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8/12/12 10:37 A

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I have to start slowly again on excersize. I find that alot of stretching helps me. I have to avoid certain stretches. I am done with physical therapy. I am doing the excersizes my PT gave me. I joined my local rec. center to workout more to get more fit. I have to be careful in what excersize I do. emoticon I don't want to take pain meds and muscle relaxants so much any more.

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7/14/12 7:35 P

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I have DDD and lumbar scoliosis, as well as kyphosis. I feel like a pretzel. Three months ago I could barely walk, much less exercise. My doctor prescribed physical and aqua therapy, traction and TENS. Three days a week I do PT followed by traction and TENS use. Two days are aqua therapy. On days I don't have PT I do the home version of the same exercises, as well as a few Pilates exercises with a stability ball, always followed by TENS use. Although it is painful to exercise, I keep at it and I have noticed that I am able to do more before the severe pain starts, and even then, the TENS helps a great deal. This has given me hope that even progress at a snails pace is still progress. I am determined to stick with this routine, adding a little more as I can tolerate it. I know I will never be pain free again, but I do believe that I can at least get to the point where I can clean my house without having to lay in bed for two days afterward.

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I tried this and it caused more pain. My Dr said to stop it, which I GLADLY did.

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A friend suggesting bicycling due to the low impact of the exercise. Does anyone have any experience with this form of exercise and back pain? I am a little nervous. Thanks:-)

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Angela,

I am looking for a new neurologist, too. I had my GP recommend a new one. My doctor basically looked at me and said "I don't know what else to do for you." Not that he tried consulting his colleagues or doing anything other than what he has been doing for every other patient for the last 20 years. Can't teach an old doc new tricks I guess. I wish you luck with your search.

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Angela and I had a fusion on L5 and S1 one done July 2010. Well recently I finally had another MRI due to lower back pain where I had the original surgery and found out that the stenosis of L5 and S1 was 1.5 CM and as of May 2012 with the new MRI it is 1.0 CM still. Only a .5 cm fix. I am very disappointed. And to top it off I have some issues going on with my neck that the doctor just brushed over as you probably have arthiritis. Does arthritis make your left shoulder tinkle as if you have a Tens machine on it? Hmmm I don't think it does. Anyway I am waiting for new insurance to find a new doctor.
My limitations go day by day. Some days are good and I am able to take a good walk twice a day and some days well some days I rest most of the day. I am unable to get on the floor and do any kind of exercises like crunches because after I get up my lower back hates me. I also have a bulging disk on L4 that was not there before the surgery in July 2010.

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I wish you MORE than luck - I wish you every success :-)

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I recently found out that I have a 7.5 MM herniation at level L5-S1 and a chronic radiculopathy to my right leg. Just a regular radiculopthy on the left leg. I hope to just get a shot but I think it may be too far gone and I'll need an operation. If I do get the operation, it will be an opportune time to get rid of the bone spurs in the Lumbar spine(nerve roots).
Then, the next region will be the thoracic spine,I've got four bone spurs there,then the cervical spine has five bone spurs there, but it may be too dangerous to operate there. I was told they, the surgeons, want to go after them via a posterior surgery to nip those bone spurs and to relieve pressure from those spurs to my upper back and neck.
My appointment is on june 7,wish me luck. John/ NY

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Hope that your MRI is ok and that your not in need of surgery.


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2/5/12 10:00 A

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I had an MRI in May 2011 which showed 4 herniated discs, DDD and arthritis. The MRI was ordered because of pain and numbness in my leg and weakness of the knee. I stopped walking and did physio for 4 months but no relief. Then I tried Chiro and he did some traction which has helped with the leg but not the knee. I find the more I walk the less my back hurts but the more my knee pains me. I have a stim I use for the back pain and I use an Ice Gel Pack for my knee. I do Spark core exercises, just the ones that don't make me bend forward.

One day at a time. I am determined to be positive and take whatever comes. I am waiting for a consult with a neurosurgeon, but I really do not want surgery.

