I miss running and weight training. I was walking a lot as well as swimming during my lunch hour at work.The pool was 7 minutes away. Some days when the pain was too intense, I would just put a noodle behind my head and float. I also used my bike on an indoor trainer and would sit upright, avoiding leaning forward. My physiotherapist had me work on some planking as well as squating to get my legs stong. He also had be pull some thera bands to strenghthen my upper back. His theory was if I have strong legs, I will use them instead of my back, and if my upper back and core are strong I will also use them instead of my back. Make sense to me and seemed to have helped. Four weeks ago I had back surgery (lumbar disk replacement) and while it is going well, the pain is diminishing, I am still healing, therefore cannot exercise for another 4 weeks. One day at a time.
Hi am am new to the team and have siatica. I too am looking for an exercise that wont make it worse. I love to ride a regular bike but I find after a couple of days of riding leads to numb legs. Swimming is not on my list either. Thanks
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My pain doctor just told me to join a warm water aquatics class. I am trying it tomorrow morning. Ask me after that if you want to know how it was. It is for people with arthritis. I only have arthritis in my back.
I get really frustrated because I am not allowed to run, lift weights, now he said no yoga! I am allowed to walk.
I go to a spin class several times a week; however, I need to make sure that I don't inflame my piriformis, otherwise I pay for it for a few days. Like others I do get on the elipitcal, but only for a little while as I go numb pretty quick if I push myself. The first part of next year I go back in for more lumbar and piriformis injections!! The sucky part out weight the benifits....for 6-8 weeks that is.
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walking and swimming. I may get some help to walk well again. Tomorrow is epidural day. This will be a pain Dr. visit and from what I hear, he's a very good one. I don't know if he'll give me the shot in my lumbar or my cervical spine. Both suck, excuse my language,but they do.lol. I just hope it works this time around.
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Recumbent bicycle, Gazelle (I have one b/c I was too cheap to buy a bike--get the type with resistance), treadmill (for some, that's better than walking/running on regular hard surface roads/sidewalks)....um, that's all I coming up with right now.
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Besides swimming, what are some good things to do? I am not allowed to do weight lifting on days when I must drive to work..it causes my back to spasm. The hot tub is relaxing the back so I can sleep...So luckily I am not on any pain killers...But I am missing running and having trouble finding a substitute until I can start swimming after Christmas. Any ideas?
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