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Dear fellow patients,
I have had a major herniation in my lower back (L5/S1) and am only in my 30s. I understand that the herniation will never fully heal and I am aiming for keeping my herniation pain free the rest of my life. I have sciatica but it seems to be getting better.
Am I at higher risk for recurrence of pain than the average, non-herniated person? For example, other people can jump from great heights and land on flat surfaces as well as do forward bends (e.g. yoga) with a rounded, lower back without experiencing pain. Can I live such a care-free life again after my pain is gone? Or am I somehow more prone to further back pain and therefore need to limit my lifestyle?
If I need to limit my lifestyle, how much is it that I cannot do? Alpine skiing? Yoga? Carrying heavy backpacks? Standing in the kitchen with my neck (but not lower back) bent forward? Do I need to ask for help when moving anything heavier than e.g. 10 kg?
I have Googled around and cannot really find any information on risk factors for re-herniation (except for re-herniation after surgery, which is not applicable in my case).
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