Today I have received for my 4th epidural injection in my lumbar spine. I have herniated discs in the L4 L5 S1 of the spine. The first 3 times he gave me the the shot in the L4. Most of my pain is in my butt area and into my left leg. I asked if he could give the shot directly into the L5 S1 disc this time. So that’s where I received it and now I’m just waiting for the soreness to go away and see if there is any relief. The first 3 shots only worked for a few days, I’m really hoping this one works. If this one doesn’t at least last for a month or two, there would obviously be no reason to get anymore.
Currently I’m undergoing Physical Therapy, Pain Medication, and just received my 4th epidural injection. I’m not at the point where I can’t go about my daily activities, but I definitely had to make adjustments to the way I do things and my lifestyle. The level of pain changes daily; most of the time I can tolerate it. I do get fatigued easily and sometimes just need to lay on my back or sit down for a bit due. I also have some numbness in my lower left leg and foot.
I originally injured my back from weight training with heavy squats. I haven’t weight trained in about 1.5 years, under doctor’s orders. I actually haven’t exercised in that long either. I’m thinking of starting some type of light aerobics just to get back in shape and for overall health. Anyone have any suggestions? I decided to discontinue heavy weight training. I may do a few light weight exercises but nothing overhead that is going to compress my spine.
The L4 L5 herniated disk is the most common type of herniated disk injury. This herniated disk pain is in the lowest part of the back. If you find that most of your discomfort is in your lower back, butt, and legs you most likely have a herniated disc L5 L4. Depending on the level of disc injury, you may require surgery or just undergo back pain treatment. If you think that you are suffering from a pinched nerve, it is important to have as much information as possible so that you can understand your herniated disk symptoms and treatment options.
What Is an L4 L5 Herniated Disk?
An L4 L5 herniated disc is a painful issue that is caused by the inner core of the disc. The disc will displace, moving and causing discomfort to the spinal cord. The displacement will actually move to the spinal nerve root creating a situation known as a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve in this area can cause pain and numbness in the lower back, butt, legs, and feet.
L4 L5 Herniated Disc Symptoms
It is important to understand the symptoms before you talk with your doctor. Some of the most common L4 L5 herniated disc symptoms include the usual pain and numbness in the lower back. This pain and numbness may also move to the lower body including the butt, legs, and feet. While some may feel intense pain, others may feel a slight backache. Fatigue and muscle weakness can also result from constant pain and numbness.
L4 L5 Herniated Disc Treatment
There are types of L4 L5 herniated disc treatment to consider. While some will take on herniated disc surgery, others will be able to improve their quality of life through physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, pain medication, epidural shots, and core strengthening exercises. Keeping your body active will actually help decrease pain in the back. It will help keep your muscles loose and prevent your discs from locking up. Resting too long in a stationary position can increase pain and numbness. Herniated Disc Treatment
Finding the Right Exercises
There are several types of L4 L5 herniated disc exercises that are catered to the specific pain of different individuals. Talk to your doctor and physical therapist about the proper exercises to perform. Physical therapy exercises will target the L4 L5 section without overworking the back. Taking on exercises before consulting a professional may cause your condition to worsen. The exercises they teach you will be focused on strengthening your core muscles and taking away any comnpression from your spine. An example of an exercise to avoid would be heavy weight squats. This exercises will cause unnecessary compression to your spine and can further cause injury to your back. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise if you have access to a pool. Swimming will eliminate any compression on your spine by keeping you free floating and strengthening your entire body.