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Sciatica

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hi my friends,
Just wanted to touch base and maybe get some advice.
I have degenerative disc disease. It causes me to have bouts of sciatica. I have a pinched nerve which causes excruciating pain and is so disabling I can't walk.
Well, about 3 days ago I could barely get through my workout on the treadmill.
Since then, I've had such horrible pain I can't even workout.
I always stay on the treadmill for about an hour. I burn 600 calories in that hour which keeps me able to get into the only pair of pants I have left that I can fit in to.


Since I quit smoking the beginning of June, I have put on 30 pounds very fast. I smoked for 54 years!
Now that I can't workout, I'm afraid my weight will soar even higher.
I'm having a procedure done on the 13th of August where they will be putting injections on either side of my spine. I'm hoping this will enable me to walk again because just an hour ago I had to get my crutches out of the storage room.

Is there anyone that can advise me on how to deal with all this and keep from gaining weight?

Thanks for reading.. have a great day.. emoticon
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  • PICKIE98
    Maybe breaking up that tread walk into shorter increments.
    Chair workouts are on free videos here with Nicole Nichols. Our PBS station has a program called "Sit and BE Fit" that I have used occasionally.




    93 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    Can you do chair exercises? YouTube has all types of exercises. Here's a example.
    https://www.youtube.com
    /watch?v=OgqVzTWNWCs
    94 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Have you had pain management? My DS is dealing w/a pinched nerve in his neck, a spinal bone spur and spinal canal narrowing. We are getting a consult for my DH and hope to get some relief for him. And I pray you get some, too.
    94 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
    Not having had this type of problem, I don't know what type of exercise is safe to do instead of treadmill. You need to burn calories and strength training your upper body might help. It will definitely make getting around on crutches easier after a bit. emoticon emoticon
    94 days ago
  • COUNCILMAN1952
    Been there done that. Spinal surgery 2 yrs ago. Epidural shots in my back every 4 months help relieve my pain. Good luck.
    94 days ago
  • COUNCILMAN1952
    I had a spinal fusion and decompression in 2017. I also gained weight. I recently started walking every day...just a few feet at a time. I have had epidural shots in my back every 3-4 months that relieve my pain. Good luck.
    94 days ago
  • TWIGBISKIT5
    Pain narcotic and Gabapentin (nerve pain med) meds and that kind of quiets the pain a little. Patience and willpower with get you through 🙏👍. Good luck and listen to your body when it comes to pain. Don't aggravate it
    94 days ago
  • TWIGBISKIT5
    Plenty of water in-between meals and have limited my calories to 500-900 a day now. You CAN do this! Have faith in yourself 🤗. I haven't gained any weight since this all started last month. I walk as much as I can and doctor has me on Norco (pain
    94 days ago
  • TWIGBISKIT5
    Pain shots the last time too. They lasted about a week each time. Whatever you do, I advise you to not do PT. It just aggravates the pain. As far as eating, I had to cut my intake by at least half. It's doable if you have the willpower 💪. I drink
    94 days ago
  • TWIGBISKIT5
    I am going through the same thing too right now! I've had 4 spinal fusions and now another disc has herniated. I was getting in 2hrs 10min on treadmill and that isn't possible any more. Walking with a cane or walker. MRI on Monday. Went through the
    94 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Try yoga for back pain. It does help. Sugar free hard candies or chopped ice when you want to eat, but are not hungry. Good luck
    94 days ago
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