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Very confused by comments on disk herniations

      I seriously injured my back seven years ago while working on my land and herniated 2 disk in my lower back which also gave me crippling sciatica and eventual arthritis from the wear on my back. It was made clear that my situation was a bit complicated due to previous herniations that I felt only as strong pain in the past and that had sealed off on their own as crushed as they looked on the MRI. I was told with my last herniated disk episode that these last two disk under them were compensating for the others as spilled out as they were. I am very confused by many comments on this forum that give the suggestion that this eventually goes away, which is not even remotely true in my case. The only thing my numerous PT specialist, pain doctors, and neurosurgeons have helped me do is to learn to work around the pain or avoid it through movement training and exercises. I now have a forty-year-old nephew who had almost the same injury and previous disk situation compounded with arthritis in his back and everyone is telling him that it will be healed up in a few months. 

           Does anyone here have a fixed answer for how newly herniated disk holding up a stack of previously undetected herniated disk keep the lower pieces from healing properly. The first set which I only felt as deep back pain and perhaps spasms with off and on back pain episodes, never led to sciatica or radiculopathy and the last two did. My doctors of years ago were never able to give a straight answer. My nephew is a fine police officer and after only half a year his doctors are giving him the impression that he should have been healed by now and able to go away back to at least sitting on a desk at work sciatica and all. He keeps calling me for questions due to our similar injuries and I simply don't have all the answers and apparently neither do his work doctors.

Has anyone here had a similar situation with previously undetected damaged disk and the few on the bottom finally giving out? In the time it took me to type this up my back has already given out and I need to get back up from my 'back comfort' chair with my right leg numbing away. It has been seven years and still going, I have learned to live with it but still very upset that doctors aren't more straightforward with my nephew knowing about what he is going through.  

       Any help will be greatly appreciated


  • catapamcatapam AustriaPosts: 157
    A herniated disk will irritate the nerve and cause pain. In my case I had a herniated disk at 25 with pain on my left leg, weakening also the leg muscles. I was advise for surgery but I refused. Until 37 I had huge problems with my back and finally I did surgery. Herniated disk was removed giving me an impressive relief making life good again. Now I have 53 and latest MRI shows 2 additional disks with problems. 
    My impresion is that you would never be fully healed from back problems regardless the approach.
    Maybe desk work is better then field work but in long run sitting too much time at the desk will cause problems.
    At least in my case I had an work that requested a lot of walking but this was very difficult while in pain that why moving to desk work was a better solution.
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