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i can't sit

PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:34 pm
by sj_altman
has anyone had a herniated disc where they couldn't sit for a very long time. i have that and at the beginning it got slowly worse and now i haven't been able to sit for more than 5 minutes for about 7 months. has anyone experienced this and then gotten better. i'm beginning to worry that i will never be able to live a normal life again. this is probably a long shot b/c most people who get better probably don't read this forum. this injury started last may

Can't Sit......

PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:01 pm
by krd
Hello sj_altman

I too had a problem sitting. It is unfortunately a product of your condition. However, it can change, if you become proactive. I was having difficulty since May of this year sitting, standing, or lying down. It lasted for 5 months before I finally decided to get epidural injections. I am not saying that is what you should do, it was what finally worked for me.

It is important for you to start exercising to reduce the pain and gain mobility. Unfortunately, I was in so much pain that the epidurals were my only chance. After that, I was able to agressively rehab, and now I am completely pain free. I hope that you will find your answer to this problem. There are a lot of great people on this site that have or are going through the same thing that you are going through.

Hang in there and if you have not already done so, you might want to download Dean's book. I did and trust me it is a great read and a comfort too. I will be checking in on your progress.

Ken

PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:53 am
by randolph
Hello Sara

Good news: there are some of us who have successfully rebuilt our backs who come back here to encourage others, to report, that indeed, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

I've been reading your posts since your first 10/06, and wondering how you are doing with the RYB exercises, and how long you've been doing them? Like Ken says, improvement comes with some effort, balanced with getting adequate rest for healing.

After the onset of my sciatica symptoms (herniated lumbar disc), I was unable to sit at all for several (about 3 or so) months, and then it took many more months before I could sit for as long as I wanted. So to answer your question, most likely you will be able to join in the fun with family and friends at the dinner table again! It only FEELS like you'll never be normal again; please be assured, like so many other feelings, this feeling doesn't have all the information on the situation. You can have a normal life again, if I, and many others, are any indication at all.

Randolph

update

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:12 am
by sj_altman
Thanks Randolph.
yes, i've tried RYB on my own but over time it worsened my condition b/c some of the exercises were not appropriate for me I suppose. I got injections (2) am now doing aggressive physical therapy (which mostly keeps my core stabalized and works on strengthening w/o flexion and extention) and just waiting. i also tried spinal decompression a complete failure.
there is improvement in regular pain level if just still can't sit w/o the pain.
i think at this point it is just T.O.T. : tinture of time
in terms of my healing
i am also working through my neck bulge and patella femoral pain syndrome.
over time there is improvement. i just want to be able to resume my former active life style and sit. i'll keep you posted. i am 27 years old ! geeeez well now off to do my a.m. exercises.