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Old 02-13-2008, 08:52 PM
Shanti Shanti is offline
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Talking Weird Question...LOL

I wish I would have saved this page, but I didn't think to. But I read on a site recently that repeated, daily, bending (sideways, backwards, etc...depending on the herniation location) as well as bearing down forcefully (daily), repeatedly over the course of a couple weeks or so (or something like that) could force the herniation back in place, or at the very least decrease it??????? Can that possibly be true???

Which leads to my own question, when bearing down to go #2 is the pain you feel from increased disc pressure? Meaning, is the herniation being pushed out further, hence further pinching the nerve? Or is it the dura "expanding" of sorts causing an increase in dural pressure causing the nerves to be moved and pushed up against the herniation?

Told ya it was weird...LOL
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DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:20 AM
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First there is a difference between spinies and people with backaches. There have been studies, several in Sweden, that have indicated intense physical exercise helps many low back pains. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone here but before mine became a severe problem I used intensive exercise to get past my lower back being out of whack. I would never do that any more, so it isn't so weird seeing this some place.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:14 AM
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Shanti, I missed your second question when I answered you previously. It is difficult to tell exactly what causes the increased pain with BM. My best guess is it is more muscular pain from muscle spasms in our lower back. I suppose that depending on the type of herniation you have it would be possible to exert some pressure on the disk while sitting on the toilet. One of the stretches I did to relieve lumbar pain was to squat and pull my knees to my chest but that was a muscular relief. I never seem to help or hurt the disk by sitting or squating.
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