Hi everyone. I’m desperate for suggestions for managing an acute disc herniation. Yesterday my 10th (I think) right rib subluxed and when I made the motion required to get it back in place my T12-L1 disc herniated. I know this because literally the exact same thing happened to me in January of 2022. When it happened last year I didn’t know what had happened, but within a few days I couldn’t move without cry-out-loud pain.😩 When I was finally able to leave the house and get onto an MRI table in mid-March last year, they found the new herniation. It has flared off and on over the past year but today is the first time it has felt exactly like it did when I first injured it last year, and I’m really worried that I’m looking at 6 weeks in bed. 🛌 I want to do everything I can to prevent this from getting any worse but I don’t know what to do or not do. I applied an ice pack today and took Aleve, but I can’t take much of that because NSAIDs give me gastritis. I have a lumbar brace (just an Amazon thing) but don’t know if I should wear it. I don’t know if I should lie down flat as much as possible or try to stay upright and moving. I have chronic pain in my upper back that prevents me from being able to stand for more than 5-10 minutes at a time so “stay upright” really just means alternating standing and sitting. I’m not asking for medical advice but I am interested in any tips that have worked for anyone who deals with frequent disc herniations. I’ve had over 10 herniations in my cervical and lumbar spine but none have hurt the way this thoracic one does. I was only diagnosed with hEDS last year at age 46 after a lifetime of pain and GI dysfunction. I’m so terrified of a lifetime of this… the pain just keeps getting worse. I don’t know how to prevent the rib subluxations to keep this from happening. I’m just so beat down by my broken body. Thanks for reading.
Posted by SolAmor at 2023-03-17 04:11:23 UTC