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Thanks! I've never thought of exercise being "prescribed" but I understand it and take advantage of it. Being healthy includes reducing injury.

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Sometimes when we suffer from a lot of chronic pain, it is very easy to carry "mental" tension and even depression around with us and not even realize it. This will show up in tight neck and shoulder muscles, as well as other ways. Learning some good relaxation techniques is a really good start. You will find that a Therapist will be able to help you properly with that. I would suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Physiotherapist because then your body can be properly assessed and the appropriate type of exercise "prescribed" to you. That way you will know that it is safe for you. The Pilates class that I go to (which is taken by a Physiotherapist) another member there is a competitive swimmer. She has got very strong shoulders and arms, but also mentions at times that she gets a lot of pain from it. She has had to adjust her swimming technique, and the Pilates has helped her with that. It has even resulted in quicker times!

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My neck and shoulders get so tight that it limits my ability and intesity of my work outs. I almost completely avoid upper body weights, but I would like to tone my arms as a goal. What should I do? Also, would swimming laps be beneficial, are some stroke better than others?

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PTBEAST - I have Scoliosis and arthritis in the spine. This causes a considerable amount of pain, even when taking a cocktail of meds. I get the bulk of my exercise by walking - INSIDE my house by putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. I USED to do quite a bit of walking, but can't now. It has to be broken down into small increments most of the time, but for me 30 minutes at one time, inside AND on the carpet (softer floor and not jolting) can often be miles too much. Sometimes I can only manage to get the perishables away. The pain has been getting significantly worse, and last week it took 3-4 days to get the rest of the groceries away. My Dr has just put me on Sevredol (morphine) to take prn, and said that if that doesn't work very well, he will look at another med - a longer acting one. Today it took 6 attempts just to do a few dishes :-(

I think that where it comes to the walking/exercise, a lot depends just what is wrong with the back and what exercise you are doing, AND what shoes you wear while doing it!

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I was an avid runner before my car accident. Now I cannot run during the school year. The stress of running along with my hour long commute to work results in back spasms. I do get to run in the summers, but I miss it during the school year. I have starting walking in the evening and so far so good...


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8/9/11 2:56 P

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My back is pressing on my sciatic nerve. I was so bad for a while I was in bed most of the time. My PT said don't bend forward, sit straight, if you get pain you are damaging your nerve. I could not walk at all without pain. I laid in bed on my stomach to try and get the nerve back in shape. Then she told me she didn't want me in bed all the time. I was in tears.

I can now walk again. I still can't stand or sit for a long time. I can't get any answers if I should walk more (until it hurts), or take it easy. I am so afraid of doing anything to get back to the point I was.

I was doing great. My son got married in June and I had to fly to Florida for the wedding. I made it through the flight down, the wedding, the week of things before the wedding. On the way home a two hour flight turned into 5 hours. we were told we could not get up. I had pain for 3 weeks after. It is finally getting better again.

Which I knew what was best also, move it or leave it alone.

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I have good news, bad news, and a question. I am 47 and have a fairly sever case of spondylolthesis as well as a bulging disk in my neck.

A few years ago, I was to the point that I would spend days at a time in bed, unable to stand upright or walk for any appreciable difference. Combined with other medical issues, my weight skyrocketed and I was in awful shape. Then I discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While I could not train at the pace of the young, healthy folks, it did wonders for my back. It did not eliminate the pain, but more the debilitating aspects of the condition. It has been two years since I have spent more than a day in bed due to my back and I have been able to earn a blue belt, do well in competitions, and even fight in a few MMA fights. If your injuries are not so severe as to make it dangerous, I would highly recommend giving it a try. That is the good news.

The bad news is, that even though I have gotten into much better shape, I still have serious issues that affect my job and my life. I can't stand still long enough to clean the kitchen or cook dinner. Even though I can wrestle for three hours at a time, I am in excruciating pain by the time I have walked even 1/4 mile.

