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After several weeks with a slight niggle in my lower back and having had a sharp shooting pain running from my hip througfh my thigh when i bent down i thought i had pulled a muscle but a few days ago i went to the doctors as it was not getting any better despite the rest.
i was shell shocked when after a few reflex tests he said i have a herniated disc and the disc is leaning on a nerve which is causing the sharp pain through the hip/thigh, he has arranged for me to see the computerized aided tomography team at my local hospital and has ordered me to have a MRI scan asap.
due to the christmas break i dont have a date yet and i have so many questions to ask.... please if anyone has had this or knows about the injury can you advise me on what are the ways to repair the problem ? can i still run with a herniated disc ? if i cant run is there any other cardio work i can do to keep my fitness ? if i cant run how long can i expect to be out for ?
this has been a big blow to me as i was all geared up to start marathon training next week as i have places in brighton and london 2012.
any advice would be very welcome... thanks mark.