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Old 09-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Following up

Hows everyone doing? Today is the 5 month mark for me since the car accident leaving me with two bulging disc. I am starting to see the light! Thought it would never happen. Still have minor discomfort but it beats the hell outta what I was having before!! Have my 3rd Epidural in two weeks and I hope this never comes back haha.

My question is, once I feel I'm back to "normal" do I still need to limit myself so that the problems do not surface again? How easy is it for the disc to re-herniate? My doctor said in about 3 more months I should be ready to go. Seems so long but health is more important and everything else can wait.

I'm just still confused, if I had two pinched nerves, and I had the epidurals that seemed to help a large amount. Do I still have the bulges pinching the nerves, I just don't feel it anymore cause the epidurals? I'm very weird lol I just want the problems gone and not "masked". I just can't get over how everything was getting worse weekly and after the Epidural(s) it gradually started getting better so I hope I am making sense with this concern. Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:34 AM   #2
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Re: Following up

So glad to hear things are improving for you! Having a history of back trauma, there are probably some things to avoid -- heavy lifting, twisting, bending. I have learned to squat instead of bending over. I also have a bad hip, so it's awkward.

The epidurals may help in two ways: by reducing the chemical inflammation and by physically pushing the disc off the nerve. The chemical inflammation can also irritate nerves. I am guessing that the three-month guideline is how long he expects to regain their normal shape. Of course, some stuff is better off done by someone else (heavy lifting) or by changing your environment (breaking up one heavy item into smaller ones).

A general guideline for increasing your activity level is to create an unpainful baseline and increase by ten percent per week. So, if you can walk for ten minutes this week, then increase to eleven minutes. It is slow, but builds quickly. (I started off swimming 800 yards (20 minutes) and I am now at 3000 yards (60 minutes), with no major flares.)

 
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