Greetings all (I hope people actually post?),
*Let me preface this by saying I am going to do my best to make this short! The next paragraph is the very short version, which is followed by the much longer version. Thank you all sooo much for any feedback you are willing to give!
I have a bulged/herniated disc in my lumbar and I am experiencing sciatica in one limb. I want to have some feedback regarding; 1. Rehab/Prehab ideas 2. Timeframe for recovery (when I will be able to do the things I was doing, like running, squatting, deadlifting, and hitting polynesians with my shoulders) 3. Treatment procedures 4. Other people's past experiences with simialar issues. Thanks and here is the story for anyone that gives a shit.
My name is Kanoa and I am a 26yo Rugby player (no not a social player, but a very competitive and accomplished athlete), westsider (follow all of their methods minus 'gear') and avid crossfitter. I believe that I herniated a disc in my L5-S1 on June 11, 2011 (exactly 4 weeks ago from this post...shit it seems my problems started ages ago, and in many ways they did!). Since then I have experienced my share fair of pain and still I have varying sciatica symptoms that are constant.
I have been dealing with lower back issues for the last 6-8 years as a result of a high volume of very high impact activities including Football, Rugby and heavy weight training (surely with some VERY suspect form!).
I have been living on the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga since January and I have been working like crazy (as a strength coach for schools and elite Rugby teams), playing Rugby, and training my body. This all sounds good, but I have surely been overtrained due to my high workload coupled with my lack of sleep and lack of proper nutrition. This I feel has been the main culprit to my current state of health.
I go back to the states in about one month (September 2011) and plan on getting a proper scan. In the interim I have had my physio friends give me advice through the net and I have read as much as I can on the topic (the forums on this site have helped a lot!). Ifirst gave myself 1 week of nothing but laying on the floor and doing Mckenzie protocol exercises. I have worked myself up to the point of doing 2xweek lower body bodyweight exercise days where I focus on gluteal firing and core strength/stabilization and 2xweek of upper body bodyweight exercise days where I focus on upper body strength an core strength/stabilization. I also try to swim in the ocean everyday (doesnt always happen) and stretch, although I have been pooping out on that as of late.
Things ahve gotten a lot better, but I am still unable to run and/or do any weight training. Everytime I push myself a bit my leg starts going very numb...and to be frank, this scares me. What I am most worried about is my future in Rugby and weight training. I have a very small contract to play Rugby for a team in Chicago starting in Jan of 2012 and then in MAy 2012 a slightly morelucrative contract to play in NEw Zealand. I know I have SOME time, but I need to make sure I can run, get strong/fit, etc.
I feel like I am rambling and that means I probably am. I guess I am curious to know of ways to get myself right so that I can; 1. get rid of my sciatica, 2. run, 3. lift weights, 4. stop getting fat!