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This isn't really a matter of a disc slipping in and out. More like herniation. 6 weeks is more of the window to settle the inflammation and hope it goes away. You may need to re-evaluate your position on the bike once things settle. Assuming everything does settle it is time to develop that six pack and really strengthen the core to prevent recurrent issues.
Most important things to do now:
-Core stability exercices for the small intrinsic back muscles (Google for "multifidus retraining")
-If it reduces leg pain ("centralization phenomenon") you might try some hyperextension exercises (google for: McKenzie exercises)
Outcome after 1 year for conservative management and surgical treatment are roughly the same, so no need for an MRI imo.
my injury initially started showing symptoms over 18 months old, but poor diagnosis by my former physio let it drag on un-diagnosed and unsolved for a while before it finally let go in september - i was getting up from the couch and it twinged, the next morning i woke up with sciatica.
I've had an MRI and am currently waiting to see a specialist. the MRI report recommended a diagnostic epidural injection.
My sciatica varyies from no-pain or discomfort for a few happy hours here and there to an agonising burning pain like someone is pulling razor-wire out of my leg. i've recently started to get some pain in the outside of my foot. I also had some changes to the my bowel movements but the MRI did not point to caudal equina which is at least something so i'm hoping that my bowel changes are just down to a change in diet due to a change in training load.
painkillers like ibuprofen and codeine do pretty much nothing. getting dressed in the morning is unbearably painful - putting on shoes in particular is horrible. getting up from a seated position the same so i try to either be on my feet or lying on my back. walking offers a lot of relief. haven't tried acupuncture and i'm not seeing my physio for massage or release as i didn't feel like it was really achieving anything.
while i'm waiting to see the specialist, my physio said no heavy weights, ride if it doesn't cause discomfort but ideally if i want to exercise i should swim. I also have a set of stretches and exercises to improve strength and co-ordination of my "core" (glutes, ankles, quads, abdominals and obliques). I'm doing light squatting to maintain range of motion but no deadlifting (though my hamstrings are crying out for some SLDL or romanians). chin ups, pull ups, hanging hip flexion exercises and anything involving traction feels great. back hyperextension feels like death.
anyway, that's where i am, hope yours is going better. i see my specialist on the 16th so if i remember i'll report back on how i'm going.
one thing worth mentioning, from all the people i've talked to and all the stories i've read, everybodies experience with this is different - some people have horrendous injuries and recover completely while others have injuries that appear minor but they never seem to clear up. that said, most of the people who recover seem to be the people that WANT to recover. they're the ones who do their exercises, work on posture, etc, and recover properly. it doesn't have to be the end of your career as a sportsperson.
If you work on a desk, take a walk around the office every 15 to 30 minutes.
You might also consider a standing desk:
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