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9/7/09 10:55 P

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How True!
And you want to keep going so badly.
I went to the gym last week and my back hurt so bad. I have lots of friends and most know about my back. I was standing around talking cause the pain would NOT ease off. I stayed to talk to friends so i wouldn't get depressed being at home. Someone walked up and said...
Is all your going to do is talk today...
So I turned around and told them where to kiss matter of factly and then said...I will gladlt change places with you. I will work out for you and you talk but you have to take my back with you!
They said Whaa Whaa... Lordy that ticked me off.
You know what I mean!

If you want to succeed. Be like a duck; Above the surface, serene & calm, But below the surface,Paddle Like Crazy


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9/7/09 10:47 P

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Hey LADYCOCOA...long time no see! So glad to have you posting again. Great points about walking some being better than laying a lot. I always say the first 10 steps are the WORST! But I feel so much better after I make the effort.

The hardest part with this back pain is knowing what is good or okay pain and what is bad pain that means you should stop immediately.
SF

More people will die from hit-or-miss eating than from hit-and-run driving.
- Duncan Hines, food critic
If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning. Gwen Goodnight (Jennifer Crusie)


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9/7/09 9:59 P

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You never know how to truly appreciate your back until you begin to lose your ability to do things.

It is better to keep moving but I agree with you all that the colder it gets the worse you hurt.
I haven't written in a while. I have degenerative disc disease and also Atrophy. Recently had a MRI of my neck and all I know so far is that 3 disc are barely there and they want to do surgery. I don't think so as I don't have insurance. I have a torn disc in the center of my back and l4 and l5 are gone. I have bone on bone with nerve damage. And they said they can't do surgery on the lower part of my spine.
I take pain meds and muscle relaxers and love my heating pad.

I go to the gym when I can. Though lately the pain has been unbearable I do what I can. I find walking helps me 100x more than sitting or laying down. The stronger your Ab muscles the better off you are and there a tons you can do for the Abs without sit ups. So I try to do those as often as possible.
Gee whiz though sometimes you just want to scream... Right!
LadyCocoa

If you want to succeed. Be like a duck; Above the surface, serene & calm, But below the surface,Paddle Like Crazy


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9/3/09 3:18 P

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HI VONNIE,

I AM NEW TO SPARKSPEOPLE & YOUR MESSAGE REALLY GOT ME TO WRITE YOU...I HAVE SPINAL STENOSIS IN MY LUMBAR AREA WHIC I AM NOW UNDER DOCTORS CARE....I NEED TO EXERCISE MORE SINCE MY SPINE DOES NOT ALLOW ME TO WALK FOR LONG....I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER FOR HELPING ME FIGHT THIS ILLNESS. MY DOCTOR SUGGESTS SURGERY IF MY CT SCAN SHOWS MY SPINE GOT WORSE...

REGARDS SPANKY

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8/7/09 4:06 P

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Also... in previous posts I've mentioned Peggy Cappy's Yoga Basics: Yoga for the Rest of Us. It's modified yoga stretches for managing sciatica/back pain. Very gentle movements.

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
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8/7/09 4:03 P

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I agree with Vonnie... every little bit of movement you can do is valuable and truly will help. Movement helps your body create blood flow to the areas needing healing and it also helps keep the natural lubricants in your joints replenished. I've not been able to afford water exercise programs and don't have a pool of my own but have heard great things about aqua exercise for pain management. Also, I hate cold in any way shape or form but can attest to the pain relieving properties of icing for inflamed disc injury sites. Having said that, I also have a bit of arthritis in my knees and neck and would absolutely NOT use ice for that pain... only moderate heat. To each his own but you do have to try before ruling out.

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
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7/27/09 5:46 P

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My vacation was indeed fabulous! Thanks :o)

~JR~

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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7/27/09 5:08 P

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JRSWHIMSY, I soooo hope it's your chair! At least that is fairly easily fixable. I also hope your vacation was fabulous. emoticon

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7/27/09 12:29 P

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You know, it's interesting. I've just come back from a 5 day vacation which included a 3 1/2 hour plane flight each way. I suffered almost NO pain over those five days! I come back to work and sit in my office chair and wham! Knives in my back! Cause found, I'm gonna request a new chair right away!

