Exercise road block... :(

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My back flare up has got me at a standstill with exercise. I saw ortho on Tuesday and he believes my DDD has led to a bulging disc in my lumbar region. After starting a Medrol pack, I am finally able to have some mobility back, but the pain is still excruciating when I move the right way. :( Does anybody have any tips/exercises for this type of thing? I miss my exercising and I feel lazy.
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    I have a couple of herniated disc in my back and have had two epiderals. These helped a lot. Prior to those, the doctor had me on muscle relaxers. I still get some pain on and off (probably from arthritis too), I find that putting an ice pack on the spot really helps for a while. I also went to physical therapy and they gave me some exercises that helped it. In the meanwhile maybe you could get a hand bike. I've seen them used on Biggest Loser when people have had injuries.
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    2234 days ago
    Did you ask your doctor about activity / motions that might be workable for you? Many times they will be able to advise which motions can actually help in your recovery as well. (In fact, a quick search on DDD seems to indicate some activity is better than resting in many cases.)
    2234 days ago
    Have had issues with a bulging L5 in the past. Big issue for me is a tight hamstring. Best thing I ever did was morning stretches. I do three main stretches: knee to chest, leg crossover and diagonal knee to chest. Find some that give you relief and do them regularly.
    2235 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your back. I have been having some trouble with my leg but have been able to continue with most of my exercises. I have put a few on hold until such time as I am able to do them again. Have you been to the SparkPeople library of exercises to see what you might be able to do? Good luck!
    2235 days ago
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