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Following my diagnosis of a bulging disc and a waiting list of 16 weeks for Physio (because I am not urgent!) I decided to take things into my own hands and went to see an osteopath. He said that the bulging disc is the least of my worries as the L5 disc has bulged but all around my pelvis and lower back is inflamed which is giving me the pain in my right hip. So he has done some manipulation with lots of cracking and it really helped for a couple of weeks. He gave me some exercises to do which is really helping to and when I went back he said that things had improved slightly.
However I am a bit puzzled as he doesn't seem to listen to the fact the sensations in my leg are still bad and the cold/numb feeling in my foot is bad. I think that the exercises and manipulation are helping the muscles and bones in my lower back but aggrivating the bulging disc. I cannot seem to have improvement in both at once.
Exercise helps the pain but aggrivates the disc - which must be pressing on a nerve as my leg feels so weird. Also he says that I should avoid surgery at all cost - which is conflicting to the stuff I read on the forum.
I am totally confused???!!! so anything anyone could add would be much appreciated.
Do I just keep visiting the Osteopath every couple of weeks for the rest of my life at £37 a time?
Many thanks for anything you can add
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