Hi Kris, I'm a little slow at getting back to you on this, but thankyou so much for all the links you sent to me! The last one was amazing. They were all informative and I'm actually going to make copies of some it to take into my VA representative to put in my folder. I was amazed to read something and then realize it's been something I've suffered with for a long time, not realizing it is most likely related to that cyst. Thankyou again, you've really been a great help. Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Blessed Holiday season. Barb
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Fitness Minutes: (196) Posts: 18 10/24/10 3:27 A
Wow! Thankyou, everyone. I read some good solid advice and was really glad to hear that I'm not alone with this pain. I'm definatly the only one I know that has this continual back trouble. I think I'm going to like this team. THanks again.
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Hello everyone. I had L4, L5 and S1 fused over a year and a half ago and still have pain but not as bad. I am limited to walking and some use of the stability ball.
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Hi I am Kathy and I had three back surgeries last year. Had a fusion of L/4-L5 and L/5-S1 and ended up with a vertibroplasty of T12. I currently have a mild compression fracture of L3 which they haven't done anything about. I am having another CT Myelogram done in December to see if there are any changes in the last six months as I am having more pain in my back but it could be because of the diabetic neuropathy I have in my right leg and hip. As far as exercise goes I really like aqua aerobics. Our local YMCA offers a class and the Holiday Inn Express lets us use their pool. It's a lot of fun and low impact so that helps.
I agree with everything Slimmerkiwi said about getting a referral to a healthcare professional to find out what type of exercise is best for your condition. I suffer from a bulging disc and spinal stenosis. Prior to getting the diagnosis, I saw a chiropractor and a physical therapist. The therapist thought I had sciatica, which is the initial diagnosis from my primary care physician based on my description of my symptoms. The chiropractor talked about some compression near the neck. However, the person who has helped me the most is my yoga instructor, who has a vast knowledge of which position is good for my condition and which can be potentially troublesome. She always cautions us to listen to our bodies and always reminds me to just rest or do an alternative movement when the rest of the class is doing the Cobra, the Bridge or other positions that involve compressing the spine. I too try to get as much exercise in at home as possible because I have problems walking distances. I do fine in the grocery store where I can lean over the basket as I push it around. But walking upright for long periods can be troublesome. So I walk around the house at my own pace and rest when I need to. In addition to yoga, I attend an exercise class where strength training moves are done seated in a chair, and of course SparksPeople has great exercises for those who need to sit while exercising. I have noticed that getting proper exercise helps alleviate some of the fatigue I feel when I rest in the bed too long. Good luck finding what will work for you. You will find a wealth of helpful information from participants on this web site.
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I would suggest you asking to be referred to a Physiotherapist to see what exercises are appropriate for you, and what is best avoided.
I also suggest finding a Physiotherapist who treats with, or teaches Pilates, too! I go to a SMALL Pilates class which is taken by a qualified, practicing Physiotherapist/Pilates Instructor. She is aware of what is wrong with me (arthritis both hips and lower spine and scoliosis of the spine) and so when the others are doing an exercise that isn't recommended for me, she will either show me another way to do it, OR give me an entirely different exercise to do. The beauty about going to the classes in person, (rather that DVD's or books) is that they can SEE and FEEL what we are doing and make an adjustment at that time. This is very important so that further damage isn't done. I can honestly say that I am HEAPS better by having these classes!
My MAIN form of exerfise, tho', is walking - putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. I will often get 15-25 minutes walk in doing this 3-4 times a week. The beauty of doing it this way is that because it is on even floor (and with carpet) there is no jolting and jarring, and if the pain sets in or I get fatigued, I can sit down without having to walk all the way back home. It works really well, and it doesn't seem like work, but it also doesn't seem like exercise, so in my books that is a win/win situation :-)
Hi, and welcome to the team. You are absolutely correct, this is a great team. Everyone here is caring, encouraging, and willing to help each other with questions and concerns, so that we can reach our goals and live a healthy lifestyle. Right now, I work out at home. I'm doing a walk-at-home dvd, body-weight strength training(no equipment)and I do chair exercises on my real bad days(toe touches, torso twists, arm rotations, leg lifts, etc. while sitting down).
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Fitness Minutes: (196) Posts: 18 10/23/10 1:27 A
Very early good morning to everyone. I'm Barb and I've had my back troubles now for close to 25 years. I have a service related injury from the Navy. For all these years they've been telling me its just muscle tension. Turns out I've had several blown discs, I now have three bulging discs and also a Tarlov cyst on the tail bone. I'm getting some help from the VA but not enough. I joined SP because I really want to improve my way of life. I just need the encouragement to keep up with my exercises and hopefully find some new ones just to mix things up a bit. I live here in Beautiful Michigan and have many opportunities to walk and explore. Swimming is great here too, only for about two months of the year though. I hope to meet some new friends and maybe get some insight on what others have found to be best for exercise when it comes to their backs. Does anyone else out there have a Tarlov cyst? Other than they are really painful, do you have much info about them? Everyone have a wonderful weekend.
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