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exercising with chronic leg pain?

aces67aaces67 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss
I've been dealing with chronic severe leg pain for 6 years now. I've finally been diagnosed with a pinched nerve at the L5 level.

I'm also overweight and my doctor is riding me about exercising daily but how?

How do you exercise when your leg is killing you?

I see my family doc next week to discuss trying Lyrica. I had an epidural injection 9 days ago. It worked until yesterday:( Yesterday the pain started coming back again:(


  • I found that exercise is one of the best ways to help battle leg pain. It helps me kick in the natural endorphin release and for about an hour I get some of the best pain relief of any. It is always hard to restart exercising after a period of inactivity, but after a few days, I start to really crave the exercise and natural pain relief. My husband and I have built our own fitness center in our garage with a good treadmill, upright exercise bike and squat rack. We put a TV on the wall to provide a distraction and it allows us to spend time whenever we have time, to exercise.

  • so sorry aces. i've had too many years of adjusting to new pain levels. i'm always looking for a new exercises i can do without those terrible needle aching blasts. its a constant battle to find a move you can do. but no matter what you do its a challenge. now the only real continuous exercise i get is laying on my back on the floor and doing bicycle moves. hope you find a comfortable exercise.
  • EDIT - Also - I started this - at 5 minute intervals, a couple times a day. Then slowly kept working it up. Such as- two weeks of that, and then 10 min, after 4 weeks, 20 min. Each step was reasonable, based on what I experienced previously.

    I must admit that I exercise. Probably more than my physio, would tell me, or have me doing, if he were present. I use a recumbent bike, and set the pedals- so my hips do not rock back and forth. I just want leg movement. I have found a happy setting

    I have severe stenosis at L3-L4-L5, and higher levels as well. Caused sciatica for many years.

    I will not tell you that it is not without great resolve on my part. I have to work through about 10 to 20 minutes of severe nausea. The pain levels start to climb and my body starts to rebel quite literally. I have found, by doing this for a lot of years, that there is a tipping point, where the pain flashes by, and drops, once I break-through it - it is kind of like popping the sound-barrier. I gain some peace, and some significant pain decrease. It does increase the natural endorphins and seems to keep me comfortable for most of the rest of the day.

    I find I can only do this, at the end of a day, I have a real time getting going in the morning, but that is funny to say, when on a day like today, I am up at 0540am, getting ready to go to work.

    Yes - I hurt - but I also keep going.
    Never give up, ever!

  • I will try to provide as especially chronic and severe pain in the legs. Most of these were collected by doing a part-time research in these areas of pain. I will also try to give some of my personal opinions and reflections on the process of getting rid of leg pain, is based on interactions I had with doctors and other patients I met during I visited with my mother, and based on observations of the processes and methods that physicians have been made during the various stages of treatment.
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