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I would just like to share my success story in overcoming this terrible condition. I've got 3 herniated disc, 2 in the neck and one at the bottom...L5 I think. I got diagnosed sometime in October 2014. The pain was unbearable and I can definitely relate what you all are going through. I could not even turn a certain position when I sleep because the pain would wake me up. Even at work, being on my laptop for a few minutes would be terrible. I was depressed for a while and reading forums in relations to this made me even more depressed when I read some of the horror stories you guys go through. I truly sympathize with you all and nobody really knows what we go through. That is why I was encouraged to write this as I hope it would encourage others to not give up.
When I was diagnosed with this horrible condition, my doctor encouraged me to do a minimal invasive surgery and assured me that the pain would get better. I humbly declined as I've done some research myself and noticed that surgery should be your last option. based on my research, I've noticed that nearly 90% of people with these conditions heal and all we got to do is follow some strict guidelines for recovery. So, the following is what I did as I had nothing to lose:
1) I've changed the ways I worked in the office as well as my sitting positions. My work and home was in an ergonomic mode. It was definitely not easy in the beginning but I've managed to discipline myself to follow these guidelines as recovery was my number 1 priority. My wife says I am the most discipline person she ever knows
2) I started swimming regularly, I started with 5 laps in the beginning (freestyle) and now swim 25 laps, 5 times a week
3) I've looked at some videos on Pilates that strengthens the back and neck. I've consulted my chiropractor on the moves for this just to make certain it was safe and he gave me the go ahead. I spend about 20 min stretching 3 times a day. Even at work, I make certain I do not miss it. The reason I do this is because I've read that in order for you spine to heal, it needs oxygen. And the only way oxygen gets to your spine is through your muscles. Therefore, stretching was essential to my recovery
4) on the days I don't swim, I walk at least 3km.
5) it's very important to keep your weight down. Ive lost 6 kg ever since and managed to maintain it
6) I applied ice daily at least twice a day. It helps in terms of blood circulation.
It's been 3 months now and truthfully, touch wood, I'm pain free. I do get some minor pains occasionally but nothing serious and not that often these days. The reason I'm writing this is just to encourage you that there is hope for us who are diagnosed with these conditions. I'm living proof of this and one of my strongest recovery methods was my determination. I never gave in to this and even told my doctor that I would recover from this and I did. I don't really know if what I've given you above could help some of you but surgery should be your last option. I sincerely wish it does and that's why I am so glad to share my success story to all of you as an encouragement. I hope this helps
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