So, the question, those of you who do use walking as an exercise.... does your back adapt at all to walking and make you able to build up to going farther before it hurts, or does that remain pretty much a constant? I used to be a serious runner and really miss that, but to not even be able to walk is a awful. Is there a chance that if I am careful and build up to it that I will be able to walk a reasonable distance again or should just keep focusing on what has worked so well so far?

Any feedback appreciated. Thanks.

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I am finding that the more VARIETY of back exercises I do the less it hurts. I am thinking maybe doing the same every day is too much stress on the exact same spot? Anyway, it is working and keeping me more limber so I will continue! I also and doing various yoga videos and while most poses have to be adapted, the blocks are working great for that and I am moving. That said....I still can barely make it through the grocery store, but hey some progress is better than none right?!

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1/2/11 1:24 A

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Hi, So many thanks for your kind response. I have not tried ice yet. But I will do.
I wonder if I should continue avoiding my regular workouts. Would it be dangerous if I start to exercise?
Of course I had an MRI last year that showed I have Arthritis too.
My situation is very disappointing.

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Hi Elham - I've had similar issues to what you're describing, especially after walking. I don't know if you've tried an ice pack (they have flexible ones designed for lower back), but it helps tremendously with reducing inflammation on those disks.

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Hi every one. My name is Elham,I'm 29 year-old and a new member. I have been working out with debbie siebers's Slim in 6 series for more than 3 years and recently tracked P90X of Tony Horton CardioX. But after 1 month, I developed pain and sense of burning in my middle and lower back in the spine column and sought medical treatment. My Doc said I had exerted massive pressure on my disks. He prescribed me Naproxen and swimming. He allowed me to walk and exersise. But now after 40 days I still have pain after a 30 minute walk every day and I have avoided any kind of strengthening activities like squats, lunges, kickboxing and all the workout routine I had before. Please kindly help me with my problem according your experiences. I am so concerned about my fitness level and body shape.

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I had spinal fusion on my T11, T12 and L1 in June of 2009. I am still having trouble a year after the surgery. I am able to exercise and have lost 37 lbs, but I find what I can do limited. By the end of the day, the chronic pain has returned and I just want to crawl in a hole. I don't find that my family truly understands how severe my pain is. The say, "oh just go take some tylenol." Yeah, that'll do it (NOT!).

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I have my post op Dr. appt on Monday and I find out what I can and can't do. I am hoping for good news after the surgery, but I saw the MRIs and know that I will have limitations. I have always had an active life and will do whatever it takes to continue that. I will not let back issue hold be back and I will not go through a herniated disc again if at all possible. Life will be modified and I will continue my journey!

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Hi i just joined the spine injuries and general back pain sparks team today. I was reading throw blogs to find some exercises i could do which would not hurt my back. I had a back fussion from my L3 to my S1 on apirl 19 of this year and want to loss the wieght i have gained since the injury last august. when i found the Many of us have limitations blog. I have a sister who had a spinal fussion of her L5 throw S1 in december of 2009 and is doing very well. She now wieghs less than before the surgery and rides her road bike for miles at a time. She told me the key for her was getting off the pain medication as much as posible and babie steps. My sister still has pain, especialy when it is cold, but, her words gave me hope. My sister has lost over 50 pounds and i can too.

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I do understand your pain with spinal stenosis. i have severe lumbar stenosis i have been dealing with since i was 36 now i am 46 and have lost ability to walk very far. i have a cane. I never can go for a walk but i can use a recumbent exercise bike with little pain.

If surgery would help me i would try it. i also have DDD and Osteoarthritis along with peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet. But no insurance and i live in alaska where medical care is so expensive.

i have been trying to get SSDI for 4 years now and have not yet won my case.I am waiting for a hearing sometime this year.

Hang in there. dont give up.There has to be something that will help us one day!

