T2-3 herniated disc

I'm in so much pain, bros. How do I fix this without surgery? I've tried everything short of injections directly into the spine. If those don't work, doctor says I need surgery. Any exercises or stretches, or just advice in general on how to fix it would be appreciated.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It’s over. Tell us how it happened so that we may lift in your stead.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      how did this happen anon?

      story?

      Fuck, I wish I had a good story to tell with it. I was just a grocery store cashier. Started having pain one day like 6 years ago, don't even know what I did. I kept working through the pain for like 4 years until I had to quit because it hurt to bad, and it took doctors this long to figure out what it was. I just want to feel normal again. Just thought maybe some bros here would know something I could do.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        So you’re telling me this has nothing to do with fitness? Is that what you are saying right now op?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm asking how I can improve my fitness from my current state, so I think it does. Asking for exercises and stretches qualifies right? I want to improve myself without surgery, just don't know the path to take or if there even is one. I've tried lots of physical therapy and it hasn't worked, and maybe someone here knows something I haven't tried.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You should have thought about being fit before you worked some job where you had to use your body all day. Get surhery

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Traction maybe? Something like a teeter hangup could give some relief if it doesn't fuck you worse anyway.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I've tried that and I get the impression it might help if the weight was enough, but this is just below my neck, my head just doesn't weight enough to pull things into place. Not sure about trying to tie weights to my head or something, feels like there is a huge potential to make things worse if I screw up.

          that sucks man ... did you used to work standing up? 8hrs a day standing up in the same posture isn't healthy

          Yeah, it was 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for years. Not worth it at all, I would rather be homeless if I knew this would happen.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            maybe you should try the injections man, maybe also check with another doctor to see what they think? If more than 1or 2 doctors thinks that you should get surgery then that's it ...

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        that sucks man ... did you used to work standing up? 8hrs a day standing up in the same posture isn't healthy

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        should've join the army, they pay you 2k+ a months for shit like that

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not him but don't ever do sumo deadlifts. Conventional never hurt me but what did was sumo fucking deadlift speedpulls, so not even heavy, because the gays at /plg/ claimed Westside isn't a meme.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Don't do any deadlifts like ever. They're an ego exercise to show off with, that's why they always do that goofy face and drop the bar as hard as they can when they finish.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're the lady yelling at the teenagers in the commercial gym aren't you?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I won’t brutha.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    story?

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did a car fall on you?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does your dink still work?

  5. 2 months ago
    nutefag

    do hanging therapy (grab a pull up bar or something you can hang from and just hang there for around three minutes total a day)

    take b3 (increases blood flow)

    take omega fatty acids

    take magnesium in high doses

    do yoga

    go to a sports physio therapist

    do light body weight calisthenics if and when you feel up to it.

    look up yoga for herniated disk

    go to a sauna

    take hot epsom salt baths

    go to a steam room

    take vitamin k2

    get a chinese medicine moron to inject bee venom into your spine

    tiger balm

    capsaicin cream

    arnica

    don't trust doctors they are morons and want to cut you and cripple you and get you addicted to drugs

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well, at least some of that stuff doesn't sound completely insane, I'll look into the vitamins and the exercise stuff, but bee venom?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Bee stings have helped people with all sorts of random shit before and I agree with the hangs they might give you that weight you need to decompress up top.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    get the platelet injections in your spine dumbass

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dude, It's not that I don't want to get injections, I'm just waiting on the referral to a doctor to do them. Surgeon doesn't do them, it's a different guy. I only got diagnosed with this just a few days ago. I just want to look into other avenues in case the injections don't work.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You lift and exercise to strengthen up after the injury has been treated to minimize pain and prevent reinjury. You still have to get it treated, you can't just fix a fully herniated disc with exercise. Get the injections and surgery if need be, then do very careful neck and upper back exercises. idk probably super lightweight neck curls and trap work? anyway get treatment first regardless.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, you're right, I'm just nervous about it. I really want to be sure I've done everything before surgery. And absolutely, I will do everything I can to keep this in shape after the fact. I just kinda wish there was something else besides surgery. I'll probably have to get it, I guess I'm just trying to grasp at straws looking for some miracle cure. It sucks.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        yeah I'm sorry anon, but with something like a fully herniated disc I don't think you can get out of it. steroid injections can help a lot in some cases, though, so don't lose hope yet. Just make sure that if they work you start gentle exercise as soon as you're pain free, because reinjury is really easy if you dont strengthen the area and a lot of people wind up needing to get them every 6-12 months

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I feel a lot of pain in my back.
    I think it's an hernia, I'm not going to the doctor, fuck those garden gnomes.
    I still lift anyways, I might snap someday, but I'm not quitting, I'll lift till I die.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Just go to the doctor and get an x ray. You can always refuse whatever treatment they recommend but at least you'll know.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don’t think that’s a hernia exactly lol. Maybe a herniated disc.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    do NOT get the spinal steroid shots.

    I had one. You'll have a spinal headache that will cripple you for a week after each shot.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >headache that cripples you for a week
      >herniated disc that cripples you for the rest of your life
      Hard choice

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, I'm thinking the shots, I'm already crippled and in pain, can't get much worse than this

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Aside from steroids (which will weaken you I believe, they’re not the muscle building ones) I think you can take cortisone shots too but those might be for joints only.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You are just a pussy. I've had them and they worked fine for a week.

