It amazes me how many causes for back pain there are. I've had problems since I was a child. Then 2 years ago I helped the well guy to pull out our 650 foot well pump...2 discs, L4 & L5 burst out. At the time I was working out 5-6 days a week and could do countless crunches and side crunches. I had rock hard muscles everywhere. I was wearing a little bit of protective "clothing" (fat) over those muscles but they were certainly there. Then I just stopped exercising and that's when it all went down hill. Those discs caused so much pain and agony. House bound, couldn't walk, had 6 months phys therapy and nothing helped. I never picked up exercising again because of fear, as was said many times here. I finally had surgery in November and today I am in the same amount of pain as I was before the surgery. Not because the surgery wasn't a success but because I am so weak. I have no strength anywhere. I have been walking in fear but after reading what you all have said I' made the decision to make a decision! I'm back on my treadmill tomorrow morning. No sugar or starches. I'm going to start upper body strength and will work with my Chiro on the best core stuff. It does work. It will work again for me. I won't give up because of fear anymore. I hate being in pain all the time.
So, here's to hope and certainty that these exercises will work!!
- 5/19/2008 12:06:37 AM