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Herniated Discs and the Stairs

Who has any advice or experience with the help or the hassle that stairs would create, as I learn to live with a herniated L4-L5 disc? We're thinking about moving into a house with stairs, while our current home is a ranch style - I've seen some posts that using stairs can actually help the healing and strengthening process. Comments anyone?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/31/2014 - 9:24 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Going down stairs is far worse for me than going up them. I can walk up a flight of stairs normally, but when I go down I have to go one at a time, usually. Right foot down, left foot down on the same stair. Repeat until at the bottom.

    I have stairs in my house, but I wish I didn't!
    (see profile for medical details)

    I *heart* my TENS unit.
  • Besides the pain, I'm extremely klutzy & fear falling. Two years ago we were looking to rent a house, & put in 2 applications for 2 houses with stairs that were rejected. We ended up with a 1 story. Thank God, because the move was what did me in. There is no way I could live in a house with stairs.
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
  • I think it really depends what's wrong with your spine. I have a lot of restrictions, particularly regarding exercises but steps & stairs have never been one. In England 1 story houses are called bungalows & in the past a lot of Londoners have retired into them so much so that doctors warn of getting "Bungalow Legs" advising that climbing stairs is great exercise for the elderly.

    Having said that, I live in a big house with a lot of stairs. Fortunately we have some bedrooms on the ground floor..some weeks pass without me ever going upstairs!! There are times I use them for slow & steady exercise. My minds very divided on this as you can tell. ;-)

    I hope you make the right choice for you. My funny husband says, "yes, live in a house with stairs..just don't keep anything important up there!!"
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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