caused the Disc problem on me?
MRI report revealed the herniated/slipped disc of L5/L4. Doctor suggested me to go for a surgery on the following day. Oh, No! I managed to walk out. I was on leave from my work. After having bed rest for about 3 weeks, I got some relief without any surgery. I started to walk with the help of a walking stick, but badly limping.
Having heard of some bad post-surgery stories and experiences of some people I decided not to go for a surgery. Being an adventurous person I was so sad to be in such a health condition. I imagined of my life as if I was a limping man forever; thought a lot about the beautiful high Himalayan terrains and Arabian sand dunes where my heart beats. There was a big question mark on whether I will ever be able to go back to Mt. Everest base camp or over the high sand dunes of Arabia, again. I was so sad, it was a living hell for me.
No one believed to see me in that condition when I got back to work. I visited another NeuroSurgeon at my work place. He explained the actual problems and issues. I was very happy with his diagnostic explanation. My left leg was halfway paralyzed, he proved that with movements of steps. Upon my request he put me in physical therapy. Physiotherapist was the wonderful one who suggested me not to stop the certain moves and practices. I followed all the instructions. I started improving session by session of physiotherapy.
treatment of Herniated disc.
Our body system has got natural healing ability but needs for some time. The most cases of herniated disc do not require surgery, as I learnt from the related sites. But, one must be brave to bear the pain. It may take about six months to heal with alternative treatment plan if you can tolerate the pain for some times and practice some certain postures of Yoga or Physiotherapy, regularly. Surgical treatment may take even longer to heal. It may be associated with certain risks for a long term in life. But, there are some cases that the patient must go for a surgical treatment.
Alternative treatment plans like Physical Therapy, Yoga and Indian Herbal Medicine (Ayurbeda) may help you get better. Keep stretching your body everyday to strengthen the spinal roots and supportive tissues. Keep yourself active, jog or run regularly; once you get better. You may totally stop the red meat and beans intake as per my experience. Maintain your weight as low as you can. It takes about 18 months to 2 years for complete healing of herniated disc.
Oh, not to forget about my back-packing and camping trips in the UAE including to the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). I go to the Empty Quarter every year.
All the photographs in the photo galleries are taken by myself during my adventure trips.