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LADYSTARWIND's Photo LADYSTARWIND Posts: 5,692
6/23/19 10:03 P

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The problem with asking people here for good exercises is that what exercise is appropriate is going to depend on your original injury, any lasting effects from it, etc. Its definitely been long enough that you might even be dealing with something totally unrelated to the original issue. So even though I could tell you what works for me--- if you don't have sacroiliac joint issues, my exercises aren't going to help you! And if you have a compressed disk now, or arthritis, they might even aggravate your back!

Have you ever asked your doctor about a referral to a Physical Therapist? Some insurance will allow you to self-refer...like to a sports medicine doctor/physical therapy office....other insurance might require a referral from your doctor. The bonus is that most Physical therapists will want a diagnosis---so that might spur your doctor into taking this more seriously; getting current xrays if appropriate, checking for arthritis, etc. All the best,
patti

PS there is a really great book (available both audible and hard cover) by a Back Surgeon in Seattle: Dr David Hanscom "Back In Control" It is a fascinating read about back issues and how our bodies deal with pain, stress, and how that all ties in. He personally had issues for 15 years before he delved into the topic; he now requires his patients to do some of this work on pain and stress before back surgery---and many of them actually cancel their surgery! You might see if you can get a copy from your library while you work through this all. take care.

Patti
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KSMOMMY79 Posts: 64
6/21/19 3:03 P

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Hi Mlan, I'm definitely going to push the issue at my next appointment. When the doctors blowing off this issue, it makes me feel like they are thinking, your back just hurts because your fat - do some exercise and you'll be better. Well I know exercise will help, but when you can't do the exercise then it's a dead-end. And I know it's a result of an injury and not just being overweight. Seems to be an issue of there being so many different doctors/specialists out there and you have to be referred to one by the other, and get the right one. :)



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KSMOMMY79 Posts: 64
6/21/19 3:01 P

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Hi Slasalle - I was just reading up on some yoga poses including Child's Pose, yesterday and am looking forward to trying those this weekend. :) I think that will definitely be a step in the right direction - getting those muscles stretched out and then working to strengthen.



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KSMOMMY79 Posts: 64
6/21/19 3:00 P

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Thanks Jen!



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MLAN613 Posts: 23,905
6/21/19 6:06 A

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Your doctor should be able to refer you to a physical therapist, who can help you develop a plan to get things straightened out. I have been dealing with some frustrating doctors lately so I understand how aggravating it is. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself.

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SLASALLE's Photo SLASALLE Posts: 17,441
6/20/19 6:06 P

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In the meantime, before going back to your doctor, have you tried some light back stretches? When I had a back injury/pain, Child's Pose was a savior for me, as was lying on my back and bringing one knee at a time up to my chest.

Obviously, if any of this hurts, stop right away. But for me, it helped immensely in dealing with low back pain.

So sorry ... I know how it feels!!

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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 67,125
6/20/19 10:45 A

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I'm sorry for your frustration. I think the best thing to do is push your doctor to explore things further. Hopefully they can get some answers for you.

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 everyone on the couch."
KSMOMMY79 Posts: 64
6/20/19 10:39 A

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Diagnosed originally by a chiropractor about 27 years ago (due to a fall). I've told both my current and previous doctor about it, and both have just suggested swimming. Haven't tried that yet due to my schedule and hours of the pools here, and joining the local gym that has a pool is quite expensive, so that hasn't been an option. Neither have ever sent me to a specialist to have it evaluated further which is quite disappointing. It really prevents me from doing a lot of physical activity which is only deteriorating my health more. Going to try and talk to my doctor about it again when I go back for my next appointment and hope she will do more than just make a recommendation to exercise - which I've clearly told her I have trouble doing because of the issues with my back. Kind of a dead-end cycle if you can't exercise to strengthen what's keeping you from exercising lol.

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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 67,125
6/19/19 7:00 P

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Have your back issues been diagnosed by your doctor? If you've got a previous injury that's still giving you trouble, it's best to talk to your doctor about what exercises are safe to try and what you should avoid. They might even be able to refer you to a physical therapist who can design a set of exercises specific to your needs.

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 everyone on the couch."
KSMOMMY79 Posts: 64
6/19/19 4:45 P

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I have an old lower back injury that likes to give me a lot of trouble when I stand or walk for a short duration of time (locks up and causes pain and discomfort). I'm hoping to find some good exercises to strengthen it up so I can start walking more and getting more high endurance exercises in.



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