About 5 months ago, I was waking up with burning in my lower back, and an MRI showed that L4/L5 was herniated. The litmus test is sciatic pain -- I didn't have it, so the orthopedist recommended diet, exercise, and a lot of stretching.
Originally Posted by SteveF
I'm a chip designer -- we spend hours in front of a monitor, and depending on how you sit, there are a lot of L4/L5, or C6/C7 herniations or spurs. Your body adapts to the position, and you get hyper lordosis -- your ligaments shorten, and the stabilizer muscles in that direction weaken.
5 months later and I've lost a lot of weight, I'm running ~ 12 miles/week, stretching, and I feel a whole lot better. I'd love to see what the discs look like now, but I don't think insurance would cover a second MRI.
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