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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    Water exercises may sound like there are easy and shouldnt create any problems.
    Using Aqua therapy for over 4 years now, I can say that it isnt easy.

    But more importantly, do not attempt to start any new exercise program, even swimming without first contacting your doctor and discussing it.

    I knew of several lumbar, cervical, lumbar/cervical patients that should NOT swim, but can swim with the use of a kick board. This reduces the strain that can occur when swimming naturally.

    So before trying it, talk it over with your doctor
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  • Ow Ow Ow,

    You mentioned lots of pain. Is it possible much may have been spasms, and now that it is settling down, the areas that were being pulled on by muscle or stress positions is trying to heal?

    Hopefully it will calm down. Remember, you're the customer, and if in doubt, give the doctor a call with your symptoms and concerns. That's what they signed on for when they became the experts! Fingers crossed it backs down more in the pain department.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Yep, I would consult your doctor before going swimming, just to make sure. I have resumed swimming and, although I think it's the best exercise for people with painful backs (as the water really helps to support the spine), it has contributed to me feeling more pain. I'm not sure if this is because I'm now using my muscles more or because the back pain is increased because turning in the water might 'twist' me a little more than it should.

    You mentioned that your dad had spine surgery - I'm no doctor of course, but I wonder if your symptoms could be genetically related? One consultant I saw (and I've seen quite a few over the years!) told me that although I have had different problems with my back, one of them could be linked to my dad, who I remember had many back problems himself and used to keep a 'boned' corset in the wardrobe for when his back was bad. It's just a thought.

    You also mentioned having had a lumbar puncture a year and a half ago. If there is an underlying weakness in your back, I wonder if this procedure could have highlighted your symptoms quicker?

    Again, if you drive alot and sit at a computer all day, as well as being muscular, it could be posture related. Are you able to request a more comfortable, back-friendly (ergonomic) chair perhaps? Can you ask for a workplace assessment from your employer's occupational health team or something?

    There are so many different factors that could be going on. Hopefully you will get complete pain relief from your new medication and be able to report back to your PCM that everything is just fine - at least then, if you're pain free, it should give you peace of mind. But if you're not, perhaps you could ask for a second opinion from a lumbar specialist who'll possibly take x-rays and an MRI just to make sure.

    As for physical therapy - anything that gets your back moving more naturally can only be a good thing, but I'd be inclined to make sure the physiotherapist is made aware of your exact back problems and that they are very experienced in treating people with such conditions. Also, that if a second opinion is required, I hope you get time to find out if anything else is going on before you embark on PT.

    Hope it all goes really well for you - perhaps you can up-date us with your progress?
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • As i studied , i found that you need to go for inversion therapy. it will help you surely. just consult with your expert about it and get some inversion machines and practice some techniques on those. it will reduce your pain definitely and make your back more stronger.
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