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Frustrated ex sportsman

AppledaveAAppledave Posts: 17
edited 01/05/2019 - 2:07 PM in Exercise and Rehab

Hi all Ian 36yrs, I have L4/5 DDD annular tear with a broad based disc bulge. 

Feel very lost as have always played sports, keep fit and weight trained then when my back started to suffer more frequently hoped swimming would be benifical/easier going.

 I was alternating breaststroke with front crawl which  felt fine during the swim though forced me to stop after about 2 months.

Any positive experiences of keeping up CV fitness with a disc injury? 

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  • I can’t do any cardiovascular exercise and have an annular tear too.

    Are you a candidate for surgery?

  • Hi yes if I pushed I qualify as I’ve got DDD on a single level. Though very reluctant if would cause the disc above a fusion to have problems. Planning to see how this year goes before making a decision...

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  • Any progress or changes appledave? Ive been struggling with a droadbased disc protrusion and small annular tear for a year or so. Never really that much pain like a 2 out of 10 but has stopped me doing all cv fitness and sport i used to do allthe time. Has really changed my life for the worse. Seen and tried various physios/ specialists etc and all say they are confident il get back to what i love doing but at the minute im still struggling to string any two pain free days together. 

  • Hi up and down it’s been about a year know of managing pain daily. I can cycle a short distance to work but must keep upright. My job is very physical so it’s a nightmare. Keep a diary but does not seem to be a pattern. Main issue currently is pain. How old are you? What happens if you do a cv session?  Recently heard of IDD therapy so going to make some inquiries...

  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 318

    Try a recumbent bike and if you can manage to walk it will help.

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  • Appledave

    Sorry i didnt get back to you! Im 32 years old

    To be honest i havent really tried any cv fitness for fear of waking up the next day in more pain and then be like "why did i do that?"

    Funnily enough my mother done idd therapy for a disc problem in her neck and it didnt really do anything for her. Think she done 15-20 sessions and she still has bother from it - the theory sounds great and some people certainly seem to get releif but she unfortunately has not.  Im a groundsman so like you my job is very physical which on one side is good as i think sitting at a desk all day wouldn't help but i also feel that sometimes i keep aggravating it at work. 

  • Appledave,your best source of information will be to ask your surgeon what you can do and can’t! .....David

  • Hi Rob 209 thanks for the message. Going to try IDD in a few weeks with an open mind. Currently struggling with night pain on a daily basis and like you can’t string 2 complete days pain free. Stretching legs before bedtime seemed to help as use a pillow under knees to sleep make them stiff I feel. Will keep you posted...off to get some Tumeric soon see if it helps....

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