In addition to what slimmerkiwi stated, (and re-emphasizing....) are you able to see a physical therapist? I was skeptical but mine was able to show me safe exercises to strengthen my core. After doing those for a few months I was able to start cardio exercises again and by continuing to do them I'm feeling a lot stronger. If you can find a good one, I think a physical therapist might be able to help you!
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Hi - welcome to our Team. It sounds to me like you could be suffering from depression, too, and that isn't uncommon when there are chronic health issues including pain.
I would suggest that before you start doing any exercises, talk to you Dr to see what you can do and what is best left alone. Also, ask for a referral to a Physiotherapist so that you can be assessed by a health professional who specializes in this sort of thing. They will give you the appropriate exercises and ensure that you are safe doing them. I suggest Pilates - BUT taken by a qualified Pilates Instructor who is also a qualified Physiotherapist. My one has been invaluable - she has seen my x-rays re Arthritis of the spine/hip and Scoliosis of the spine. Because she has qualified knowledge she is able to steer me away from the exercises that can do harm and give me an alternative to do. Pilates actually focuses on the core muscles, but also includes all other exercises. It helps with our posture, our breathing, and after a while even gives the impression of having lost weight, even if we haven't :-)
I suggest that you DON'T do the exercises that we get in DVD format and in books because we don't know if we are doing them properly. My Instructor often has to adjust our positions - sometimes by as little as 1 inch, and that can make the difference between doing good and doing harm.
UNTIL you have been properly assessed re exercises, I would only suggest gentle walking and perhaps pool therapy - i.e. walking in a pool burns heaps of calories and helps strengthen muscles because you are pushing through water which is obviously much more dense than air!
Where it comes to what I suspect is depression, talk with your Dr about what is going on and if need be, ask for a referral to a Therapist. They can actually be helpful with pain relief, too, because the relaxation techniques that they can teach us helps us to reduce the stress in our body. We often tense our muscles without even realizing this, and it can cause severe pain as a result.
I have been living with pain for over six years. I have just recently be diagnosed as having four protruding disc in my lower back. I also have signs of degradation on two of my discs mid back, however have not had an MRI for that yet. Pain is starting to be a regular thing for me now and sometimes I am lucky to just get out of bed. As of now I am in rest mode and in the process of bumping my meds up which I have to do slowly due to side effects. My goals are to get a bit more active and hopefully start working on strengthening my core muscles which I am sure will help immensely. However I seem to motivation sporadicly. Sometimes I can force myself to do what needs to be done but most days I am in a slump of sorts. I am getting more and more determined to try to get some of my life back. I know I can not do everything that I want to do anymore but it would be nice to have the ability to do more. But for me just starting is hard. I am going to find one or two exercises to do for a few days and then work my way up to doing more slowly. If anyone has any suggestions or tips for what exercises to do, or ways to keep my motivation even when I hurt it would be appreciated.
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