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Old 01-20-2011, 02:39 AM
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i have a herniated disc and its really affeting my legs. i cant barely walk or stand. i have been going to to gym to work out legs but noting seems to work. i tried the ski machine that works kinda but it hurts my legs. is there an exercise i can do that wont hurt my legs much(no pain no gain) and no walking i cant barely walk now i would like to be walking by apr 9 (husbands graduation)
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:38 AM
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My brother-inlaw is also suffering from a herniated disc and has just recently regained full range of motion because of physical therapy. If your pain is so bad that cannot walk I would think your best option is to see a back specialist and undergo physical therapy yourself (if you haven't done so already) so you don't cause anymore problems. I would assume (not an expert) that doing light strength training on your lats, glutes, and abs would be the best exercises for your back pain. By strengthening the muscles around your spine it would reduce the amount of pressure it gets.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:15 AM
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About half a year ago I had some kind of muscle problem (a muscle was blocked, don't know the English term) which my therapist said lead to similar results as a herniated disc. I couldn't walk, stand or even sit upright and was hospitalized for a week getting painkillers all the time (they had to carry me out of my house into the ambulance). After that week I was far from okay and had to do gymnastics on a daily basis or endure strong back pain. I remember that I had to walk for about 5 minutes to be able to get into a car at all (sitting was a huge problem had to work part time for about 2 weeks).It took many visits to the chiropractitian to fix me and still, if I am not active every day, half a year later, my back starts to hurt.

From what I understand, the problem is not your legs, but your (I assume) lower back and from what it sounds like you will be needing professional help. I doubt leg exercises will help you at all, what helped me were mostly exercises for my lower back and abs and massages.

I hope you get well soon.
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About half a year ago I had some kind of muscle problem (a muscle was blocked, don't know the English term) which my therapist said lead to similar results as a herniated disc. I couldn't walk, stand or even sit upright and was hospitalized for a week getting painkillers all the time (they had to carry me out of my house into the ambulance). After that week I was far from okay and had to do gymnastics on a daily basis or endure strong back pain. I remember that I had to walk for about 5 minutes to be able to get into a car at all (sitting was a huge problem had to work part time for about 2 weeks).It took many visits to the chiropractitian to fix me and still, if I am not active every day, half a year later, my back starts to hurt.

From what I understand, the problem is not your legs, but your (I assume) lower back and from what it sounds like you will be needing professional help. I doubt leg exercises will help you at all, what helped me were mostly exercises for my lower back and abs and massages.

I hope you get well soon.
thank you both for responding i went to a dr ( in grapevine tx and im in desto tx thats a 45 min drive i want to find somewhere closer) he said i had a herniated disc. they put me on a machine called spinal decompression maybe you heard of it its supposed to stretch your back and put the disc in place i would like to have that done b/c like one of you said that its not in my legs but my back so do you know anyone closer to desoto tx that can help me and i will try physical therapy too
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Originally Posted by nykolel View Post
thank you both for responding i went to a dr ( in grapevine tx and im in desto tx thats a 45 min drive i want to find somewhere closer) he said i had a herniated disc. they put me on a machine called spinal decompression maybe you heard of it its supposed to stretch your back and put the disc in place i would like to have that done b/c like one of you said that its not in my legs but my back so do you know anyone closer to desoto tx that can help me and i will try physical therapy too
If you ever need a good chiropractician near Paderborn (Germany) I can certainly help you. Not sure about that machine (my case was a bit different, the medication helped me (they also injected something into my spine) and it was more the therapy afterwards that fixed me. Good luck with the therapy!
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