Study Type: Member Story
Patient Sex: Female
Patient Ethnicity: White
Patient Age: 35
Published Date: 05/07/2018
Conditions: Back Pain, Herniated Disc
Therapies: Yoga, Diet Therapy
For the last 5 years I have suffered from spouts of incredible
back pain for years. When it began, almost without a cause, the pain was
incredibly strong. I went to see my doctor who prescribed me some pain medication
and an anti-inflammatory. I missed work and spent a lot of time immobilized.
Eventually, the pain went away and I continued with my life. Until it came back
again. Again, I could not pin down the cause and it would happen this way. Once
I sneezed and the pain in my low back was so sharp that I stayed in bed for the
rest of the day. I had no idea what was wrong with my back. Almost 2 year ago I
felt the pain after going to the gym. My chiropractor thought that I might have
torn a ligament. I treated it as an injury and suffered through more pain. A
year later, it was clear it couldn't just be a ligament injury. I went to a
specialist and had an MRI done on my lumbar spine.
The MRI showed two bulging discs and a severely herniated L4-L5
disc. The radiologist who did my MRI was shocked that I was able to walk. He
showed me my scans right then and there and I finally had my answer. All these
years I had been suffering from bulging and herniated discs.
With a diagnosis in hand, I had a starting
point to begin to heal. I began reading about treatments. I went to a spine
surgeon who strongly recommended surgery. I was not excited by that idea
however, so I sought a second opinion. This time I was told that I could heal
and that surgery wasn't necessary. I took the second surgeon's advice and began
the healing process. I firmly believe that the body has miraculous self-healing
powers. As a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor, I had the tool to being
Don't give up hope! A herniated, slipped or
bulging disc can be treated without an invasive surgery. Please contact me if
you'd like to chat. You can find me in the 'Ask an Expert' section.
The most important movement to avoid when you
have disc issues is forward flexion. Once I knew what was wrong with me, I knew
to avoid bending forward with a curved spine. I always tried to maintain a
straight spine. The other piece of information I learned was that movement is
crucial for healing the spine. Yoga really helped me gain mobility again.
Through daily practice and lots of back bending, I was able to create space
between my vertebras and now I no longer have a herniated disc.
After 6 months of conscious Yoga (i.e. listening to my body, challenging it and avoiding forward flexion), my back is on the mend! Look at the comparison between my 2 MRI's taken 6 months apart. The top two are the 'after' images and the ones below are 'before'. Whereas in my first MRI you can see how the disc between L4 and L5 had almost completely seeped out, you can see that after treatment it found its way back to where it belonged - support my spine without pain.
Although your diet may not be directly related
to back issues, as it is to digestive issues, nutrition always influences the
overall health of one's body. I was prescribed pain killers and
anti-inflammatories. I started searching for alternative medications that would
have similar results. Being a big fan of turmeric and its anti-inflammatory
qualities, I incorporated it more into my diet. I would even throw in some
freshly grated turmeric into my morning shakes and smoothies. There are many
alternatives to medicine in food.