I have changed my diet and exercise regimen to cater toward my herniated disc problems. I have obtained positive results since I made these changes. On top of changing my diet, I have also included daily supplements to assist my daily nutritional needs.
I went into a state of depression for about a a year and a half and really let myself go. I thought all hope was lost and I was not exercising or eating healthy at all. I probably put on about 30lbs over the 1.5 years, obtained high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.
After I got these blood test results, something just fired up in me to start making some life changes. I started listening and watching media that motivates me and get my adrenaline flowing. I am now feeling much better and my herniated disc pain and discomfort is at a tolerable state right now.
Diet Changes and Supplments
- I haved eliminated foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol.
- I have increased my protein intake.
- I have limited my carbohydrate intake to include mostly low glycemic carbs.
- I am supplementing daily with: Whey Protein Isolate, Flax Seed Oil, Glucosamine, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and a Multi-Vitamin
- I am eating about 4 to 5 balanced meals per day that are spaced 3 to 4 hours apart.
- Cardio Exercise: I do the elliptical machine. It’s low impact and great to get the muscles and joints moving.
- Weight Training: I have stopped using free weights that put a lot of compression on my spine and switched to using machines. I was always against this, but I love it now and would never go back. My goals have changed drastically since my injury and I am doing whatever I have to do to take care of my back.
For some reason lately my middle to upper back has been bothering me, thoracic region of the spine. I have a good muscular build, but I do have bad posture at times and I think this is the main cause of the pain. I have pinched nerves in my lower back and can tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a pinched nerve. The pain I’m feeling is definitely a pinched nerve in the thoracic vertebrae.
Over the the past couple of months I had two distinct situations where I was barely able to move due to the pain. The funny thing is I was barely doing anything when my back started acting up. I can run and jump all over the place and not feel too much pain, but something as simple as walking aggrivated it so bad that I had to lay on my back for 2 days. I was literally walking out of my job casually after a day of work and I felt this pop sensation. I could barely support my torso without feeling pain. The pain is in the area of the back between the upper and middle where you bend. I have always had bad posture here and I think that is one of the main causes of everything. I also did heavy squats when exercising that could have contributed toward this for many years.
I have already received 2 epidural injections of cortizone in my lower spine this years. My doctor wants to wait a little bit before giving me anymore steroids so he gave me a shot of sarapin in the thoracic spine. It’s hard to tell if it helped or not, but if it did, it wasn’t any major improvements. After doing a bit of research, a few sarapin injections may need to be given over a period of time. Apparently there are minimal side effects with sarapin, so I think I’m going to give this a try again.
Does anyone have any experience with a Sarapin injection in the spine?