What Herniated Discs Taught Me

This year marks the third year since I’ve been first diagnosed with Herniated Discs or what most Indonesian calls it as pinched nerves.

For nearly three years I have been living and trying to manage this pain.

Since I’ve been working again, flare ups also happening more often. My flare up is not pretty as my left foot will look twisted, the muscles on that leg will be very tense and feels like they are being ripped right out my skin. It hurts, that sciatica pain!

Maybe it’s the heels I’ve been wearing AT work (I wear sneakers for my commute and I have a flat shoes under my desk that I wear often). Yet being the job post that I’m in, looking formal and professional is a must. I do kick off my heels under the desk whenever possible.

what herniated discs taught me

What herniated discs taught me over these years:

  • Your health matters. Really! Seriously! When simple movements as standing up or even laying down become too painful that you got smacked in the face with how precious your health really is. When you take things for granted…being in excruciating pain makes you realize how important it really is to be healthy!
  • Listen to your body. You only have one body and your body communicates to you through these symptoms. Yes, it is easy to ignore or becoming oblivious to the signs but eventually the signs will be so big that you won’t be able to ignore it anymore and you must deal with the problem. Paying close attentions to your body and how it reacts to certain movements, certain workouts clearly that’s what I have been learning to do. Honor the ever so subtle ways your body are communicating with you.
  • Workout because you love your body! Not because you hate it. When you have agonizing pain the last you thing you do is to “Kill yourself” at the gym. No, no, no. Workout because you love yourself, your body…knowing that you are taking good care of your body. What’s the point of going ‘hardcore’ at the gym then risking doing more damaged to myself? Pushing through the pain is not worth it especially when you have a medical condition.
  • Be mindful. This is quite challenging for me but I’ve learn to be aware of my posture, to make sure I get up very 20 minutes or so for a few minutes and things like that.
  • It is a process. There is no quick fix for herniated discs. What might works for some may not work for me. Avoiding surgery is what I choose and I know the healing process will not happen over night. There will be good days and bad days. I’ll just have to be in the now and be grateful.

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  1. May 12, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Gosh, so sorry. We really do need to listen to our bodies, take care, love Mackenzie xx

  2. May 14, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I’m not a good English writer but I’ll give it a go. I found this blog coincidentally following a link on KEB Facebook site. A moment later, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen ended up spending most of last night reading instead of sleeping! I’m at work and feeling so sleepy now, haha. Now and then I had to stop myself not to weep too loud as my 2 year old boy was snoring on the other side of my bed (husband’s away). Soon I realise after reading page after page that I could also feel the anger, the pain, the frustration, and all emotions you shared through your almost-native English writing which I never have enough confidence to do so. Having read your life stories with all the ups and downs I declare myself a new fans of this site from now on. And for all your courage and bravery, I take my hat off to that! Salam kenal, mbak 🙂 ps: hope you feel better

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