My Journey through the last 2 months of my Ailment

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After a good long break of 20 days from Steemit I am back. Though this break was not a very welcoming one.

The month of August has completely drained me out not only physically but also emotionally and mentally. While I decide to start writing from today I am still uncertain as to what the flow of this post is going to be like, so excuse me if you find things going haywire. I am trying to gather myself up and get back to normalcy. I still am in a state of shock as to the way things shaped up in such a short period of time.

I will like to share my story as I feel the problem that I went through, already a lot of people are going through and not taking it very seriously.

How it all Began
It all started around 2 months back. After returning from my Iran trip I use to get a little leg pain on walking long distances, initially I did not bother much thinking it would just be a regular day to day exertion since at the same time we also had our house shifting work started. Gradually the pain started increasing and the walking time started reducing.


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Starting with my Treatment
I decided to visit the Doctor and he mentioned it was a regular Sciatica pain and gave me some medicines saying it would settle down in 5 to 6 days. I completed the prescribed medicines but there was no difference. I was still not very serious and taking it very lightly. After another few days when I felt the pain was just not going while walking I decided to visit an Orthopedic doctor, with his suggestion we got an MRI done. On the results he pressed the panic button on me mentioning I had a large disc bulging out between L5 and S1 and surgery needs to be done at urgency. Mentally I was not at all prepared for it, so my immediate reaction was no and also I decided that I will not panic, do some proper research and then come to any conclusion. Also the surgery Doctor mentioned to me in Muscat sounded very complicated and it kind of scared me off as I did not want any fidgeting with the Spine.
In the mean time I started with Physiotherapy sessions and I was looking out for an alternative therapy which would give me a permanent long term relief. I also started with Ayurvedic massage therapies. After around 20 days of therapies I was relieved of the pain and my walking got normal.

Then I traveled to India. Though I knew the pressure from the nerve was relieved but I knew the root cause still existed and I had to work towards it. I had read about Acupuncture treatment being very effective for bulging disc, so the day I arrived to Mumbai the same day I visited an Acupuncture Doctor. On seeing my reports he too mentioned that my case was bad, the bulge was very big and there was 20% chance that the treatment may not work. So I told him that I will like to go with the 80% probability which was high and rest I can manage it with my will power.

Working on Alternative Therapies
In all this while I was consulting couple of Doctors to get multiple opinion and each one would say, with a problem like your's we are surprised you are still walking and even the Acupuncture Doctor had the same to say. He said I should just consider myself lucky that with a problem like this I am still mobile and I am like sitting on a time bomb which would explode at any time. To my bad luck that was the last day, the same night I had a severe attack with all the nerves in my leg pulling and leaving me in extreme pain. I felt that was the most painful experience never realizing that there was lots and lots waiting for me in the days to come. I did not want to go to the hospital that night as I knew that they would directly get me onto a surgery. Crying all through out the night I took painkillers but they also seemed to have no effect. Somehow I managed to pass the night, which seemed to be like one whole lifetime. Finally in morning rushed to my Acupuncture doctor,he gave me a treatment and relieved the pain and then I had to get admitted to his hospital for a 2 weeks treatment.

After this night I lost my mobility completely and not only that to this time I had no issues in sitting, but after this night I was not able to sit. There was extreme pain shooting down the leg on walking and sitting. It all boiled down to me on complete bed rest. The 2 weeks treatment extended to almost 3 weeks and there was no relief in the pain, some nights the pain would be little less and some were completely restless. They would not give me pain killers as that would not work for the Acupuncture treatment. Day and night I was all the time in tears complaining about the pain and complaining to God why do I need to go through all of this. But I still had hope that I would get out of it, so I was taking it all. Finally the pain got little stable and less and my walking and sitting time got to 5 mins, so the doctor said I should now go home and be on bed rest for another 2 to 3 weeks and it will gradually settle down and I would be alright.


