Diagnosis: Herniated Disc

A while ago I hurt my back. I was lifting at the gym and felt something go in my back. I went to the chiropractor and got back on my feet, but never getting back to 100%. About a month ago I had an MRI done on my back and found out I have a protrusion, or herniated disc of my very last disc in my back (the one that sits between the last vertebrae and your tail bone), which is one step below a ruptured disc.

So what happens if I rupture it? Well, there are a number of things they can do, which are all bad and all involve surgery on my back. For now the doctor told me to avoid lifting heavy objects and high impact exercise.

In other news, I’m heading to Whistler snowboarding this weekend. Hopefully, I won’t be heading home on a stretcher.

5 thoughts on “Diagnosis: Herniated Disc

  1. Reason number 500 why chiropractors are a waste of money and do more harm than good. If you would have gone to the doctor, physical therapist, or athletic trainer, they would have ran the tests and gave you the proper diagnosis right away.

  2. Maybe you should take it easy for a bit. I’m not a doctor, but as far as I know herniated discs will heal, as long as you let them. I partially agree with Mr. Hopkins. chiroprators can be of service, but I think only after a proper diagnosis from a physical therapist for things such as this. Whatever you decide, be careful.

  3. Um, at the time I didn’t have insurance to cover a $1400 MRI bill. Also, the chiropractor is the only reason I’m functioning at the capacity I am to this day. And every doctor I’ve been to has all told me that a chiropractor and physical therapy are my best bets. Also, the chiropractor did properly diagnose it as a herniated discs and only asked me to get the MRI so he could dial in my adjustments.

  4. Your best bet is to take it easy, no heavy lifting. I continued working with back pain for several years, occasionally seeing a chiropractor, but the pain got worse. An MRI diagnosed 2 her-niated disks, one of which was the same as yours. 2 years after surgery to remove 1 disk and I still can’t work.

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