My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: texas
Not sure if this is the correct forum.
I wanted to ask any of those who have had or have a herniated disc (size doesn't matter) in the L5/s1.
Since father's day, I've noticed that my back doesn't seem to bother me as much. There is still pain, but its not like before. It's kinda weird to me. I've cut down on the pain meds a lot (partly because of the lack of pain, but mostly to the fact that I hate taking meds because I don't want my body to get used to them). I still get weird feeling in my legs and feet, but not as bad as before. I have noticed that 3rd and 4th toe from center on each foot gets weird sometimes.
I do know that in my mind I "gave up" on my case and I guess I let go of a lot of the stress and anxiety I was having. I actually find myself laughing again. I've started to work with DARS about going back to school and feel that I'm starting to move forward in my life.
I don't know if I reached a point where my body just started getting used to the pain and so I don't notice it as much or if maybe the disc problem is actually beginning to work itself out. I know SS says that most herniated disc problems are resolved within a year (I think that is what I read of the disabilitysecrets website and I don't know if that mean they had surgery or what; most likely means as it says that most are resolved with in a year either on their own or though treatment).
I called my doctor and asked him about it and he said that disc problems are very hard to predict; he said I might get better and never have problems again, I might be good for a couple days then go back and could be worse when I go back, or I might stay the same. I asked if I should try to push myself a little harder and he told me to wait a couple more weeks to see what happens before I change anything.
I've been talking about getting an inverter table (sp?). When I asked the doctor about it months ago, his response was basically that it did the same thing as the decompression that they wanted to do, but he didn't like it because you couldn't adjust how much pressure you were taking off. I understood him to say that he couldn't charge for a table that I use at home and the table could be as effective as the machine if I learn to use it correctly and learn to read my body to know how far to go.
I'm glad to be out of pain, but I'm worried how it affects my case. As far as my case goes, I don't think it looks good if I all of a sudden get better. If I loose everything from the case, and do get better, that's a thousand times better than wining the case and not getting better, I know that.
I've often thought that my problems were coming from the annular tear and I was having chemical radiculopathy. I've thought this because I don't really have any "pinch" points. I do have limited range of motion with my lumbar. It just doesn't flex as it did before. I've not been as active these last couple weeks because of the heat. I'm beginning to stretch as much as I can; I go to the lake and swim some and stretch while under water (there are no swimming pools around where I can do this so free option is best). I'm wondering if maybe the tear has began to heal? I've had times before where I wouldn't hurt as bad for a couple days, but none that lasted this long.
My questions are:
Has anyone tried or researched the tables? What were your thoughts?
Has anyone with a disc problem similar to mine (L2-L4 bulging and L5S1 4 mm central protrusion with an annular tear(possible l2l3 tear that was healing)) ever had something like what I'm going through? I'm not out of pain, just not as much.