't want shots or surgery. I might change my mind about the shots. Below are some questions I have. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Can I stretch even if it hurts? My hamstrings have tightened up beyond belief.
Can I walk at the gym as exercise?
How should I stand, sit, or sleep? waking up and getting out of bed is a chore.
Should I rest more or be active more?
Rebounder or Swiss ball okay to use?
Can I push myself through the pain? Doing normal activities hurt me.
What do I absolutely need to avoid doing?
I'll be starting a PT program soon, and I have a spine specialist that I consult with at the xxxx Clinic . Doctors don't always have the right answers as I am finding out. I am using this forum as a second opinion from people that have "been there, done that". I'm too young to be in this much pain and I know there must be a way to beat this without a knife, needle, or drugs.
I'm focused and ready to beat this without surgery. I'm 35 with my first child on the way, and I will not allow this to prevent me from being an active father. I just don't want to damage my back more by trying to muscle through this.