(Closed) Herniated Disk

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We found out 6 months ago that my Fiance had three herniated discs in his lower back which was causing him some light to moderate back pain. Whenever he would play sports or do anything strenuous his back would start to ache. In November, my Fiance was trying to catch one of our cats to take her to the vet. While he was on all fours and reaching uner the bed, he jerked back quickly as the cat swiped at him and within the hour his right leg went numb. Of course this happened around Thanksgiving and trying to get in to see a specialist in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is almost impossible. When we were finally referred to a orthopedic surgeon the first week of December- the doc insited my Fiance have spine surgery the same week. We were both apprehesnive on the idea but quickly learned that the disc had popped so far out of his spine that it was compressing on the nerve. He checked into the hospital at 6 a.m. and was out by Noon. The staples were taken out 3 weeks later and he was better than normal one month later.  

 

I have no idea how bad your Fiance discs are or what type of pain he may be experianceing but I would suggest taking it easy on the sports and weight lifting until the docotr gives the all clear sign. All it takes is one slip up and that little disc will shoot out some nasty pain. 

Post # 5
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82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

A lot of time the disc will heal on it’s own! Unfortunatley we had really bad timing. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had one about 5 years ago, I hurt it while at work.  It bothered me for about 4 weeks before I went to a DR, got an MRI and was diagnosed.  Since mine was not too severe he encouraged me to keep working out, resume normal activities as tolerated but modified things like no heavy lifting, etc.  He referred me to physical therapy I think for 6 weeks and than I continued the excercises at home.  After that point he told me I could go back to running/working out and if my back bothered me to ice or use heat on it.  

Mine healed on my own so as long as your FIs isn’t too bad he should get better with time!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have one slip disc and one herniated it causes pain majority of time. I have arthritis in my back which makes the pain worse due to a car accident 20 years ago.  It is the main reason I will be retiring when my Fiance comes home because there is not cure for it at this point. I just swim as a form of exercise and it takes the stress of the bones my back feels better when I swim in warm water.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

OK, mine is not typical, but here it goes.  

Mine happened in 2009, I was working on chem homework on my laptop and decided to take a break.  I leaned over to put my computer down, and I felt a pop in my back, didn’t think much of it until a few hours later I woke up in the most intense pain I’ve ever felt.  It honestly felt like two discs touching/rubbing.  

I was home alone, couldn’t move- no getting dressed, going to the washroom, or eating for around 7 hours when my Fiance came home and took me to the walk-in.  The MD determined that it was a herniated disc in likely the L5/L6 region, possibly even sacral. He suggested taking vallium and naproxen, and laying on my back for 8 weeks, and it should be fine.  I asked about physio, chiro, massage, he said there was no point.  

So for 8 LONG weeks I stayed at home in bed, I could barely walk or sit, it was awful.  

Fast forward to when I return to school in September, the pain still hasn’t gone away. I’m losing feeling and control of my legs, my back won’t stop hurting. I go to the clinic on campus and was told that the first MD gave very out-dated advice, and that to get better I’d need physio and massage.  

The physiotherapist said in 2011 that the disc had been out of place for so long, it likely won’t go back in place on its own.  She was certain that I will likely need surgery in the future. 

Here we are in 2013, and I still have chronic back pain.  it never goes away, my hips always hurt, and I can’t really like more than 25 pounds without risking the disc pushing further out.  

Long story short, I should have listened to my gut and gone earlier for physio and massage.

I hope your Fiance doesn’t have pain thats unmanageable, and he can get ti fixed asap!   

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