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Intro:28 yr old male, L4/L5 paracentral disc herniation. Central Canal Stenosis
It's a relief to know there is a forum where we can discuss common issues. I'm a 28 year old male who's been dealing with sciatica for 5 months now. In the past, i would workout daily (lift weights, 30 min cardio, mostly treadmill/elliptical) and ignored my initial lower back pain. To make matters worse, i continued doing exercises and stretches that I now know were counterproductive. It wasn't until the pain became unbearable that i met with my primary care physician. Sh prescribed anti-inflammatory's and muscle relaxers along with a recommendation for physical therapy. In the meantime, i gained about 15 pounds (due to the fact that I stopped working out and ate more).
The pain became so unbearable that I couldn't sit down at work for more than 10 minutes without feeling excruciating pain in my lower back running down my left leg. Sitting up in a char was an issue and waking up after sleeping was an issue as well. After consulting an orthopedist and receiving a MRI, i was told that i have a central/left paracentral disc herniation, protucsion type, which causes mild to moderate central canal stenosis (no neural stenosis). Luckily after a month, the pain has subsided (no longer running down my leg) and as long as i stretch for 15 minutes every morning and 15 minutes before i go to sleep, i will have minimal pain in my lower back. Because of this, the orthopedist said i will not require surgery or an injection.
My question is, will I ever get to a point where the pain is completely eliminated? I still cannot do much cardio without it flaring up. Does that ever end? I'm trying to lose weight; however, it appears that the only way is dieting because the treadmill/elliptical still cause a flare up. I'm eager to know what exercises people do for weight loss and to build muscle. I restrict myself to push-ups/dips/crunches out of fear that any weight lifting will cause a flare up. Thanks for reading and I appreciate any suggestions!