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Loss of Bowel control due to L5-S1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I lost Bowle control 10 months ago because of bone fragments in nerves and im trying to figure out some treatments available. I had surgery June 13th 2008 and they removed 3 frags. Let me say I have no insurance and prefer not to go to a doctor if all possable. My brother was suggesting acupuncture. I have not done alot of exercise mostly working then laying in lazyboy with heating pad to knock out feelings of numbness and cruddy discomforts. I was also thinking of getting a treadmill. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Sorry you're having these problems. I know it's hard to make yourself exercise when you're in pain but it really does help. I've found that getting out and going for walks..even slow walks really helps. It's good for all the muscles and makes you feel better by getting some fresh air and vitamin D. If you can get outside to walk I think it's better and easier than a treadmill. To me walking on a treadmill is so boring but outside it improves my mood too. Good luck and hope you get to feeling better.
  • I just wanted to mention that my Physical Therapist told me when walking on a treadmill to never use the incline. It causes you to bend your spine to stay in an upright positon and damages the lower spine so just wanted to mention that.

    I walk on my treadmill several times a week and also the one at the gym and now that it's getting nicer I walk outside also. The treadmill is boring yes. It's necessary in the Midwest with our long winters though. Also if you do get a treadmill start out very slow as in 1 MPH or less. Now I'm up to 2.5 MPH but that's it. I see others walking really fast at the gym on them but it causes me discomfort to walk fast on one so I avoid it. And one last thing whatever you do have absolutely nothing to do with lifting the treadmill into your house. That's how I got my original herniation years ago helping my husband carry the treadmill in the house. The next day was a nightmare and many more after that. Ouch!!
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