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I'm hoping people who've been through this before might be able to help? Some context:
I hurt my back in April/May 2012 and began to get Sciatica that Summer. Fast forward nearly two years later and I've just this morning postponed a Microdiscectomy. In August 2013 I hit the floor literally, the disc just had enough and I couldn't do anything - at the end of Sept I saw a spinal surgeon who put me on the list for the op after MRI. In the meantime I've been on Gabapentin (1800mg a day) and rested completey. I got a call 3 weeks back giving me an op date for next Monday. I'd already started to come off the Gaba (couldn't take the side effects anymore) and continued to decrease the dosage up until I stopped them around ten days ago. Since then my Sciatica hasn't returned in any kind of severity as before, which I thought must be the Gabapentin still in my system but apparently no!
Obviously there's a massive sense of relief but trepidation too. My muscles are weak and tight, and I know it's going to take time to give myself the best chance of avoiding a repeat in the future but I need to know the best way to do that.
They now don't want me to have the operation and I'm now so happy there was a long delay between getting on the waiting list and to being scheduled for the op. Obviously I feel like a ticking time bomb I'd like some advice on the following if anyone can help:
- What type of exercises do people do to manage symptoms on a daily basis?
- Anyone tried Pilates?
- Any supplements, alternative medication people swear by?
- How long before you returned to sport - properly?
- Does anyone have a similar story?
Thanks so much for any help and if anyone wants to ask me anything about my experience, feel free!
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