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1/23/13 12:20 P

When you were talking to your doctor about exercises you could do, did you talk about yoga ?

Yoga has several good poses that can help a person who has back issues or sciatica. However, you should take a class with a good instructor if you've never taken yoga. Some poses can help. Others can hurt. It depends on how your body adjusts to the pose.

This is an example of poses that might help relieve any lower back or sciatica you may have.>

In general, when it comes to back issues, a person really should consult their doctor. Will your doctor take your calls even if you don't have insurance ? Most will try to answer any questions you have especially if you have been a patient before.

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1/23/13 11:45 A

Barbanna, I'll try stretching that more.

If I do the same moves on a very soft surface, like my bed, I feel absolutely no pain at all. I just don't get a lot of support in a bed.

I've tried using a pillow on the floor, but it's still to hard and makes it hurt.

It's almost like that spot is permanently bruised or something.

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1/23/13 11:36 A

It sounds like you are putting strain on the sciatic nerve by cruching the vertebrae. It is wise to stretch before and after you do any of these exercises. If you hurts don't do it or modify the way you are doing it!

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1/23/13 11:33 A

So any time I lay flat on the floor to do floor exercises (especially those that require you to raise your legs off the ground), I get a lot of pain where my lower back meets my butt... the part that curves outward and makes contact with the floor (several inches below the small of my back).

Doing exercises themselves doesn't cause problems, it's simply that area touching the floor... the pressure of it. Of course, lifting my legs up, adds to the pressure there.

A year and a half ago, I broke several of the tips off a couple of the vertebrae in my lower back, but it's since healed and I was cleared for exercise. So I don't know if this has anything to do with it.

Basically, I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue, and if so, were you able to find a solution for it?

PS. I know there will be someone (or several) who suggest seeing the doctor, but that's not an option right now as I don't have any insurance. Just know that I will take anything, any of you say with common sense and I won't do (or continue to do) something that might hurt me further. I just want to see if there is something else out there that has helped someone, that I haven't considered yet.

Thanks in advance!

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