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Should I walk even when it's excruciating?

I have an 8mm l5-s1 disc protrusion. Neurologist said I can have surgery or wait. It's been 9 weeks and I have had no significant improvement. I understand that being active to a certain extent is helpful for the healing of back pain. I read that walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do. My question is do I walk and push through the excruciating pain in my butt and leg (down to my ankle) or is that a sign that I should not be walking. I do not walk far distances mainly around the block or the mailbox and back etc.

Also how can I relieve the muscles in my butt hamstring and leg to get some sciatica relief? I have just started around of Pt and have some stretches but still most stretches and exercises make my glutes and leg hurt.

Any advice is helpful, thank you


  • Lmr106LLmr106 Posts: 117
    edited 05/18/2014 - 4:02 PM
    I've also heard that walking is great for people that suffer from chronic pain, but I would talk to your neurologist to be sure. Every case is so different, it might not be best for you to be walking.
    A stretch that helps me is when I lay flat on my back, and lift my leg straight up and back, towards my face. I grab my leg around the knee, and I've found that the higher up I go on the leg with my hands to do the stretch, the more my buttock stretches. But again, I would check with who does your PT.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
  • Thank you for your replies. I feel like I have sharp pain in by back, but my more excruciating pain is in my glutes and hamstring. When I walk I feel like my left leg just wants to run because it is free of pain, but my right leg is stuck. And any step I take stretches my glutes and hamstring and it literally feels like it's ripping, even though jts not. The fact that this is 9 weeks without significant improvement must show I am headed for surgery.
    Did you have this terrible glute and hamstring pain? Did it stop and if so when.
    Thank you :)
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  • When they say stay active, does that mean going to work? I teach grade one and I don't feel like there is Any way I can stand on my feet all day! I terribly miss my job, but my priority is to get better for my daughter who is not even 2! I any lift her and it's very challenging.
  • NeedingadviceNNeedingadvice Posts: 28
    edited 05/19/2014 - 11:48 AM
    Thank you for your Advice. Shivamahna how long did it take you to get better? how did you get better/ what things did you try? I feel like I have given everything a good try and now I am super discouraged.
  • Dont be discouraged I noe it is easier said than done . I suffered through this from 1st jan 2013 to 6th feb 2014 . Had a micro discectomy in feb . In my case it all started with back pain and me not being able to bend forward in jan . I did physio for 2 weeks and then almost assumed on myself that it is fine . But it wasnt . It came back with pain in my hip in july . Mri showed me having a herination at l4 l5 . I did physio from july to dec , now a series of events took place during that :-
    august - I developed hip and side thigh pain . Kept on doing physio .
    Sept - developed hip side thigh and leg pain . And also developed a lyst ( body tilting towards one side since I qas walking in a wobblinh manner ) so my stomach got rotated .
    October - pain came in big toe and was killing me . Had to drop out of college and on bes rest since sept 21 . But never gave up on physio .
    Nov - my faith on physio was now being tested . So tried functional manual therapy along side physio . No help . In more pain than before .
    Dec - finally gave up on physio . Coudnt even go to washroom . Believe me that should not happen with anyone . Doc put me on steriods for 15 days to chk if it helps . Side by side I started with acupuncture and acupressure . Didnt help AT ALL .
    Jan - docs gave up and said ... surgery only option . Even coud t go to docs for a review ... was in so much pain ... had to talk with docs on phone .
    Feb - decided to go for surgery .
    After surgery on 6th feb - pain gone . :)
    Now - doing core strengthening exercises and pain free :)
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  • shivamahnasshivamahna Posts: 3
    edited 05/22/2014 - 4:59 AM
    And I forgot to mention that all this time ( fr july to feb ) I was on a continuous dose of lyrica and ultracet and ... I believe due to lyrica ... now my eyesight is also weak . Also 2 more things . Now my lyst is also not there ... perfectly fine now . :)
    Look we can only share our experiences to make you feel better . Always do wat docs tell you to . 9 weeks is too little time to give up on physio and other options . But again it is you and ur doc who know ur case best . Best of luck . And always rember , ( just for ur future ) since it is a elective surgery ( not like a heart failure and to be done compulsory ) doc can never force you to have it and the final decision shall always be yours .let me know if you wanna know something else . Cheers
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