I just found out two days ago, via MRI, that I have a bulging/herniated L4/L5 disc. Here's a link to one of the many pictures from the MRI: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6050044492_e9cece6a76_z.jpg
My back has been a mess for the last few years, but really started getting bad about 5 weeks ago. Along with really bad pain, the bulge is impinging on nerves, causing sciatica. At times, I am completely hobbled, having a tough time walking or standing. The only relief I find is lying on my back with a few pillows under my knees.
I've been 95% paleo for the past 8 months, having lost 45 lbs in the process. I'm a former college athlete and am a very active person. To make this short, I'll just say I'm not completely ignorant when it comes to proper training techniques. Along with losing the weight, I've become a lot stronger, focusing a lot on my core strength, doing yoga and stretching, along with various other activities. The extra weight I had put on since college was mainly due to battling gout attacks in all major joints in my body. I have now conquered gout, and then this happens with my back. It's quite depressing knowing I'm once again hobbled with something quite serious.
I know that eating paleo will keep the inflammation down in my body. My last blood test was taken the other day when I had to go to the ER (yes, it got that bad) for my back. Everything looked perfect, including the inflammation/infection indicators.
I'm just wondering if there is anything else I can do Paleo-wise to help. The beef I eat is grass-fed and I take my Carlsons fish oil every day. I will start PT once the pain subsides. Right now it would be impossible to do any type of PT or stretching because of the pain and numbness. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! This sucks....
P.S. One thing I'm keenly aware of is that if I did live during the time of Grok, natural selection would have taken me out long ago!