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GINGYCAT40's Photo GINGYCAT40 Posts: 2,887
7/20/18 12:14 A

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I prefer Drug Free alternatives.. I had such bad pain in my feet from Plantar Fasciitis that I could barely walk, and lower back pain. My feet are no longer paining.. have to thank the girl that introduced me to ....



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TBRYAN-LU Posts: 4,495
6/2/18 7:26 P

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Absolutely server DJD! My low spine looks like a step ladder!

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5/31/18 6:44 P

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My back pain actually comes from my sacroiliac joints.... While exercises for low back helped "some" it wasn't until I was thoroughly diagnosed, including xray exam, and worked with a PT on exercises and stretches specific to those joints that I have been able to keep it in control.

Bottom line: find out WHAT is causing your pain...then you can treat it!
all the best,,
patti

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5/31/18 9:36 A

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Oh goodness! You sound just like me, Kelly! We bought a whole new bed! lol My son is an athletic trainer and so I put him to work. He came up with a stretching routine that has helped tons!! I'm back to walking and getting stronger by the day! :)

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MONKEYDRIVEN's Photo MONKEYDRIVEN Posts: 468
5/1/18 10:10 A

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A PT friend of mine (in another state, otherwise I would have just gone to him :-P) told me to find someone trained in the McKenzie method when I was suffering some serious back pain. The guy I saw explained what he thought the issue was, and also what was happening to my muscles/vertabrae that made it so that some walking was helpful, but too much walking was painful. He gave me exercises and stretches that were helpful with mobility, although the main thing that helped was time. Also, new shoes with customized orthotics.. pricey, but worth it. I realized this winter that something about my winter boots REALLY hurts my back, perhaps combined with waddling on the ice, so I would try to walk less in them (I don't have a car and I live in Chicago so sometimes that's unavoidable!) .. finally, would it be possible for you to sleep on your side, with a pillow in between your legs? That helps me as well. But, finding a PT or chiropractor trained in the McKenzie method in your area would be a great first step. A lot of primary docs can be a little.. flippant about back pain, from my experience. Not super helpful, but your mileage may vary.

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5/1/18 9:04 A

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as others have said, see your doctor first.

i had a back spasm a few years ago. i went to pt, which i wasn't finding particularly helpful. i went for my recommended sessions and continued to do my exercises, but i still had flares of awful pain. i do still incorporate some of those exercises into my routines, though.

my DH (a doctor) read up about different treatment methodologies and found a specific lumbar machine that allegedly helped alleviate the pain and keep it away. we found it at several doctors' offices and at some (expensive) gyms (personal training only). for me, that's what made all the difference. when we moved and i hadn't been on it for about a year (i had also gained weight back), i started to feel pretty significant pain again. a few months after i started using it weekly, my overall pain lessened and endurance built back up. i wasn't one of the test subjects who reported no pain a year after 8-10 weekly sessions, but i started out at 20 lb on it and have worked my way up to 100, which is pretty awesome! i'm also working on strengthening my core, hips, and glutes.

again, your doctor will be able to give you the best and safest guidance. i share my experience as a positive outcome and another option to consider depending on the guidance your doctor gives you :)

Edited by: LOTUS737 at: 5/1/2018 (09:04)
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4/30/18 9:43 A

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Follow Coach Jen's advice and talk with your doctor and perhaps ask for a referral to a Physical Therapist, as well.

I had really bad chronic lower back pain myself for a few years - and it was worst in the mornings and exercise or standing for long periods of time seemed to aggravate it.

I put up with it for far too long, to be honest, but I did finally get in to see a doctor who took x-rays to make sure it wasn't sciatica and then referred me to a PT. The PT tested me for sciatica pain, as well, and that came back negative. What he was able to determine, however, was that my spine at my L3 and L4 was just very "loose" while the rest of my spine was more rigid. So that portion of my back was just swinging around causing pain.

He prescribed a LOT of lower core work and outer hip strengthening exercises, as well as specific stretches. As long as I keep on top of those exercises and stretches, my back pain stays away. So that's all that I needed.

Your situation will be unique to you, however, and that's why it's best to get in and get looked at instead of just trying to guess at what was causing the pain. I also thought it was my sleeping position or even my mattress that was causing the pain - I even replaced my mattress (to no avail.) Wasn't anything I was doing in my sleep. I could have saved a big chunk of money and addressed the pain much earlier if I hadn't tried to self-diagnose.

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4/29/18 12:31 P

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I have lower back pain....so I "feel your pain" as it were. my pain comes from my stomach hanging too low. two C-sections and being overweight doesn't help my cause. I still walk (main form of exercise) I just take all the breaks needed to get through my exercise without too much pain. ice or heat your back after your exercises and do check in with your doctor to make sure there's nothing seriously wrong that a new healthy lifestyle can't fix.



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4/29/18 12:00 P

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Congrats on your progress so far! Because you've had ongoing issues, your best bet is to get it checked out by your doctor, just to be sure there isn't an underlying issue causing your pain.

Good luck!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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4/29/18 11:48 A

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Hi all....So walking has always been my exercise of choice. For the past year or so, my back has been really sore, especially after waking up but really all day long. I think its because I sleep on my tummy and sort of twisted below. If I sleep on my back I cant breathe. Anyway, I've been trying to walk more but it seems like when I go for a walk I am laid up for the next 2 days then I walk again and it happens again. Does this happen to anyone else and does anyone have suggestions on how to resolve this. I want to walk!!! I've lost 18 pound in 39 days. Its coming off (I had to eat more!!!) but I think if i could exercise too, I would be much better off. Don't want to lose muscle after all. Any suggestions?



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