To LEEVER- I am a 62 y/o RN who's spent 37 yrs lifting patients, and abusing my back by carrying buckets of rocks out of my garden; lots of things that I shouldn't have done & I too have chronic low back pain & right-sided sciatic pain. I'm only 5 ft tall & by last year had let myself get overweight (up to a high of 138 lbs) & very out of shape,deconditioned. This past Nov I decided to change. I began dieting, actually just eating more healthfully, and began increasing my activity, then exercising. I also force myself to stretch even if it hurts. I now weigh about 104-107 & am much more fit. The end result as regards my pain...I don't have much back pain any more. Yes, perhaps it is discouraging to hear that you can never "rest on your laurels", but unfortunately that's the truth. I find that when I get lazy & don't exercise; I start to have pain again.
- 6/19/2012 1:20:19 AM