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I have been dealing with this for a couple of years and I'm just curious how serious I should take it or am I just going to be dealing with this for the rest of my life.

I'm 29 years old and about 3 years ago i tried picking up a tire that was way too heavy for me and now I have a bulging disc in my lower back.  I've had an MRI done and the specialist said no to surgery but wanted me to do injections and physical therapy which I did not do.  That was about 2 years ago and I had read where it could resolve itself with stretching exercises and babying my back .  I have full range of motion and it doesn't stop me from being about to do my job, however the dull pain is always there.  Picking up heavy things(50+ lbs) too often can cause a few days of swelling and pain.  I can't sit/stand for more than an hour before I get pain in my hip and back.  I can deal with the pain, but I  miss being active and working out.  I
had to stop so I could make sure I could do my job properly ( I install
cable TV). 

I guess my question is, when should I start being worried?  Its manageable now but I worry a lot about the future and whether or not me just dealing with it will cause nerve damage or me being unable to work.  I don't want to look back 3 years from now wishing I had done something about it if there's anything that can be done( besides surgery).




  • Eddie

    I think your already on the right path with the mindfulless of what hurts,how and why.

    This will help your long term outlook, the more you care now, the better the possible outcome later
    William Garza
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  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 448
    What is the reason you did not try physiotherapy?  I personally have found an osteopathic physiotherapist that has helped me alot.
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 995
    edited 10/15/2016 - 7:23 AM


    Herniation's seldom just go away... and from the pain you describe after picking up heavy things it would seem that yours has not gone away. The best you can do William and smartens suggest... is "manage it" via adjustments to your lifestyle and exercise/stretching activities.  A good physiotherapist can help a lot.   But even then you run the risk that with time that it will become more severe and then you will have to seek professional medical help.  You will most likely know when the herniation becomes more severe as the pain intensity will increase 10 fold and it will be unbearable. The best thing is to check back with your doctor as it's been several years since he last saw you... from that follow-up he and you can better assess the current status of the herniation.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • HVills has hit on two important points.
    1.following up with your Primary Care Provider will begin....and follow up the progression of symptoms


    Will be 2.
    Important documentation of the state and hopefully if you have degenerated to the point of disability.

    Being mindfull of a persons condition can be hard when trying to make a living.
    I sacrificed my spinal health for the man..and it was not worth the cost.

    I would have began lining up my life if i had known my back would degrade to this point.
    Would have not been so loyal to the company physically and sacrificed so much.

    You will know when is when if you listen.

    Be gentle with yourself, there is all of Life ahead of you and how you spend it depends on smart...and to my view.."selfish" choices.
    But no one stands to benefit from burning your body away chasing a living.

    The long run is what ultimately counts
    And how you run the race determines how you win.

    Be Well

    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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