For some amazing (and very lucky) reason, I have no back pain while I'm cycling. I don't know if it's the increased blood flow, the pain in my knees that takes my mind off my back (LOL), or just the position I'm in while cycling. One of those, or something else, virtually eliminates my back pain when I'm cycling.
Last Friday, May 18th, was "Bike to Work Day", and so I did. ~20 miles from home to work, and another 20 back. I've been cycling for a few months now (after a 10 year break) and have really felt a lot better. Now, today, after sitting here in a very high level of pain (you know the kind, even the drugs barely take an edge off), I'm realizing that I need to just bike to work every day.
When I take the DC Metro, it takes me roughly 1:15 to 1:20 in both directions. My ride home (the harder 1/2 of the ride) only took about 1:40, and I'm betting I can shave some time off as I get in even better shape. So, that's what I'm going to focus on and push myself towards.
Anyone else have great success with cycling, or any other form of exercise that really reduces their pain levels?