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How do you incorporate walking?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:43 pm
by Marilyn J. Pash
Hello,

I'm new to this forum. I bought Dean's books 2 weeks ago and I'm having a little trouble knowing which exercises to do. The full cobra seems to put me in a lot more pain so I'm just doing the stage 2 and knee to chest stretches. I'm continuing to experiment, however.

When I first developed my back pain, it hurt only in my middle back and I continued to walk about 1-2 miles 3 times a week. The pain has gotten worse, however, and now I have sciatic pain and find it difficult to walk short distances without throbbing pain and weakness in my left leg.

Should I try to walk more, I feel like whatever I'm trying just results in more pain.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:57 pm
by randolph
Hello Marilyn

I'm very glad you made it here ... lots of us with symptoms similar to yours have been helped here ... but first thing (and this is asked not to scare you, but to make sure you're one of the 90% with back problems who can be helped by the RYB program): have you seen a general practitioner/family doctor to make sure it isn't a scary thing like a tumor causing the problems? A personal friend has similar symptoms, but he's got something growing near his sciatic nerve that's apparently responsible for his pain. Sometimes a doctor (meaning a primary care physician, not a typical chiropractor) is indispensable.

Please give us a little history of your injury; then this sciatica sufferer and back rebuilder will be more than happy to share what I've learned in 3 months of using the exercises.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:05 pm
by Guest
randolph wrote:Hello Marilyn

I'm very glad you made it here ... lots of us with symptoms similar to yours have been helped here ... but first thing (and this is asked not to scare you, but to make sure you're one of the 90% with back problems who can be helped by the RYB program): have you seen a general practitioner/family doctor to make sure it isn't a scary thing like a tumor causing the problems? A personal friend has similar symptoms, but he's got something growing near his sciatic nerve that's apparently responsible for his pain. Sometimes a doctor (meaning a primary care physician, not a typical chiropractor) is indispensable.

Please give us a little history of your injury; then this sciatica sufferer and back rebuilder will be more than happy to share what I've learned in 3 months of using the exercises.


Thank you for your concern! I've been seeing an rehabilitation osteopath who is a D.O. for the past 3 months. After a month of conservative treatment (muscle relaxants, ultrasound, and some manipulation) he ordered an MRI. The MRI showed a L4-L5 disc herniation and revealed scar tissue on ligaments from a previous back injury (15 years ago from a fall). I'm assuming that the MRI would have screened out any other potential causes. At that time the pain was localized in the lumbar region of my back and I didn't have sciatic pain. I couldn't straighten up or bend over. I took prednisone and muscle relaxents and I started to feel better. I began to walk again.

The first week fo December I again had an episode where my back "slipped" and from then on I've had sciatic pain. My osteopath wanted to try a shot next but I'm really not too keen on doing that. I've been considering getting a second opinion although I'm assuming the MRI would pretty well take care of the diagnosis. Right now I have regained more mobility but I have the sciatica. I'm taking a muscle relaxent at night and about 400 miligrams of ibuprofen.

I hope this gives a little more background.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:54 pm
by randolph
Hello again Marilyn!

Sounds like trying the RYB program is the latest is a series of very sensible moves you've made to "get back on your feet"! I'm so glad you were educated enough to see real doctors, and have the resources to get some good diagnosis. And I'm encouraged to read your not too crazy about getting shots and using drugs, and want to do as much as you can to help the healing and rebuilding happen.

Since you have the books, I'd encourage you to read them a few times and look at the articles on this site, especially in regards to MRIs, slipped discs, the role of doctors in rebuilding your back and your responsibility to keep it strong and flexible, and Dean's guidelines for doing the exercises. Windbag that I am, I'm tempted to carry on here ... but Dean says it so much better (and with fewer words!).

My first impression is that you have a very good chance of responding well to the RYB program, and have a sensible attitude toward experimenting with the various exercises.

I hope somebody can give you some good advice on doing the exercises while still taking the pain-killers and NSAIDs. During my first month doing the exercises I needed the drugs to get thru the night (and day sometimes) but I was really uneasy about stretching too far or doing too much, since I wasn't getting adequate feedback from my dulled out nerves ... so I occassionally went too far. I really didn't get a handle on the exercises till I stopped all the drugs. But I understand ... sometimes you gotta have 'em!

Lastly, my wife thinks sciatica is divine retribution to teach me patience. I'm not so sure, but patience really helps ... along with some really good books :lol: