Deployed in Afghanistan with a herniated disc

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So I’m deployed right now, I lifted something the complete wrong way and had a terrible pain go through my lower back all the way through my left leg and it’s been that way ever since. My left glute all the way down to my foot is in pain and goes numb from time to time and tingles. My doctor said it’s either a herniated disc in my L5 to S1 or “an extreme muscle spasm” I’ve done my research online and it seems like the disc is herniated to me. The doctors is giving it a month to “heal on its own” before they send me away for an MRI, and treatment. That’s all the way in Germany though. During my checkups he seems happy that my range of motion is increasing but all of the pain and sciatica problems remain the same. Basically, my main question being: Does The improves range of motion men’s that my disc is not herniated? Any help would be great thanks.

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    I have the same herniation L5 S1 I was misdiagnosed for months as having sciatica because my doctor refused the MRI. November 2017 i got one my pain was a 15 i could not walk, take care of my son cook a meal drive him to school it was awful i had pain radiating down my leg into my foot my foot was numb and tingly my leg hurt my butt hurt so i did this....First I started receiving trigger point massage which is specific focused massage on certain areas of the body for me it was my piriformis muscle. We worked on that for months that brought huge relief it helped ease the pain I didn't have to rely on pain meds. when the muscle finally relaxed out of what felt like a constant contraction it has been better ever since. Once I had my official diagnosis of disc herniation I found a doctor in my town a few months later because the specialist wanted to do surgery but I'm only 47 years old I'm not having some quack cut me open, he was more than happy to do so.

    Dr. TURCHIN in Sebastopol California has helped me avoid surgery by doing two simple exercises every single day, not sitting, no bending twisting lifting anything. do not sit you must walk walk walk stand to eat get on your knees to brush your teeth i had too i still do, you cannot bend over. Sitting and bending over is the worst things for our backs. He said it would take a year for me to heal and recover and I would say I am 75% there because I have not been doing my exercises every single day I have been sitting more and doing things i'm not supposed to do. I have charts and diagrams he gave me I'm wondering if I can post those here for you to look at... sorry for ranting hope this helps some.

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      The charts would be amazing if you could post them, but if not it's no big deal. The information your providing me with is great and reassuring. I am only 20 Years old, and have had sciatica issues for around two years but i have never felt that i have herniated the disc until this recent event. The pain and sensations down my left leg and in my glute were excrutiating. The "doctor" here is really just trying to manage my pain, i take a muscle relaxer (methacarbomal) 500mg twice a day and he has given me two shots in the area once with a steroid and once without, he gave me a lidacain pouch today to try and ease the pain.

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    BASICALLY you want to bend your back the opposite way to push that disc back in slowly The two exercises are Sphinx and BRIDGE. let me find links to those poses. I would start with trigger point massage surely you can find someone there to work on any of the muscles that are in contraction due to your nerve root impingement that's why you have pain running down your leg into your foot get those muscles worked on stop sitting walk as much as you can and stand always never sit never and go find a dr like turchin he's like an old decrepit man like the crypt keeper but he is a miracle he's missing fingers i swear its s miracle im still here the pain was so bad I was taking 10 mg Percocets every five hours I don't take any pain meds now I weaned myself off of them. ill find links and post them asap

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    Hi, I am similar to you, i had an MRI and was followed up with physio and medication and 8 days total bed rest. This helped but two years later i still have daily pain, some good days and some bad. I manage to cycle to work and live normally. I was told to lie flat on my front for 15mins each day, which has the same effect as the person before me suggested. I also have a TENS machine which helps.

    Anti inflammatories should help you, i can't take them as i have kidney disease which is why my treatment is limited

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    No just because u move more do mean a thing I would get a mri scan asap.

    I know more about back then most doctor

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      Unfortunately they are making me wait three more weeks to see if they need to send me to germany which is where the closest MRI is located. This problem does not feel muscular at all but i will do my best to explain to the doctor so i can get the MRI

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    Hi Charles,

    Goodness so sorry to hear you've having a terrible time with your back at the moment. I do empathise having had lower back pain this last 18 months or so myself, and I've been lucky that I've still been able to do things but it's got me so down and affected me mentally and my work and everything, and I wouldn't wish lower back pain on my worst enemy.

    One thing maybe to try Charles that I found wonderful for sciatica is a natural alternative therapy called Bowen Therapy. It's very safe, non-evasive and works on fascia. It worked like a miracle for me with sciatica after trying physio, chiro, all sorts. I have been getting it for 10 years and it has made a big difference. Maybe worth seeing if there are any Bowen Therapists in your area.

    There is also a good book I've found helpful, it's called 'Back Pain Decoded' by Robert Shanks. I think you can get a black and white copy on Amazon for £20 (UK money). It is different from a lot of back books I've seen, gives details of different gadgets, alternative therapies, etc to try, explains things in quite a simple and straightforward way.

    Hoping so much that things with your back settle soon and hoping and praying for God to bring healing for you in this area - hang in there Charles I believe that better times are ahead thanks to God. Thinking about you.

    Craig

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    I was in a similar situation, bed ridden for almost a month, but took Laser therapy and became absolutely alright in 45 days. I continued the Nuga Best Massage therapy on a Roller bed for 2 months and that helped cure all, I repeat all diseases from my body.

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      Hi Brinda,

      That is really good to hear that Laser Therapy worked for you, sounds like an awful time you went through being bed ridden for almost a month, I do hope you are doing much better now and that you are feeling pain free and able to live a normal life without any pain. Back pain is so awful. The fact that the Laser Therapy worked for you definitely gives some hope that it can maybe be something worth considering for others.

      Craig

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