I am 43 years old, diagnosed with herniated disc L5-S1 and two bulging discs above, L3-L4, L4-L5. I've had pain in my lower back and leg for over a year. I also tore a hamstring muscle the year before I herniated the disc. During my 15-20 year stint working as a land surveyor, I've spent most of my working life outside standing, hiking, climbing, carrying equipment, and bent over. My treatment has included chiropractic, steroid injections, massage and a discectomy, nothing has helped much. I am currently doing physical therapy. My therapist is trying to help me incorporate Egoscue method exercises, based on my urging. At the same time, she seems unsure on how to proceed with me. So, I recently purchased the 8 steps book, and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I know that I need to strengthen my torso muscles AND lengthen my spine also. On the website it says to be especially careful with a L5-S1 herniation, because anteverting the pelvis could cause the protrusion to get pinched even worse. However, I don't want to tuck my pelvis either, right? Should I focus on stretch-lying and stretch-sitting first? Which exercises in the appendix of the book can I do with my condition? The nerve pain is so random, and sometimes I won't feel the pain resulting from certain movements until later.
I know that Esther had the same condition, and I would be curious to know exactly how she dealt with it. Also, would it be possible to get some feedback from her? How much "regular work" can I do around the home, even though I'm not performing my professional work duties at this time?
Thank you so much for any replies!
PS Would you suggest an online consult and how does that work?