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I've given in to lumbar spinal stenosis,every time I walk a short distance,my stenosis kills me. I fl like there is an elephant sitting on my lower back if
you can picture that. I don't know,I may have to get the operation. I was hoping I wouldn't need it until 2012,but...I don't know.I'm super depressed over it
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Hi Linda
Nice to meet you. We have so many members, it's hard to get to know everyone. Anyhow, it is very hard, for us all here I think to be able to live 'normal' lives. As I have said somewhere else LOL can't remember where, a friend of mine is in a wheelchair. She has done Oh so well and I am so proud of her.
I have just finally lost 11 lbs.
I am not able to move so well since I wrote the OP. My feet are nerve damaged pretty badly and have been for ages, 7 years now. There are times it's worst, and times its better. Now is the worst.
I think we all have to do what we can, know our bodies and that is the most important key.
I used to beat myself up thinking oh why can't I just get on with this diet of mine. I was not ready, now I am. I eat 1500 calories a day, and the spark thingy says I should eat 1200 - 1500 a day for my goal. I will have to go down to 1200 I am sure, if I want to be stick thin that is. I just want to feel a lot better with the weight gone.

Anyhow - I hope to get to know you better.
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I know how you feel. I'm 23 and have been dealing with the same issues since I was 18. My now husband is so blahs ah about me having my problems that he doesn't always understand that I can't do what he wants, like I used to. It causes problems between us sometimes, but not as mush as it used to. We have spent hours discussing and arguing about it. I think he has accepted it, but it doesn't mean he doesn't act insensitive sometimes. I always try to point out how I feel frustrated just like him, but worse; especially when he's sick or sore and I remind him how much worse I deal with everyday! Good luck. I hope all the bast for you. You are definitely not alone.

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I didnt know there was such a thing. Thats great. Im glad its working for you

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On May 14th I had a spinal cord stimulator implant. I have 3-4 more weeks of healing. It sure has helped my pain and I sleep better. It's also reduced my blood pressure. I have L4, L5, S1 damage. Along with, disk degeneration. This implant sends electrical impulses up my spine to numb my pain. It goes down my left leg because of my s1 damage. Doing great so far. It's not a cure all. I had it done to get off of some meds.
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I had back surgery on my lumbar spine when I was 18. It worked very well for me. If you rank pain on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest you can imagine, before surgery mine was about 1000. I couldn't move a centimeter without screaming out in pain. Even breathing was very painful. The day I had my surgery as soon as I woke up, the pain was down to about a 2 and that was 10 minutes after surgery. My back still has a dull ache once in a while but its nothing compared to what it was. Not even close! The only time it hurts badly now is when I go against my regulations of what I should and should not do. If the surgery doesn't work its probably because they are doing things they shouldn't be doing after the surgery. You need to listen to the doctors orders or you can re injure you back. I would have it again any day. The surgery was a miracle for me.

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I had my first back surgery by the time I was 18. I have a few ruptured and herniated discs in my lower back along with pinched nerves, a degenerative disease in my spine and much more. Doing anything for me causes me pain and my husband just doesnt get it. When I sweep the house I cant even bend over to pick up the pile of dirt. I can walk but slowly and I have to kind of stay a little bent over to do so. My husband is in the army so hes much quicker than me and gets so annoyed with me that I cant keep up to him but it just hurts to much. Ever since my surgery I have gained 120 pounds. I also have PCOS which makes losing weight that much harder. The stupid army doctors tell me to work out to lose weight but I cant. I always try to but then I am in in bed crying for days because of the pain because I should never have done it in the first place. I dont know how to get this weight off when I cant work out like a normal person. I used to weigh 105 pounds and now Im 270 and Im only 28 years old.

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Hi everyone! I have read everyone's reply to this,and I just wanted to drop in to say that I have lower back pain from an injury to my L-5,and S-1 disks. I have limitations myself,and it's hard to get through just what I can do as exercising goes. I walk when I am able,but still deal with pain afterwards. If I over stress my back I'm in bed for 2 weeks with severe pain trying to recover,so I have to watch myself not to over stress it. So I know what you all are going through with your back pain. My youngest sister has the same back condition,and she went through surgery,but still having problems. I don't know maybe there are some that do recover fully with surgery. I hope the best of luck to everyone.

