HI Michelle, Naproxen (Generic Aleve) helps me a lot too. I take 2 twice a day almost every day for back pain. Did the physical therapist give you home exercises? I am in physical therapy now, and we are working on exercises I can do at home every day. It's hard, because some of the exercises make me worse, especially the ones laying on my back. We are starting to do standing ab strengthening exercises with exercise bands knotted and closed into a door.
Good luck, Sandy
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I do chair exercises. I do toe touches, forward bends, torso twists, side bends, leg lifts, arm rotations, etc. all while sitting in a chair without arms, or on the edge of the bed. You can also do them standing while using a chair for support. You can hold a canned good in each hand to add a little resistance. Some days I put on a cd and dance, even if its only a song or two. If you have to break your workout up into 2 or 3, 5 minute workouts, that's fine too. Just start slowly and work your way up. Good luck!
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Based on the MRI you have now, which altho' over a year old, there is still sufficient information for a Physiotherapist (preferably) or Dr to advise. How much would it cost for an appointment with either one of them? The Physio is better qualified re the exercise for those problems that the family Dr who can general only suggest basics.
Regardless, it is still inadvisable for any of us to suggest specific exercises.
I no longer have insurance so going to see a specialist or doctors will be thousands of dollars. And my MRI is over a year old so new ones would be 4 to 5 thousand dollars that's why I was looking for advice here
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It would be totally inappropriate for any of us to suggest specific exercises for you because of your condition. What may be beneficial for one could be detrimental for another. As an example, I have Arthritis of the spine. There are many exercises that are beneficial for that, BUT I also have Scoliosis. This means that some of those exercises for arthritis are strongly recommended to avoid. I also suffer from Sciatica, and this means that some of those again are ill-advised.
Ask your Dr for a referral to a Physiotherapist, take any x-rays and reports that you have, and find out what exercises are safe for you.
I would suggest that some walking (even 5-10 minutes on the flat) is beneficial, and also if you have a swimming pool handy, that would be a good form of exercise.
Keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on, AND how you get on with the referral.
I have been dealing with a bulging disc in my l4/l5 that presses on my sciatic nerve since october of 2009 with the pain radiating down my left leg. It got pretty severe last year and at its worst i couldnt stand for more than 10 min without being brought to tears. I did all of the physical therapy and chiropractic care that my insurance would allow but was still in moderate pain up december of 2010. During the year that i was in alot of pain i put on close to 50 lbs from not moving a much as i used to. I was never super fit before but i was never as heavy as i am now. I think im ready to start an exercise plan but im afraid of starting one because im really nervous ill end up in constant pain again (I still have some bad days but usually a couple of naproxen will get me on my feet for the day).
Sorry that was so long but does anyone know of any exercises to start off with so i can ease myself back into this and is anyone else scared to start exercising again after a back injury?
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