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    Workout with herniated disc.

    So last week I decided to get serious again with my diet and hitting the gym, well after 1 day back in the gym I managed to re-agitate my herniated disc to the point that I ended up going to the ER at 2:00 am because the pain was unbearable no matter what I tried. My question is this it is getting a little better but still very tight and some sciatic nerve pain what can I do that will be very low impact on my back but still get a decent workout while this heals, I know the disc is going to be an ongoing problem but Im just wanting to get moving again until this flare up subsides. Thanks in advance for the help.
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    Have you tried visiting a chiropractor?

    ..the last thing you want to do is head back to the gym, and hur tit again, and this might not sound pleasant but you might have to sacrifice a few months, or more of training in order to allow your back to fully re-strengthen itself.
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    Originally Posted by MikeB1978 View Post
    So last week I decided to get serious again with my diet and hitting the gym, well after 1 day back in the gym I managed to re-agitate my herniated disc to the point that I ended up going to the ER at 2:00 am because the pain was unbearable no matter what I tried. My question is this it is getting a little better but still very tight and some sciatic nerve pain what can I do that will be very low impact on my back but still get a decent workout while this heals, I know the disc is going to be an ongoing problem but Im just wanting to get moving again until this flare up subsides. Thanks in advance for the help.
    What was your doctors recommendation regarding using the gym? I would go off these guidelines. A lot of people use swimming as a means to keep and shape while recovering from injury. You may also want to look into Yoga to help stretch/work the back. Probably the best bet is for you to take it very very slow if only one day back at the gym aggravated your disc. Work on nutrition and building you body back up to use the gym rather then jumping right in to lift weights.
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    Have your doc refer you to a Physical Therapist. This is definitely not something to mess around with on your own; the consequences could dog you for the rest of your life.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Have your doc refer you to a Physical Therapist. This is definitely not something to mess around with on your own; the consequences could dog you for the rest of your life.
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    Unfortuanately I lost my job about a month ago so no insurance for chiro or pt I have been through this before and just let it work itself out, its just really bugging me to be so sedentary when I finally got the drive and motivation to get up and do something about my image. I think what really did me in at the gym was trying to do some back extensions or hyperextensions whatever you call them to hopefully strengthen my back to avoid this very problem (kinda backfired on me) Right now all I have to do is help my wife around the house when I can and chase 3 kids around which I cant even do very well right now. Maybe I will give the swimming a whirl and see how it goes. I was already looking at starting yoga to increase flexibility, I was into martial arts years ago and was very flexible and that seemed to make a world of difference in everything. I was curious what kind of benefit people were getting from yoga, some threads I have read said that it wasnt worth the time but it seemed like a good bet for me. Thanks for the advice.
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    Originally Posted by MikeB1978 View Post
    Unfortuanately I lost my job about a month ago so no insurance for chiro or pt I have been through this before and just let it work itself out, its just really bugging me to be so sedentary when I finally got the drive and motivation to get up and do something about my image. I think what really did me in at the gym was trying to do some back extensions or hyperextensions whatever you call them to hopefully strengthen my back to avoid this very problem (kinda backfired on me) Right now all I have to do is help my wife around the house when I can and chase 3 kids around which I cant even do very well right now. Maybe I will give the swimming a whirl and see how it goes. I was already looking at starting yoga to increase flexibility, I was into martial arts years ago and was very flexible and that seemed to make a world of difference in everything. I was curious what kind of benefit people were getting from yoga, some threads I have read said that it wasnt worth the time but it seemed like a good bet for me. Thanks for the advice.
    You can change your "image" by swimming and yoga. Heck, you can change your image by correcting your diet. People on here probably said yoga isn't worth the time because it doesn't directly relate to building muscle. This is a bodybuilding forum, it is expected. Go do research into people with back problems who have found great relief through Yoga. Those people won't tell you Yoga is a waste of time.
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