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7/21/18 8:32 P

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Do you have access to a pool? If not, could your doctor order aquatic therapy for you?

Pool walking would burn more calories and reduce the pull of gravity on your joints, so that would probably be a really good option for you.

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7/19/18 7:41 P

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It's definitely frustrating when a problem like sciatica interferes with your normal exercise routine. But if your doctor says you can walk now, and you've spent a lot of time in bed over the past seven weeks, I think you might find that walking might be just what you need to tone up those muscles you've haven't been using much during that time. That's what happened for me. I was routinely doing about two hours of hiking up and down some mountain trails in our local mountain park when I broke an ankle and had to stop for a couple months. I couldn't make it halfway up the smaller hills without taking a breather when I got back to regular hiking--it took about a month of reconditioning myself to get back to where I was when I had to stop. So, don't assume that walking won't be effective--give it a try and see what happens.

Maybe some kind of interval walking routine, where you alternate between faster and slower paces, and focus on making the fast intervals longer and the slow intervals shorter as you go along, will be a good way to get back close to where you were before the sciatica got in the way, If you can find some stairs or uphill routes, that could get your intensity level up pretty high, as well. But start with what you can do now, and build up from there--don't focus too much on what you were able to do before the sciatica interfered. And if you have any problems with the sciatica as you go along, be sure to check in with your doctor.

Hope this helps.

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7/19/18 11:39 A

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I had issues 8 years ago. My entire leg went numb.. I was dragging it. Was off work for 8 weeks during the summer. Same as you.. told not to do anything! Was very hard! But.. you can do it!
I watched my calories very close and walked when I could.. I felt it was at least something.
I know how frustrating it is but.. know.. this is temporary. you will get back to your old self!
Hang in!

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7/19/18 10:33 A

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I have just spent over 7 weeks in bed with dibilitating sciatica.
My doctor told me not to do anything until I'm better and in no more pain. Fine I understand that but I have put on weight lying down with no way to burn off the calories I was eating.
I feel flabby again and I hate that. I want to start to excercise but don't know where to start. I'm afraid of my sciatica relapsing again if I work out. I can't just walk for excercise (my doctor suggested walking) that won't be enough to tone.
Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? If so please tell me what you did. Or anyone with other suggestions I would appreciate it. Please don't tell me not to do anything because I don't know how long I can wait. Thanks everyone.

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