1. How did you fix your bulging disc / learn to live with it?
2. Anyone know any top notch specialists in the Denver, CO area?
I've been dealing with a bulging disc in lumbar region and sciatica for about 8 months now. Did some research on the forums and found a few old threads but not a whole lot recent. I've been seeing a physical therapist but nothing has helped.
1. Dr. tried oral steroids first
2. Physical therapy ever since
I have not tried injections yet. I hear those are just a temporary relief and do not address the underlying problem.
It feels severe, but MRI shows that this really isn't a severe bulging disc. A spine doctor told me that he wasn't ready to do surgery yet but that if we did do surgery, it would be pretty minor. I'm really starting to lean in that direction.
If anyone has any experience with a bulging disc, can you tell me what you did to get better? This is really starting to become depressing. It's affecting gym, work, social life, everything. Cannot extend my right leg and get tingling sensations on top of foot on a regular basis. I told two doctors about this: general practitioner was very concerned, spine specialist was not too worried.
A few people have told me that if conservative treatment doesn't bring relief within 8-16 weeks, it's time for surgery. It's been 8 months now so I'm definitely beyond that timeline.
However, I'm willing to give a good sports medicine physical therapist one last try. I feel like I didn't get very much individualized attention at my last PT and may have missed out on actual treatment.
Also - will I ever get back to deads and squats? I have a minor curvature in my spine which probably doesn't help. Is it a bad idea to put heavy loads on a curved back? Doesn't everyone have a curved spine to some degree? Either way, I'm willing to get creative with leg and back lifts, but I will not ever completely stop lifting no matter what. It's too much a good part of my life to ever quit.
Anyways, sorry for the novel. Anything you have to say at all is much appreciated. This sucks more than I can explain in words.