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l5/s1 prolapse, 2 years of pain now

mrjlimmrjli Posts: 2
l5/s1 prolapse

ct lumbar spine

"broad based disc protrusion posterolaterally on the right side is again noted causing mild displacement of the main thecal sac and exiting L5 nerve root causes some narrorwing of the exit foraminae at that level, as well as displacing the S1 nerve root in the superior aspect of the lateral recess in the articular area. "

I've had sciatica for 2 years now, tried physiotherapy, dry needling, core exercises, etc. Still no hope of recovering, have recently stopped gym entirely hoping to recover.
Any advice appreciated, cheers.

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  • I don't have much advice. Even though you've stopped working out at the gym, you can still walk or do some kind of gentle stretches/movement to stay conditioned.

    I was a member of 2 gyms. One of them was near my work (convenient), but I dropped it out of frustration with my condition. The other gym, I go to on Saturdays with my family. I get in a funk and don't want to do anything, but I usually feel better after a walk or some non-weighted movement. It's difficult. I think I'm scared of weights. But I've heard a lot of people say it's good to keep moving.
  • mrjlimmrjli Posts: 2
    edited 09/11/2015 - 1:31 PM
    I get nerve pain walking with correct posture. The pain is bearable but really annoying how it hasn't improved over the past year. Not sure if its just nerve damage due to the long term compression. CT scan was done few months ago still showing disc protrusion.
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  • I've had a similar condition for a while now (on/off for about 18 months, solid since February). Like you I went along with all of those treatments...
    have you tried a selective nerve root block? This has relieved a lot of my pain, although the right leg/foot goes numb and weak every now and again. I have recently taken up swimming. Back stroke is great for me, but anything that exercises your muscles in the water will do. There are loads of drills you can work through and you don't put any pressure on your joints.
    I will still require surgery at some point in the not too distant future, but it's about relieving the pain and getting fit again, isn't it?
    Osteochondrosis S1
    Herniation L4/5, L5/S1
    Lumbar straightening
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