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I want to be able to sit without pain!

I ruptured L5-S1 March 2014, and haven't been able to sit for more than a few minutes without getting fidgety, restless, uncomfortable, or excruciating pain since.  I've had discectomy; re-herniated.  I am considering the recommendations for fusion or artificial disc replacement....but as I read on this forum, I wonder if there is any procedure that can give you that comfort level back, where you can sit without pain?  


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    I had lumbar fusion surgery and I can now sit comfortably pain free.  The recovery took a longgggg time... but I'm now pretty close to normal again.   Sometimes now days if I ride in the car for more than hour I get fidgety but I think that is mostly in my head... not so much my back.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Fusion has the added benefit over just the discectomy of helping prevent the re-herniation.  Harry has a lot of experience with lumbar that I don't have, but I have had fusion with success. 


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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  • Sitting is still difficult for me (L4-S1 in January), as is driving or standing in one place for long.  Ten minutes max, and it starts to ache.  My physical therapist hopes that with continued exercise, those symptoms will begin to resolve.  I hope so!
    Are you involved in physical therapy?
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 449
    I see a physiotherapist about once a month, just can't swing it financially to go more often, and I usually get 'a little' relief for a couple of days when I do, but nothing lasting.  I continue with aquacise 3x weekly and walking 2 miles at a time several days a week.  I am grateful that I can do that, even with the re-herniation not dealt with at this point.  But the sitting is torture, and you just don't realize how many things require sitting for more than a couple of minutes at a time until you're dealing with a bad back!  Lying down brings relief, but really only as long as I'm laying down, and not at all conducive to living life.

  • Smartens did you start off walking that distance or slowly build up? I tried to start walking small distances but it worsened.
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  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 449
    I walked prior to injury almost every day.  Then the ruptured disc happened, and I was unable to walk even down my driveway until I had discectomy surgery 9 months later. I know what you're talking about.  It was recommended for recovery/rehab post-surgery, and I slowly worked my way back up to 2 miles over time.  I have re-herniated, but this time my pain is not as severe, and I am still able to walk.  I am starting to get some discomfort with it, so I do fear what lies ahead, but for now I'm staying as active as I can.
  • But the sitting is torture, and you just don't realize how many things require sitting for more than a couple of minutes at a time until you're dealing with a bad back!  

    SO true! 

    Joyful--have you spoken to your doctor about the fact that walking causes an increase in your pain?
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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