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The Final Hit
Just a little over 24 hours coming home and then there was this one another major attack, where there was severe spasm all through my leg and the nerves were pulling like crazy. That night I was literally then wishing for death as it was just beyond my capacity to bear the pain. I was feeling my leg was being cut into small pieces. My family was feeling helpless looking at me in so much pain. While I was in pain they had tears in their eyes. They called up the doctor who advised some painkillers. I ended up taking 5 strong pain killers with not even 1% effect of it, finally with no option left midnight we rushed to the hospital, because by now I felt I might just lose my leg forever if I delay it any further. At the hospital they gave me some heavy painkiller injections but even that would not work. Finally after some heavy 5 painkiller injections pain reduced by 50% and by this time I was so heavily sedated that I dozed off for the next few hours, but morning again it was the same and by this time I also started feeling numbness in my leg. They did an MRI again and the Doctor mentioned that the bulge had increased much more than what it was and had pinched the root nerve completely and now surgery was the only only option. At that stage I also had no option but to give in for a surgery.
He mentioned that it was going to be a very minor surgery of Discectomy and the only thing they would do was to remove the bulge which would release the pressure from my nerve and they would not be doing anything to the spine. This was a much relief for me to hear against the surgery procedure mentioned by other doctors. May be if I would have got this option earlier I would have not gone through so much of ordeal. The way the surgery was described to me by the other doctors had scared me and I had competently shut down on that option.
Finally the surgery was done the same day and I was relieved of the pain. The recovery process started and it was happening very fast, just the same way as it went down.

This whole experience has taken away a lot of my energy and has left me complexly drained out. It's going to take some time for me to get back to my daily routine. It has been very shocking for me to go through this and everything coming up so suddenly. In my Yoga I have known many people who have suffered from Sciatica for long years but never got to this stage. Also people who have went down to surgery it has been a gradual process over a long period of time. And for me it all started and ended in a period of just 2 months which seems unbelievable to many including my own self. If I close my eyes now also I get all the scenes of the last 20 days flashing to me and making me just think and think why did I have to go through all of this.

My family the biggest support for me in this most challenging phase, while I was going through the pain I could feel the pain that they were also going through seeing me in such a state. My friends who were day and night sending out prayers for me and my Healing circle who were wholeheartedly doing my healing. Without all of them I don't know how I would have come out of this. No amount of Gratitude expressed is enough to them. My friends on Steemit, who were so concerned about me and wishing for my recovery, I can't thank you all enough for showing your so much love and support.

I am much better now. My mobility is back. I am able to walk and sit for longer duration. Today after 28 days finally I stepped out of the house on my own and I was so emotional feeling so grateful for this recovery. I still do have very mild spasms in my leg but then the doctor mentioned that's normal and it would take some time for me to be in perfect health. The next 3 months I need to be very careful with my back, ensuring no heavy lifting or wrong body postures.

While a lot of people have been asking me, will I continue with Yoga; and the answer is Yes for sure. Yoga has kept me going strong all through out and to an extent I got all the strength to endure so much only because of my yoga practices. Though for the next 2 months I will take it very easy and also go in for Hydro therapy to strengthen my spine.

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I am praying for your full recovery @nainaztengra
I happen to also experience that pain and still suffering from it currently and not able to walk long distances because it is still painful. :/ Such is my life and I am still fighting for it.

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Oh my dear I can understand what you are going through and I know no amount of words can comfort you. Just 2 months of it has shaken me up so much. You are a very very brave boy. You are alwaysin my prayers. You flashed across my mind many times when I was in pain snd I really wondered how you are fighting this for such a long time. May strength always be with you my dear

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Thank you Ma'am @nainaztengra for all your kind words and utmost support. I know that you can beat this health issue of yours and I bet that you already know how to manage it. God Bless and keep you.

I can assume the pain from your writing, mate.

I am very glad that, Its a minor surgery and Now you are recovering very fast.

Blessings to you and your family. Much love!

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Thanx Jatin, it's over now and I just need to movr ahead putting all of this behind me and just being careful in future. Thank you for all your good wishes and prayers. I feel very obliged.

May you find the strength to push through this.

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Thank you very much @sircork for your good wishes

Congrats on being back in the game again, and wow what a story with your hernia! :((

As somebody who works in surgery I am also a big fan of not putting knives in everybody everytime, but some stuff is too big to fix in a different way. I hope you progress will stay high up and you will be back in a jiffy in your normal routine (because that pain is no joke, Ive seen adult bears of men craying on the floor of pain from it)

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Thank you very much @karinxxl. I am sure since you are in the profession you understood what it must have been like, the worst is over now so I am much relieved.

