Best long term management of herniated discs -- without surgery and meds

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L4-5 and L1-2
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
New to this site, but have suffered from a couple of herniated discs (large L4-5 & mild L1-2) plus a bone spur (C5-6) for the better part of 5 years.  Have tried physical therapy, stretching, etc.   Also tried traction (definitely liked that).  I'm trying to stop using meds as the long term ramifications are not good, so looking to see if anyone has successfully managed the pain through PT and traction and maintained an active lifestyle.  Net, net -- looking to pick up some tips from anyone that's been there and done that including things to do and NOT to do.
Thanks :-)

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   Posted 5/6/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, L4-5 and welcome.

I think if you read through many of the threads here you'll find many of us have tried a variety of measures - everything from physical therapy to acupuncture to medications to surgery - and responses are all individual. Much depends on how serious your symptoms are. Certainly if you can manage them with physical therapy, traction, etc. that's preferable, but often as we age things may slowly worsen as degenerative disk disease worses, etc. I don't know what you mean by an active lifestyle. I and many of us here have had to curtail most physical activities, or else risk pain and possibly further injury. None of us wants to be on the medications, but we've mostly had to accept that they've been the only way we can live any kind of life at all - and that may be minimal even with meds. I've had one fusion surgery that has not worked, and I'm looking to increase medicaitons because I've finally realized there's nothing else to try.

If you definitely liked the traction maybe you need to continue with it. I think a lot of people manage conditions for years with those modalities, but they may not be posting to this board because they manage their pain (or don't have much). For many years I managed disk problems in my neck through physical therapy, stretching, good ergonomics, etc., and then I took a bad fall which resulted in a mess to my lower spine. So it depends on many factors. What do your doctors tell you?


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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 5/8/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I find reflexology really REALLY REALL HELPS, as does Massge Therapy..
as for Meds-- I dont like them either my body says a very loud NO when I take them... so I use them sparingly

PT- doing some light stetches, and trying to build up some core strength- but i find PT actually casues falres for me...
so daily lviing alone / walking/ seems to be enough
swimming is also good.... low ijmpact..

best Wishes.....
may be we can brain storm togehter and find some good life long solutions... LIVING WELL Solutions
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their Strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall run & not grow weary, they shall walk & not faint..."  Ish   40 v. 31 
Sjrogrens Syndrome, Asthema, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Head aches, Migraines, Gastro Intestinal ProblesmFibro Myalgia , Kidney Stones, Esophegial Spasms,(SI joint,   low mechanical back pain..L4 & L5 Vertebrae Misaligned,  Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease, Bulging Disc, anterolisthesis L4 L5L4 -- S1 pain  caused by osteoarthristis ,bone spurs, causing pinching or pressure on spinal chord 

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a discectomy L4 and L5 on May 5th. so far so good, the leg pain is gone. Of course I'm very sore in my lower back, but I know that's going to take time to heal. I'm praying that the sciatic pain will never show it's ugly head again. I always said I'd never have back surgery, but the leg pain was unbearable and I was at the end of my rope. I was in tears every morning just praying that God would help me to be able to touch the floor with my feet to get up. That's when you know your ready for surgery.

I'm trusting and believing God for my healing.


Mercyme :)
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