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Sunday, February 03, 2019

As some of you already know, I’ve been mostly walking since this past summer. I was diagnosed with sciatica and along with walking being good for mental health, it also helps alleviate the sciatica pain. Well, I underwent a MRI test last week and learned yesterday that I have 2 herniated discs. I’m extremely disappointed, frustrated, sad, tired of the pain, etc. for many reasons. Is there anyone else out there who has a similar issue and still exercises? I’m trying my damndest to not say “f*** this” and give up altogether, but it seems like 1 step forward and 10 steps back when it comes to my health. On a “positive” note (I guess 😒), my cholesterol levels are great and no longer in the danger zone, thanks to diet and physical activity (mostly walking). I’ve also lost a few pounds; not exactly sure how many, though, because I rarely track it.
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    668 days ago
    CHAAGE - did the surgeries help at all?

    Thanks to each of you for the encouragement. I’m trying. 😒
    670 days ago
    I was in a rush and didn’t add the following details:

    I’ve been in physical therapy since October 2018, once weekly. I get chiropractic once monthly. I’ve been wearing a back brace faithfully since right after Thanksgiving 2018. The physical therapy practice main doctor recommended pain management and said that epidurals may help. I’m also somewhat young for surgery and want to avoid it as long as possible, especially since I just had major surgery about 19 months ago.

    I’m just so tired. 😒
    670 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Under no circumstances should you give up. It’s working in several ways. So why abandon this good activity. What helped me most after my back injury was professional help- chiropractic and yoga with some restrictions. Even child’s pose can help.
    670 days ago
    I have had 2 herniated disk surgeries in the past. I have another herniated disk, but I press forward. I know I have another surgery in my future but until then, I will do everything in my power to avoid it. Don’t give up!!
    670 days ago
    Do you have a pool nearby that offers water aerobics? It's kind and gentle to painful body parts. You might consider wearing a waist belt to support your back when you walk. Those rubber "melt belts" are inexpensive and sold at several types of stores. On occasion when I need extra support, they work well for me. Wishing you better days ahead.
    670 days ago
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