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Sitting hurts! (Progress Report) - A MUST READ!!!!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:15 pm
by Frank

First things first. Thank you -- LONG overdue and sorry!! -- to Paul, Karen, KRD, and Randolph for your responses! I am very grateful to all four of you. When I initially posted my topic, I was inches away from opting for surgery. Never having had a herniated disk, I was overwhelmed with the leg pain (sciatica), the diagnosis, the prognosis, etc. I was scared and had little to no patience for recovery. (I've been VERY active in sports for 15+ years now, and hate being sidelined for anything, especially for injuries!!) I was smart enough, though, to listen to the first response I got from Paul. And thank God I did! I started the RYB exercise program about three months ago, and for the first month or so had doubts about whether the program would ever work for me (or anyone else), and about whether or not I indeed needed surgery. But patience persevered. And thank God again!!!! In three months time I went from severe leg pain (could hardly sit, couldn't bend at the waist with my left leg straight) to NO PAIN at all!! I can now even stand straight with my legs together, bend at the waist, and touch the floor with my hands. Three months ago I could only bend forward about 2-3 inches. That's progress! I'll be, SLOWLY, starting up my exercise routine again come next month or January. I do need to make sure that I continue to concentrate on strengthening my back, so that when I return to sports I don't reinjure the disk (or any other part of my back). And I know that I need to keep up with the RYB program for the rest of my life (or at least as long as I'm active in sports). The 1/2 hour per day is well worth it!

To the people out there new to this website: The RYB exercise program works!! I am living proof of that. Do what the book says -- of course use some common sense and adapt what the book says to your situation -- and you will heal yourself without the help of any crazy spine surgeon or chiropractor (I can't believe these quacks are allowed to practice medicine). BTW, my doctor, spine surgeon, and both of my ex-chiropractors told me I would NEVER be 100% again. And that I would always have some residual pain/tightness from the herniated disk. They were 100% wrong!!

Thank you Dean from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!! You saved the rest of my life by writing your books. I am very grateful to you. I have been recommending your books to anyone who will listen (or won't), and will continue to do so.

Cheers everyone,

South Riding, VA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:34 pm
by Paul
Hi Frank,

Really excited to read your progress report. I'm glad that I was able to help. It's stories like yours that keep me coming back to this forum.

Really appreciate you sharing your success story with the rest of us.

By the way, I know you were experimenting with the modified cobra vs. the regular cobra. Any thoughts or wisdom you'd care to pass on? Which one worked or didn't? That sort of thing. I've never used the modified version because the regular one works for me. It would be nice to know more so I can be better informed when I try to answer questions in the future.

Take care and let us hear from you more often,

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:34 pm
by randolph
Fantastic Frank!!!! Bet it's going to be very special to SIT DOWN for Thanksgiving meals next week!!
No one answered your last question - why is the sky blue. Perhaps because the wind blue?


PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:44 am
by krd
Hey Frank.... As the old saying goes, this too shall pass. We are all impatient when we hurt. I am glad that you took the time and energy to help yourself. Keep up the good work and it is nice to see such a positive result from the exercises.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:13 pm
by Dean
Thanks Frank for the great feedback.

You might think that a person would start to get a big head after reading something like that, but for me quite the opposite is true. I find it to be a very humbling experience. I'm not afraid to admit that I tear-up a little when I read success stories like yours and realize that I had a small part in it.

I'm actually quite lucky that God "blessed" me with a bad back all those years ago. I now have the privilege of being able to look back and see that it wasn't the end of the world after all. (Geez, I'm gettin' all mushy.)

Really do appreciate you sharing your experience and I'm sure it will help encourage a lot of other people who may be getting discouraged with slow progress.

I hope that you'll keep in touch and that you'll continue to share your experiences with the group.

Take it easy getting back into your old exercise routine. Use the back exercises as part of your warm-up and don't try to rush things.

Take care,

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:25 am
by Dean

One more thing. Whatever you do, don't get ahead of yourself. Just because the pain has stopped doesn't mean your back is totally rebuilt.

And don't forget that the nerve can take up to 6 months to heal even after the pain stops.

Don't make the mistake that a lot of people make of trying to get right back into your old activities.


PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:04 pm
by Brad S
I am new to this forum (see topic "Excited and Determined") and I just wanted to let you know that your post has given me hope. It seems like we have alot in common with sports and also my pain is much like your's (left leg sciatica). When I read that you can put your legs together and touch the floor, it made me smile. Sometimes I can't bring my hands past my knees when I bend foward. If I'm having a good day and can actually go down a little closer to the floor, my disc usually flares up and hurts the rest of the day. I hope I can post a progress report similar to yours in the next few months. I'd love to hear some advice or tips from you since our injury is so similar.

Brad S.

Happy Holidays to all of you RYB people out there...

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:15 am
by krd
Man it is good to hear such positve feed back from everyone. To Brad S. Hang in there. This does work and there are days when you feel that nothing is going to change. I too had sciatica down my entire left leg into my foot. Took 3 months for all of the pain to subside. Still get some tightness and it has been 9 months since my injury. Still, I have friends that have opted for surgery and they wish that they never had. Have not seen one successful back surgery patient yet. I like the fact that the healing is in my hands to do what I want. Remember start slowly and if it hurts even a little bit, back off. Walk daily and drink plenty of water. I still can't bend over and touch the floor, but I am very close to it and when the injury occured, I couldn't even bend over 2 inches. Progress is a beautiful thing. I'll be checking in on your progress. This site is a "God Send".


PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:58 am
by randolph
Hello Ken

Glad to see your response to Brad.

And glad to be reminded about how long it can take to heal/rebuild from sciatica. I'm experiencing the same difficulty with bending over; while I can stretch in every other way as well as before, bending over is improving only VERY slowly (my fingertips go just past the knees .. on good days ... and that's just a 2 inch improvement after two months on the exercises). Reading that you are improving with the program is VERY encouraging. Thanks.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:31 pm
by Jeanette
krd writes:
This does work and there are days when you feel that nothing is going to change. I too had sciatica down my entire left leg into my foot. Took 3 months for all of the pain to subside.

I keep seeing the reminder that recovery takes time...something I need to hear. I, too, have sciatica down my entire leg as krd does, my right rather than left. It would be easier to deal with if the pain weren't almost exclusively at night when I'm lying in bed. I'm assuming that's because I can't hold the spinal alignment I'm able to maintain during the day when I'm active. Despite having a good mattress, so far, I haven't been able to find any single position that lets me sleep for more than a couple hours. Once the pain fires up again, I just flip from one side to the other for the rest of the night.

Getting out of bed and bearing weight on my left leg is a real trial -- as someone else on this forum so aptly described it, it's a grit-your-teeth experience. Once I get moving, tho', the pain subsides and I do pretty well unless I sit for too long. Then I have to move through the pain again, but not like that first hour or so in the morning.

I've been working with a variety of exercises for at least six weeks now. I've tried McKenzie, Egoscue, and now Moyer's. (Many of the exercises overlap, BTW, and I've found that combining some of them during a workout session helps, too.) So maybe there's hope -- just need to be persistant and patient.

Thanks for the reminders. Hearing of your progress helps a lot. :)