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TexasGal, I was thinking the other day that I don't know *any* people that have had successful spine surgeries.

When I started thinking more about it, I decided it's probably just because I frequent mainly spine injury, SCS, and chronic pain support groups (online and off) and most people in those groups have had multiple unsuccessful surgeries - which is why they're active in those groups. Then, when I go to aqua aerobics, all the people I swim with have had multiple failed surgeries - which is why they're doing rehab exercises in the pool.

I think there probably are a reasonable number of people who have had success with surgery, but I think they tend to disappear back into a "normal" life and "normal" activities once they've recovered from the surgery. After all, if the surgery is successful, they wouldn't have any obvious limitations that would identify them as a person that ever had spine problems or surgery.

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it is very discouraging to hear folks say that they had back surgery and are not any better..I'm very limited in movement with the spinal stenosis on the left side since last week and I know the worsening factor is that I watch after my 9 month old grandson 3 times a week and he weighs 19 pounds, still crawling... emoticon

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I had my discectomy in may 1998 emoticon

The best thing the my Dr. told me was to walk on a even grassy lawn or field not on concrete or pavement. He said that the walking impact would not be so bad on my back if I walked on the grass.

Almost 11 years later I still have some pain emoticon but nothing like pain I had back then emoticon

Good luck to all and keep those back's fit and loose by doing your workout slow and steady and not over doing them.

Edited by: DARRELLB1 at: 3/20/2009 (08:17)
I got tried of having to fix windoze all the time. So I switched to Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is for Humans because "It Just Works"

Ubuntu looks like a mac, Kubuntu (KDE) looks like windows


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3/13/09 1:51 P

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It is bad to say but i just grin and bear the pain i have in my back. I take after my mother and she has had two back surgeries and needs a 3rd to final fuse the L5/S1. Much like me she would always grin and bear the pain and well so i guess i have surgeries to look forward to. I cant sit back and do the sitting down workouts it bores me to death. What can i say i am hard headed but it will catch up to me in the end i suppose

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I would have quite called myself a world class athlete like you but I understand where you are. I use to be pretty well know for my horsemanship skills and working with the horses kept me in pretty good shape. Now when I get around a horse it makes me want to cry knowing there is no way I will ever ride again. Even sitting on the floor for a few hours helping one of my pekingese have puppies almost kills me. I end up in the bed for the next day or two trying to recover. And of course each time I look in a mirrow and see the weight that has came on I want to cry then as well.

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I keep my weights next to my bed so I can work my arms before I get up in the morning. About all I can do for my stomach is tighten it up and hold it. A physical therapist showed me how to put the stability ball on my belly and put straight arms on the ball to help with tightening the abs.

When it is cold out, I try to make myself go to the mall to walk. Very few stores are left in the mall near my house.

Life ain't easy . . . but it ain't that bad. Sing the song that sells it, praise the man who tells it, you're alive, you might as well be glad ~~Neil Diamond



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I hear ya!

So I had a couple days here where my back was cooperating with me but the temperatures aren't so rather than walk outside I dove into my Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVD. Felt good to get moving and it warmed me up (it chilly even in the house). This a.m. did a few strength exercises and now my back is biting back. Urgh! Murphy's law.

Oh well, so I'll ice it and hopefully it will ease up.

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
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I forgot to add this about my "hippie" friend, he broke his hand in the fall on the black ice.

"Tis better to have loved and lost than to live with the psycho the rest of your life"


 
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A good friend of mine who just had his hip replaced, and is going to physical therapy for it, just felt like taking a walk last Saturday night. He didn't see the black ice, he flew in the air and landed on his good hip. Now, here has twins, both sides ache,

It definitely not safe to walk at night during the winter time unless you keep your eyes to the ground in front of you. John/Joco

"Tis better to have loved and lost than to live with the psycho the rest of your life"


 
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Like John, I also try to walk weather permitting. That would be my version of cardio. When I am feeling particularly pain free I'll have a go at using my hand weights and swiss ball to do some low key resistance and stretching.

