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Old 01-04-2018, 07:48 AM   #1
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Should I stop working out?

I have an L5/S1 fusion and a disc replacement at C6/C7 and have degenerative disc disease. My low back has felt great since my fusion 8 years ago. I have just started flaring up with radiating pain down my right leg. I fear that I have herniated another disc, but am not scheduled to see a physician until next week. For the last year, I have been doing cross-fit and have never felt more in shape. I would like to continue working out a couple of times a week until I find out what is going on and get the specialist's advice on what activities I should be doing. The workouts at my gym are pretty intense, but the coaches are good at modifying the exercises. The workouts and the aftermath are painful with my current symptoms, but I am pushing through and am not debilitated. Should I just stop working out until I know for sure?

 
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: Should I stop working out?

does your back get stiff the day after exercising? You could continue working out but only doing exercises that don't put pressure on the lower back.

 
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: Should I stop working out?

Since you are fused at L5-S1, and given your symptoms, it is reasonable to assume the segment above the fusion is probably responsible for your symptoms....possibly having herniated the disc at L4-5. Until you see the spine specialist, it makes sense to limit your activity. You should avoid lifting or carrying anything over about 10 pounds, no bending or twisting at the waist and avoiding putting your back in hyper extension...arching backward.

Since you could make things worse by the wrong activity or movement, and since your appointment is soon, it makes sense to wait on anything strenuous until after seeing your doctor. The risk really isn't worth it. It is good to keep moving...but, gently!

 
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:59 PM   #4
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Re: Should I stop working out?

Thanks for your responses. I was leaning towards backing off, but I'm stubborn and needed a reality check. I have another question. It's been a long time since I initially herniated L5/S1 and I can't remember all of the symptoms. I feel like my pain keeps jumping around to different muscles in my back. It's not changing constantly but every day or so. As I recall, the muscles get tight as your body tries to protect the herniation and affected nerves. But, I don't remember the pain moving around so much.

 
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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Re: Should I stop working out?

Do you have any leg pain or is it all contained in your back? Pain doesn't usually jump around. It may be that a disc has herniated in the central zone and depending on how you move, it causes pain on the left or the right, or both. However, perhaps there are other issues going on.

 
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:05 AM   #6
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I have pain in my leg too. A lot of numbness and tingling that are in a different location than my L5/S1 nerve damage. I can't figure out the pain in my back pain (extending from my low back to my trapezius). I probably do have something else going on. My abductors are extremely tight. My massage therapist said she didn't feel much in the way of swelling or knots, so I'm perplexed. I'm hoping to get some feedback from the doctor next week, but it's a first visit and they won't have any scans to look at for diagnosis. I just wish I could see my former doctor, but he is 2000 miles away...we recently moved. We've known each other a long time and he did my fusion and disc replacement. He always gives it to me straight and his physical exam usually predicts what we see in my MRIs.

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Old 01-05-2018, 11:48 AM   #7
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Re: Should I stop working out?

It is difficult to have to break in a new doctor! I would think they will want a new MRI, what with your fusion and history of DDD.

 
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:24 PM   #8
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I would go to the new doctor get an MRI and then send it to my old doctor to look at it. He then could tell you what he thinks you should do.

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