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Herniated Disc Recovery

Anyone have tips for dealing with herniated discs? and sciatic pain that is involved with it?

Thank you!

Whatever your back specialist says. For me, it was rehab. Specific exercises and traction(hooked up to a machine that pulls you apart). I think traction is what finally did it.

I had a slipped disc and bulged one pressing against the sciatic nerve.

What did you do? I messed up doing martial arts.

I’m in the surgeon’s office right now with 2 herniated discs. I’ve tried everything over the last 6 months and have had no luck. McKenzie therapy was recommended to me by several people that had good luck with bulging discs, but in my experience if the disc is actually herniated you might as well bite the bullet. In retrospect I should have had surgery much sooner.

I messed mine up over time with squatting with a butt wink and going too low.

If you get surgery, please let me know how your symptoms are after. What kind of lifting do you usually do?

I’m “going under the knife” on Monday. I’m anxious but excited to get some relief.

Hope you got some relief. I had a microdiscectomy about 10 years ago and it went very well. I was able to return to weight training in about 6 weeks with no restrictions, including squats and deadlifts. Since then, I’ve had some aching flair up occasionally, but nothing serious.

I ended up having a Laminectomy and microdiscectomy. The sciatica pain is totally resolved. I’ve been working out with light dumbbells and machines. I should be fully released to train in 2-3 more weeks, although I won’t be back squatting or deadlifting ever again.

Chronic lower back pain and neuropathy for many decades.
Activities thru age 20’s and up. Gym, weights, running, Karate (ran several full size dojo’s also compeitition), golf (lots of compound twisting).
Eventual lower back discectomy to reduce severe nerve impingement and spinal cord compression from a ruptured disc. Still unstable. Fusion would have been better perhaps. Long recovery. Regained use of leg that was progressively weakening. Neutropathy pain, etc, still some after effects. No longer able to lift anything.

doctors: MD’s, Neurologists, spine surgeons, pain management sports MD’s (no chiropractors, only MD Specialists).
diagnostics: Xrays, MRI’s (a must to show soft tissue, nerve impingent, etc)
PT and rehab: Program by Sports and recovery MD’s.

Be careful. Suggest the best MD’s and diagnostics, MRI’s, etc, that you can get.
Work and play within the limitations of “your spine” not the limitations of others.
Look far into the future and be careful.