I had a round of shoveling the Tuesday prior to Christmas that has cost me nearly 2 weeks of steady pain. I've tried the walking on and off along with icing and heat to relieve the pain. Today was probably the most limber I've felt so I had to finish off the painting of our bathroom. We'll see how how I feel tomorrow.

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
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HI Jess
The things I read are heartbreaking. A world class Athlete. Scary that someone such as yourself can end up hurt, and in pain 100% of the day. However, the upside is that you are still here, and dealing with things, and well, it could be much worst.
Have you had a aurgery at all? Or have you been told that no intervention will work?
I ask as I was told no surgery after my second. One day, after being in bed for a loooong time not able to walk at all, I had an epiphony, and well, I basically laid my cards on the table and told my surgeon I know the risks I wanted a tripple fusion.
Today, I am homeschooling my daughter, shovelling snow (Although I don't reccommend it, as I stayed a day in bed and I am still being screamed at by my spine LOL) But you know, things can get better.
I am sure you have days you want to scream, and then others, things aren't so bad?
Tell me more ok
HUGS and happy new year
Ember

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tread softly, for you tread on my dreams~-

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I have two herniated discs in my lower back, stenosis, nerve root damage and that's not all! I used to be a world class athlete and it's heart breaking now that I can't even go for a long walk, grocery shopping kills me. I do try very basic yoga and resistance bands. it helps keep me a little toned...at least I think that's tone under the squishy stuff.

Less flab more fab!!


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Thanks for the encouragement. Gary's mom is doing really well. I do what I can and it's back to the bed. At least 22 hours a day laying down. And I sure as H don't want to fall again. I still haven't recovered from that. The pain is horrible right now. Sitting in the dental chair didn't help. That was my activity for today.

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Hi Michelle
I think all of us moms, and non moms for that matter, LOL Men too, can just get up and get going even when we don't want to. My body tells me a big NO in the morning, but I get up, do what I have to, then I watch the clock to get back to bed. I rest when I can, but boy I can run all day too. Sometimes too much.
I am so sorry Michelle you are nurse to your family with what you have to deal with, but you are doing a fabulous job I am sure caring for your family member. Good girl!!
HUGS Embersidhe

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No matter what my pain level, I have obligations to my family. My mother in law just had a mastectomy and needs some hands on care. I can say my back hurts all I want but they still turn to the "nurse" to do the dressing change on the days when the one that is getting paid to do it doesn't come. And she sits where she is. My husband won't let me tell her that I need her up higher so I don't have to bend at the strange angle she has me bending. He's always been a mama's boy(a long history of fights of this) She comes first. Michelle

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Good evening all, or both,lol,
I try to take a walk as soon as I get dressed and out of the house.
I can sometimes fool my pain into leaving me alone for a brisk half mile walk.
I do take my cane , just in case.
The rest of the day, I can use the recumbent bike while I am on the computer. As time passes by I don't even realize how many miles I've peddled,lol. My legs know exactly how long it is though.
John

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I do muscle tightening exercises and leg lifts but otherwise my exercise iswhatever housework I can get done in an hour or if I have to go grocery shopping then that is what I do for the day. My back pain gets so severe that I can't do anything else the rest of the day. Michelle

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Many of us have limitations when it comes to excercise, but many of us can still move, and if you are like me, I can lie on my bed and excercise that way.

I thought the other forums were getting a bit crowded, so I am giving us some breathing room here, to discuss what we can do, what we/you like to do, and to give others ideas perhaps, and not feel so limited after all.

HUGS Ember

~I have spread my dreams under your feet-
tread softly, for you tread on my dreams~-

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