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Had Herniated Disc/Microdisectomy in June

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:40 pm
by Eliminator
I had severe sciatica in my left leg and had surgery in June.

The pain has come back... on my right side now (?), and I'm guessing its not from surgery anymore. I'm getting an MRI Tuesday, but after reading this stuff have decided that no matter how bad it gets surgery is not an option unless i become immobile again.

I have been stretching with a PT going twice a week stretching everyday.

I have two main questions:

I can live with the pain, the only thing that bothers me is permanent damage.
I'm trying to heal myself, but I know it takes a long time, am I running a serious risk of permanent damage???

Also, can I hurt myself further if I try out the book's stretches and go off my PT routine.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:01 am
by randolph 2
Hello Eliminator

Just a couple questions first

How long did you suffer from sciatica before your operation?

And which operation did you get?

In general, today's orthopedic surgeons are less freaked out about the risk of "permanent damage". A forum member (Cygnet, I believe)informed us a few years back about a NYTIMES article reporting clinical evidence (the best kind) that there is less risk from permanent nerve damage than previously feared. Anecdotally, I can report that I suffered pretty bad sciatica pain on and off for a year, and now 3 and half years after my initial injury, using only RYB, have very little "permanent damage" (no foot drop or nerve damage), damage that is just a nuisance and doesn't limit me in any way.

I don't recommend stopping the exercizes and stretches ... ever. And there's no problem experimenting with different exercizes to see what works for you. It's my understanding that maintaining good core strength is necessary to preventing re-injury to the discs that herniate and cause sciatica. The way I figure it, the hour a day I spend stretching and exercizing is a smaller price to pay than all the costs associated with re-injury, and it certainly is great for heart health, weight control, and diabetes prevention.

There's no need to live with chronic pain. In some cases, it's genuinely dangerous to do so. But in any case, much can be done to greatly reduce pain without serious side-effects. No need to be overly macho on this one.

Randolph