~JR~

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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VONNIE17 Posts: 384
7/27/09 10:21 A

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Keep on moving in walking a little ways and stretching excerise or it will get worse.I kept moving and finally had to have back surgery for stenosisby cyatic nerve and fusionbut I kept moving and not pain meds hold it but just ice and heat moving maybe try some pool therapy if your dr will order it.

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7/20/09 5:46 P

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This is a new diagnosis for me, a new bit of fun in my life. I've had back problems off and on for a while but this came on so suddenly I went to a doctor after two days, that was last Wednesday, and he diagnosed chronic sciatica. He gave me rx strength ibuprofin which does nothing, offered something to help me sleep which I don't need and narcotics which I won't take. It been heat and taking it easy since then :oP I hate hate hate icing anything! Not sure I'd stick with such a regimen even if it helped! haha

~JR~

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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7/20/09 5:41 P

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My poor boyfriend -- I have a heating pad and leg pillow cluttering up the bed every night! LOL Has any doctor/therapist suggested ice? They have for me and I tend to forget, but I don't know if it would apply in your situation. I guess heat calms but ice pulls out the actual inflammation? Either way, I'm glad the heat seems to help you.

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7/20/09 5:33 P

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At the moment I'm doing the heating pad at work (desk job) and laying as much as possible at home, which is hard with 5 kids and a fiance who does little without a guilt trip. It's slowly getting better, just wish OTC pain pills worked!

~JR~

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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7/20/09 5:23 P

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Oh man! I'm really sorry to hear that, JRSWHIMSY! I don't have any suggestions for that. But if I come across anything (I scour entirely too much information sometimes) emoticon I'll be sure to pass it along. Meanwhile, don't give up!

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7/20/09 5:16 P

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I do appreciate the info giranimal, unfortunately seated is my proeblem position! I'm fine if I'm laying down or standing (as long as I don't stand too long!)

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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7/20/09 5:05 P

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Oh, I nearly forgot! The Arthritis Foundation ( www.arthritis.org ) publishes a DVD (look under Shop and then the Fitness and Nutrition section) called Take Control With Exercise. I swore I got mine for free but now I see it runs $20. It incorporates a lot of range of motion exercises, many of them in a seated position. FAYE45 and JRSWHIMSY, maybe something like this (even if you don't have arthritis as the cause of your sciatica) can help get gradually get you to a point where you're more comfortable on your feet again? Check out the rest of the website too -- there are also a bunch of free pamphlets and such, including one about water exercise, which is supposed to help for people with chronic pain. Oh, and please don't feel like a "wimp"! Four years ago, I could barely straighten my back getting out of bed - and I was only 28 at the time. What a bummer. You'll get there! I know it!

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7/20/09 1:42 P

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try walking in the water it eases my pain quite a lot LOL

i also love einsteen and the way he got his ideas I love to travel on the spur of the moment and i love portland oregon, hawaii. I enjoy all forms of art and the galleries


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I wish I could help Faye, but I seem to be stuck in a "poor me" phase of learning to deal with this. It's been a week now and the pain is only nominally better, and no pain meds have worked (I won't take narcotics). Granted I could have taken it a little easier this weekend, but compared to my normal activity level (and this is just keeping house mind you) I was down right sedentary!

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


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7/20/09 9:18 A

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I have read some of the post from some people here, an I have to say I feel like a wimp. I have to admit this has been going on for over 15 yrs an I am taking pain meds every day. This spring I have noticed that things have changed, I used to enjoy hiking, an walking an now I am lucky to walk for 20 mins an for me to walk on pavement is just torture. The pain now is in my back an hips. I have found that swimming helps. It is frustrating when you are trying to lose weight an are in constant pain. I am calling my Dr this morning an see if he can send me to a specialist. I am really upset I would love to be able to work but I cant stand long enough for that. Was hoping that someone could give me some exercise tips that wont cause pain thanks.

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