Glad you are on the mend and pushing toward a safe and speedy recovery sweets. I've had back surgery recently myself, though not on any discs, was lipoma. But, very happy you are mobile again and once you get into more of a routine you enjoy, the energy will return :)

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Thanx my dear for your good wishes and always being supportive in thick and thin times. I hope you are taking good care of your back as well.

oh my god, what a story.. you have REALLY been through it.. I dont know what is up with August 2018 but i think i have to pen it down as one of the harshest months for all,,

SO happy you are now getting through it all.. and very happy to see you back! <3 x

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You bet it Alex, the mercury retrograde gave a very hard impact. I have been advising people to go slow and myself also was careful but least expected it would hit me so so hard. 2018 overall has been a harsh year and I hope its all coming to end with new beginnings to look forward.

I'm very glad to see you again! I was worried about what happened to you, now I'm reading this, how hard it was for you! It's good that everything is over! I hope that you will recover very quickly! Great you back!

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Thank you my dear for your love and concern. Yes I am much much better and on a good speedy recovery

Great detail of your journey! Good luck with a full recovery!

I am glad you are feeling better and I do hope that you have learned your lesson about doctors. Always ask for a second opinion :) Just imagine, there would be no pain if you went on to the surgery right away. You deserve and have a right for a second opinion and always check online and find out as much as you can about the doctor and the procedure. Dealing with so much pain was hard, I am sure, but it was good for you too on a certain level and since we learn from everything, I am sure this was a learning experience too and that you grew from it. I am wishing you a speedy recovery and sending you lots and lots of love honey. Keep your smile on, the worst is behind you 💚💚💚

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Yes my dear, I definitely feel this was a big learning experience for me; but at the same time I also feel that this pain was inevitable for me and I had to go through it; other things that happened or not were just reasons. I had consulted multiple doctors and the response for the surgery was same; only when I reached to this stage was a doctor that came through as a miracle who could make things just so easy for me. Thank you so very much for your good loving wishes. Lots of love to you my dear

So happy to read that you are finally on the road to recovery! Continued prayers and healing energy sent your way. Welcome back!!

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Thank you so much my dear. I feel very blessed to have so many showing so much of love, care and concern for me. Loads of love and hugs💗💗💗

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Love and huggs back at ya!!

OH! Sorry to hear what you had to go through but on the bright side you are getting better and I am sure it will be only a time before you are just back to usual!

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@mydivathings, I am much better now and doing good. Thank you for your wishes.

That's scary. At first I thought you were going to say it was a blood clot.
That's very awesome that the surgery worked. Hopefully you have clear sailing ahead.

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Thank you @mysearchisover, yes I too believe so :-)

God bless you for all you have been through! My sincere wishes that you continue to heal and never have to endure another painful experience such as this one in your life. You are very fortunate the surgery was successful. Be good to yourself and don't overdo things till you're done mending!

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Sending love and healing lights to you.

I am sorry about what you have gone through, but very glad to hear that you are doing better! @thealliance sent me! Very nicely written article, @nainaztengra. Keep writing! Take care.

Sending you much love, courage, and healing. Blessings and more blessings to you! 💖

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Thank you dear Katrina for your love and blessings 💗

I am sorry I did not know of this earlier. Sending my prayers and am glad you are blessed. The power to bear all this pain has made you stronger. Stay blessed

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Ohhh such a trauma..but as always a fighter you came back strongly....sad to hear the surprise pain in your life....get well soon...and join us....we missed you!

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Thank you @steemflow for your concern. Yes getting back to the same rigour is more important foe me now.

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You will come back....👍 take care

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God bless you for all you have been through! My sincere wishes that you continue to heal and never have to endure another painful experience such as this one in your life. You are very fortunate the surgery was successful. Be good to yourself and don't overdo things till you're done mending!

WOW, what a strong fight you put up despite of such severe pain! I really wish that alternative treatment could have worked for you but I guess it was a bit too late for you. I'm surprised about the quick escalation of the problem. May be, it's because of your strong-hearted nature that you probably didn't realize small body signals and unconsciously ignored them. Whatever but I'm relieved to learn that it was just a minor surgery and it worked well. I hope, you will take adequate precautions and care in future.

Thanks for updating us here quickly, without taking a long break!

Oh, dear..
what a terrible story..
I'm glad you've overcome this challenge!!

speed recovery @nainaztengra... it was really a challenging moment for you but am happy your family was your greatest support..

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