Herniated Disk -- Do they ever Heal? | Page 24

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  1. tk99 Blue Belt

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    Congratulations on making it to the other side. Your xray looks great. I had artificial disc replacement at c5c6 a few months ago and am doing great besides some occasional tension. I'm told one year for full recovery. Take good care of your spine and keep the PT up.

    For anyone considering surgery, I had a great experience with it. I was nervous of course but the results are better than I hoped for, and the recovery pain really wasn't bad. Waking up from surgery and not having that trademark pain you've grown accustom to is amazing. I'm basically back to my full routine already. I wish I did it sooner.

    Good luck. :)
     
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  2. Mocex Yellow Belt

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    I hurt my neck 4 months ago from bad guillotine in training.i did mri which showed nothing ,expect I have forward head posture which I knew before.I also felt pain in my upper back (between spine and shoulder blades on right side),but i never did MRI for it.After 4 + months my neck is ok,but i still have weird pain in my upper back.Its not strong pain,but more like some sneaky evil feeling between spine and shoulder blades,and I even feel it in chest ,and rib cage.It doesnt hurt a lot but I still dont want to return back to training cause I feel i might injure it again.
    DId anyone had symptoms similar to these?what might it be?
     
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  3. anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    I got a new bed, memory foam, which has helped my back improve considerably. I got the one off amazon which had the really good reviews. I figure if my back isn't in a good position while I'm sleeping, there's no way I'll ever heal. I went through the same thing with my neck (and finding the right pillow).

    I'm sure time passing has to do with it too, but being able to sleep and rest my back for several hours every day has really helped. My messed up mattress probably contributed to my back injury in the first place.

    Good luck to everyone.
     
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  4. philodox White Belt

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    Thanks man, good to hear your surgery was successful. I, too, was totally blown away by the lack of pain/issues the moment you wake up from surgery.

    Good luck to you too, let us know how it goes. Are you going to return to training?
     
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  5. anoopbal White Belt

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  6. anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    Hey guys, I read an interesting article today which I think may help some of us: http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/archive/low-back-pain-exercises.html

    The main point which I found interesting is that it is not a lack of core strength that is an indicator for back pain (or short hamstrings, or other common suggestions), Rather, the most reliable indicator for lower back pain was lack of muscular endurance.

    This suggests that stuff like planks and other isometric holds are more useful than simply strength building workouts.

    Interesting, if nothing else.
     
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  7. TSO Red Belt

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    Just reherniated a disc at c5-6 along with a minor fracture. Looks like third time is a charm and probably won't be rolling again.

    Was really feeling like my Jits were finally coming together. Damn shame.
     
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  8. Zankou ...he glows with a bright light!

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    That sucks TSO.

    For myself, I'm happy to report that my herniated c5-c6 is almost completely resolved, without needing surgery. It's been about 4 years since I injured it, and I had constant slow improvement every year. It's around 90% now. The stabbing pain in my neck is finally gone, which was the last remaining symptom.

    Things that helped:

    (1) cortisone steroids
    (2) avoiding all situations where I might get stacked
    (3) switch to very small memory foam pillow.
    (4) assload of time

    That's about it.

    Good luck to everybody dealing with this bullshit.
     
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  9. Mocex Yellow Belt

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    How long after injury did u start training again ?how was it?Im scared of reinjury
     
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  10. TSO Red Belt

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    Good to hear you're doing better.

    As for me, I'm just mad that I probably wont get my brown belt now.
     
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  11. Diablo Ryu** Brown Belt

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    what compound lifts do you use? Your post said bodyweight and bands after you said you do compound lifts...also what bands do you use and can you link me
     
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  12. babygetoboy Yellow Belt

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    I'm interested in this as well
     
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  13. philodox White Belt

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    Resurrecting this thread for all of the hurt back guys (and gals) out there...

    Hopefully a bright spot for some of you, as I know it was a huge bright spot for me.

    Had my 6 month follow up a couple of weeks ago with the surgeon. X-rays looked great, everything healing up nicely, my left bicep and forearm (which had atrophied significantly over the past 2 years) are slowly returning with focused workouts. The size and strength gain is noticeable.

    To give you an idea, about 3 months ago I could BARELY complete 3 sets of 8 reps of bicep curls using a 15 lb dumb bell (super easy with my right arm, it was like I was using a Shake Weight). Now I can complete those sets easily and have graduated to 20 lbs for 3x8. Sounds weak, but each curl is a concentrated contraction of my left bicep, which still "shudders" due to lack of signal from the nerve, which is also improving.

    He said it generally takes the same amount of time for the nerves to recover as the length of time I had the injury, which was 2 years.

    Anyway, the best news was that he said I could go back to 100% activity -- in EVERYTHING. Overhead presses, Olympic movements (I had been doing basic compound movements like DL and Squat), and... JIU JITSU.

    I couldn't believe it when he said it. I thought he said I would most likely never be able to do Jiu Jitsu again, but given my X-rays and nerve recovery he said I was good to go. I had to ask him 3 or 4 times just to make sure.

    It's now been about 2 years since I have trained regularly due to this injury, and now I'm on the other side and so stoked. Looks like the mats of Marcelo's gym are in my future :D

    I won't be stopping lifting/bodyweight conditioning since I need to make sure my entire body, especially back/neck/arms are very strong, but it was like my life had been given back to me.

    No more guard attacks for me (for fear of getting stacked), but at least I can put a gi back on.

    Hopefully this is encouraging to some in this thread who are dealing with this extremely frustrating obstacle, especially one that affects a significant part of their lifestyle.

    Thanks to everyone in this thread who have been awesome about sharing their experiences.
     
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  14. StevenCrowder wiener

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    Well like I said, variations of squats, pull-ups, overhead press, good mornings, rows, weighted push-ups etc.

    As long as I can still achieve maximal loading capacity with minimal spinal load/compression.

    Lifeline TNT cables are the best.
    For closed loop bands, EliteFTS.

    Cheap and adjustable up to 300lbs of resistance.
     
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  15. Ladder Master Brown Belt

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    this is what my back looked like in 2012. Disectomy L5-S1 in May 2012.
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    I have been able to return to BJJ twice a week. I know to some that is nothing but I have to be able to function at work. there is hope if you stay on top of your exercises.

    I really feel like Cod Liver oil has helped as well.
     
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  16. ens189 ELI-te Belt

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    What are the discs supposed to look like? I recently suffered an injury to my L5, been very painful at times.
     
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  17. oleDirtyBast4rd Brown Belt

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    Your discs in your spine are like a jelly donut. If you sat on a jelly donut, you can't just put it back together. Same concept. It's pretty much get a new one or minimize the pain/effects
     
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  18. JRT6 Black Belt

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    Isn't modern medicine getting better almost faster than can be imagined?
     
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  19. vcmmafan Purple Belt

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    What about Orthokine? Would that work on a disk?
    It sounds promising
     
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  20. barca2012 White Belt

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    I think they can heal but if not surgery is needed...
     
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