I have a prolapsed disc at L5 S1 diagnosed last year but the surgeon in the city I lived in then said surgery was not needed. Now it is worse and weights and especially cardio are out. The new surgeon says I need this disc removed. I have been reading it can solve the problem as he says, or it can get worse, I am scared of losing 30lbs of muscle and getting fat from now on. He was referred as the best neurosurgeon in the city. Any advice books to read etc is greatly appreciated I have limited net time to search
Hay man sorry to hear about your back. im no expert but from everything that ive read and heard from people in the know surgery is recomended way way way to much. i really think that you should get in contact with someone who really knows about this beond textbook level, people like Dr Eric Serrano are the ones you should get advice from, he has talked about a surgeon named Lisa Lowrey i think, who is thought of very very heighly, and she rarely operates. it might be hard to get to people like Serrano, Poliquin, King, and others and they are expensive, but i think they or their staff could put you through to the right person. id rather spend money and go to alot of trouble to get it right the first time round. i would defernatly get in touch with eric seranno or lisa lowrey or someone close to them to start with.
I ruptured the exact same disc (L5-S1). Just get used to leg extensions, leg curls, and seated calf raises as your only leg exercises. You’ll probably be able to do stairmaster or cycle but treadmills are history. You might ask your Orthopedist whether Epidural shots are an option. Its kept me out of the surgery room.
I would recommend methoxy during the recovery period if you do have surgery. But heavy lifting is out. From now on, any lift that push down your spine will have to he low weight/high reps. Even Shoulder press.
The back is not my area of expertise, but from what I do know, I’d try every conservative approach possible before submitting to surgery. I recall seeing a book on an Australian self-treatment technique that–so the book claims–has helped people avoid surgery in cases where surgery was supposedly necessary. (I probably should have bought the book right then and there.) I’m pretty sure this is the book (Treat Your Own Back): http://www.backbenimble.com/ new/pages/bookback/
Basically, if I remember my McKenzie stuff correctly (and yes, McKenzie is a respected name among physical therapists, not some crank), you use extension exercises to create a slight vacuum in the disc that pulls the nucleus propulsus back to the center of the disc. A similar technique involves rotation of the spine but I can’t recall the physical therapy guru who teaches this approach. (He’s Scandanavian–Norwegian?–and based in San Diego, last I heard.) There is also a table called a D-Vax or something similar that attempts to accomplish something similar. (Sorry I’m not more specific by I work primarily in a hospital setting.)
Aside from the expense and inconvenience of surgery, there is the risk. Aside from the risk of any intrusive treatment like surgery (infection, anaesthesia, clotting problems, etc.), there is the problem of the *extra* trauma induced by surgery and the fact that a significant number of back surgeries are unsuccesful.
BOTTOM LINE: Go find the absolute best rehabilitative back specialists you can find (and I do recommend serveral because there are several schools of thought on treating the back–Australian, Norwegian?/Scandanavian, and even, I believe, a Canadian school of thought emerging) and get their input and perhaps try their treatments for a few months if you can afford the time and expense. You might need longer to get pain-free with these techniques, but in general it is better to let the body heal itself as naturally as possible, especially when the alternative is something as intrusive as surgery.
Also do a search on “treat your own back”. Here’s another site: www.spineinstitute.com.au/ booklets/McKenzie/tyob.htm