      OP, I had same problem. Took a year of doing nothing. Then 3 years of slowly working out to get close to normal. Not sure if it was worth it. I lost almost 5 years of my youth to it. Surgery would have been 1 year of rehab, not 5. But then surgery could fuck you for life too.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Read back mechanic by stuart mcgill. It helped me with disc herniation. Have you tried prednisone and pt? I’d do that before an injection.

    Try everything before surgery, once you have it you can never go back. If you’re young and your doc is pushing surgery get a second opinion

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I've been in pt for a while now, but the exercises are irritating the affected nerve root, making the pain even worse. But that was before we knew exactly what the underlying problem was. Maybe there is some different set of exercises I can do now that we have a diagnosis. Haven't been on prednisone though. Is that ok to take long term? It might help with the inflammation, right? I'll talk to the doctor about prescribing it.

      And yeah, I'm only 30, but this pain has already taken years of my life, so I feel like surgery is definitely on the table for me. I just want to be sure it's the only option left.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Anon, what is the problem with surgery for the herniated disc? If it resolves your issue, what is the drawback?
        >t. I know nothing

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I just think it seems risky, especially with how high up it is. If the surgeon fucks up, I'll be paralyzed from the armpits down. I don't exactly want to live like that, you know?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Prednisone is an oral steroid that they generally prescribe as 7 day cycle. It will help with the inflammation and could get you started down the right path. It’s less invasive than an injection. My doc preached trying less invasive/lower risk methods first before moving to the injection

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Shit like this is why I keep pushing for heavier lifts. If you can get a hernia from fucking grocery store work then why even bother being such a bitch and worrying?

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't feel like typing it all up, but you can fix that shit. Do not get surgery, surgeons will fuck you up. There are exercises you can do to deload your spine and take the pressure off, just google it. Also do other tretches and shit to stay limber but most importantly fix your posture and figure out why you got the issue in the first place. It's most likely an imbalance somewhere in strength or flexibility or whatever. It takes a while but figure it out and fix the imbalance. I had a fucked back for years but I eventually fixed it. It can be done, with just simple stretches and shit. Fuck surgery, fuck steroids fuck all that shit. They're only treating the symptoms they don't fix the actual problem.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Have the same but T5-S1. Went to a PT and she gave me some exercises to do. Big emphasis on back flexion. My symptoms are resolving slowly. Basically it sounds like it takes a few months to be pain free after something like this. Look up the Mckenzie method exercises. Also, I used to work in a radiology department where we would do spinal steroid injections. People usually had good results with them, but they are not a replacement for PT. Godspeed.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    im confused. how tf does a disc herniate from being a cashier?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I cashiered very intensely. Was the fastest of everyone in the store by far. Prided myself on not needing help from baggers, not calling for backup cashiers, and solving everything without managers by knowing the system so well that I could bypass overrides in many situations when though I wasn't supposed to be able to. I was really really good at my job and became like a one man assembly line. My PT has been doing neuromuscular retraining with me because I was so good at my job that I completely fucked up all the normal usage of my muscles. Everything in the upper body was being used incorrectly because I found I could move more quickly that way. I guess if cashiering was a sport, I would have easily gone pro. It's fucking stupid that I dedicated myself to something like that, but I wanted to be good at my job. It's probably what did it. I overworked myself for nothing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Kek, that sounds based. Your store should put you in a hall of fame

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          OP scanning items and fighting the register

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          They did actually give me a managers override of my own even though I wasn't a manager because of how good I was just for the few situations where I couldn't get out of it. But the store manager and me started not getting along because of unfair treatment of other workers in my department. I stood up for them one too many times and eventually got forced to transfer to a little gas station booth outside the store where I had no contact with other employees.

          So my legend will never be known except here I guess.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I also overworked myself to be the best at my dogshit minimum wage job. Thankfully I stopped before I hurt myself, and in the end nobody appreciated my speed and precision. Still cringe at the thought of it though.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          What's stupid is I could have done even just half as good a job and I still would have been better than everyone. And I wouldn't have been killing myself. I guess it's a lesson that you shouldn't use 100% of your potential 100% of the time. Bad idea.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dead hangs till your blisters get blisters.
    Single leg squats 3 x 20 a day every day (hang on to a post or something for balance)
    single leg RLD 3 x 20 a day
    Swimming once a week.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Look up the athleanx videos for herniated discs. I've been hanging from a pull up bar and got into rock climbing and my pain has been much better. I went from not being able to walk at all to having relatively no pain until I have to walk up stairs. You need to decompress your back and then do the cobra stretch or whatever it's called to basically push the disc back to where it belongs. You also probably need to fix your posture. My thing is I have posterior pelvic tilt and a pretty much straight lower back with no curve. You can fix it and get better but do it fast before the damage to your nerves becomes permanent.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thats fucked google decompressions therapy and go to a specialist in non invasive protocols since modern medicines solution is normally fuse then oxxy the rest of your life.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    unironically look into chiro. it was invented for spinal stuff. allopathic medicine completely dismisses anything that isnt drugs but if your injury was caused by simple physical compression, manipulation and decompression with no drugs will be able to fix it.

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