A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Continue reading here.A jelly donut. I have a ruptured jelly donut. Hm.
I'm so pathetic. This knowledge made me want to immediately drive myself over to Krispy Kreme. But I didn't. Yay me! I would have patted myself on the back but that would have hurt.
He gave me some specific exercises to do, several postures to strictly avoid, talked about the use of heat and or ice, and made a return appointment for me. "Most people can heal these disk problems without surgery or injections. I'm hoping that you can too. But we'll keep a close eye on things to make sure," he said as he handed me a stack of papers that thankfully had all of the information written on them that we had just been discussing since I was still firmly in stupid-land at that point.
Good grief. Wouldn't you know this dumb stupid back thing had to show up just as my rituximab energy is beginning to kick in?
Does anyone have a ruptured jelly donut story with a happy ending to share? As in: their disk healed itself up just fine and dandy without surgery or injections?
I could really use one of those right now.