Herniated disc folks: how do you figure out the magic amount/type of exercise that will not aggravate your herniated disc? Do you ever exercise while experiencing painful symptoms or is that the time to "rest up"?
My L5/S1 injury perpetually confuses me, and I'm awaiting Epidural #3. I don't usually have resting pain (except awful "shooting daggers in my behind" when lying down in various positions), but I have some foot tingling, and bending over can really hurt my back.
I'd bet that avoiding all exercise would be best for my injury, but some days it feels like it will never heal, and I really need to keep on exercising for my mind/body/spirit. I've tried going on 2-week spurts of doing nothing, and I don't see any immediate impact.
Prior to my injury, I had started really exercising hard, so I was pretty devastated to find that it disrupted my exercise routine (3-4x a week: running, elliptical, yoga, dance classes, training for 10mile run). The past few weeks, I've only gone once or twice on the elliptical.