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2/13/20 5:31 A

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2/12/20 4:31 P

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I agree with the posts about asking your doctor. I have Spondylolisthesis for years at L4/L5 and I took that head on with diet and exercise including exercises like deadlifts and squats. I just recently had a new bulging disc at L2/L3 and nothing I did for my old injury worked on my new injury. We literally had to come up with a whole new game plan.



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Lots of good advice

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12/27/19 9:00 A

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I find yoga to be very helpful when my lower back is sore.

Planks (front, side and reverse) are really good at strengthening the inner core muscles.

I was advised by a few doctors not to do “crunches” as they aggravate my problem.

Google “yoga for lower back pain” and pick a video that looks good to you.

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What is done for lower back pain depends on the cause. Your Dr is the best place to get advised for that.

I had severe back pain for a number of years (to the point where I was using morphine at times) I have arthritis of the lower spine and scoliosis, plus I injured it 2 years in a row. After X-rays I was referred to a rehab Physiotherapist who physically evaluated me. The main cause of the pain was a weak core, brought about by not doing certain things because it aggravated the pain. It was a never-ending circle. She started me off on very gradual exercises - 5 minutes twice a day, and gradually increased the duration and gave slightly altered exercises, then when I was improved a bit she took me to a Mat Pilates class, taken by another qualified Physiotherapist. They had seen the x-rays so were better able to ensure that the exercises were safe for me. What might be recommended for one problem could make the other problem worse. I took those classes for 3-4 years, and have had very little back pain since. I last went about 9 years ago.

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Lots of good advice

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Have delt with it for decades and with back surgery



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definitely talk with your doc.

There are many foods that are inflammatory. The first time I did Whole 30, I didn't even realize that I no longer had back pain until about 2 weeks after my day 30!

Obviously it's something that I'm eating that contributes the problem. Still not sure WHAT it is because so many foods can contribute to the issue, and it's not one of those things that's usually noticed immediately with a dietary change.

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A lot of good information here

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12/18/19 11:10 P

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Yes... it took a few years and 5 cortizone shots before the pain calmed down... It's better now, but I have to be careful not to re-injure it

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I had 2 herniated lumbar discs 37 yrs ago and had spinal surgery. It took four years to feel 'normal' and still I have periodic bouts when the weather changes. The best relief for me is to practice the exercises I was taught in physical therapy and be mindful of my limitations. I rarely take painkillers, when I do it's OTC aleve . Posture and exercises are important. There are lots of excellent exercise books for low back issues that can give you great ideas.

Recommendation: it is best to discuss your issues with your doc. back pain may indicate different health issues that only your doctor can determine.

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12/18/19 5:14 P

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That's what I have today, lower back pain. It's bothering me quite a bit. Don't know why it hurts. I'm guessing I slept on it bad last night. For me the back aches every once in while for unknown reasons. Thankfully the pain typically goes away in a day or two.

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12/18/19 2:51 P

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I have back pain almost daily due to being hit by an Oldsmobile SUV. Have tried almost everything but bed rest, ice and a mild killer is the best I’ve found so far. I was a pedestrian when hit.

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12/18/19 2:02 P

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"What do you do for low back pain"
That would depend on the cause for the back pain.
What did your doctor suggest?

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I can tell you what I do but I can tell you what I do. I tried bed rest, I tried cortisone shots, physical therapy, etc. and nothing worked. What I do now is I go to the gym, lift weights, do abs and other core exercises, and if it gets tight or sore, I ice it. The exercise and ice actually benefits me more than anything else.



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12/18/19 10:31 A

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I use a back brace when needed. Mine comes when my hips are out of alignment.

Learning to let go is hard, but it gets easier. I am not getting older just better!
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12/18/19 10:17 A

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Been plagued with it for decades



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Keep us posted on how it goes. I wish you the best as you heal.

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Good advice

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Hi,

Of course, we always recommend your doctor as the best resource in identifying the specific issue. Once you know that, there are a few common causes of low back pain that can be addressed through targeted exercises designed to strengthen and stretch those areas. See this article for some ideas:
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Hope your pain is gone quickly!

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Doctor advice, not asking random people who know nothing about you.

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That really depends on why you are experiencing back pain, First and foremost, if it's something that is chronic or has been ongoing for a bit of time, you would need to speak with your doctor. Working with a physical therapist, to whom your doctor can refer you, may also be a good idea in this situation. Any advice here could cause further harm.

If it's due to a good workout or another temporary event like moving, it could just be DOMS. If it doesn't resolve on it's own, please revisit my first paragraph.

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