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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 08:58 PM
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Poll question: If you had a back ache, would you go to the gym?
Edited on Mon Sep-01-03 09:04 PM by BurtWorm

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:01 PM
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1. Not enough info
Is it only your back or your leg too?

If it's just back, I would do bike or stairclimber but no weights and do so,e great stretches...then jacuzzi.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:02 PM
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3. It's the lower back. Just the lower back.
Edited on Mon Sep-01-03 09:04 PM by BurtWorm
Furthermore, for one reason or another, I haven't been to the gym in about a month. I was planning to go tomorrow night, but my back is acting up.

PS: I forgot to include that option of doing a partial workout not involving the back.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:31 PM
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4. Do some Yoga
That always helps out my lower back when it hurts. Your mussles are probably just stiff there and you don't know it yet.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:36 PM
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8. Go walking with good shoes on
best thing in the world for back pain...then do a stretch that starts on your knees and hands and lower your self to the ground by leaning back on your knees with your face nearly touching the ground (it kind of looks like a muslim praying)hold the stretch and do it at least five times...it will help
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 11:29 PM
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13. Should I face east?
You all have helped me decide to go to the gym and try a light workout--some stretching, in particular. Thank you so much. As usual you're a gem.
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Julien Sorel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:40 PM
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9. Everything involves the back.
And you still didn't give enough info. do you have a history of back problems? How severe is the pain? What type of pain is it? Where is the pain? I have serious back problems, but a lot of the time the pain manifests itself in my legs, not my back -- it was when that started happening that I knew I was in trouble.

I would go to the doctor and have it checked out. Mine started rather innocuously, after a lifetime of active living, and suddenly I was unable to walk for more than 5 minutes, or sit down at all -- that lasted about 6 weeks.

In sum, back pain isn't anything to fool around with. Get it looked at so you know what you're dealing with.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 11:30 PM
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14. I've had back trouble chronically for the last 10 years.
Twice I've had it checked out, and twice it checked out as muscle spasms. This feels sort of like that.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:01 PM
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2. I voted for the hot tub
I would probably streach a bit too..
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:32 PM
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5. I'd do some stretching
And maybe some exercises that don't put too much high impact on your lower back.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 11:27 PM
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12. Thank you, LPFF.
Your being an athlete lends credibility to your advice.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:33 PM
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6. Depends.
If the backache is due to PMS cramps, a good workout will take care of it and help me sleep better.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 11:26 PM
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11. It's not due to PMS
as far as I know.
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U2Fanatic Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:35 PM
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7. I wouldn't go to the gym
whether my back hurt or not :P
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bucknaked Donating Member (818 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-03 09:41 PM
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10. Yeah!
Just rub some dirt on it! ;)
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bookman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-02-03 12:05 AM
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15. Stretching
I've suffered with lower back pain for many years. Medical doctors just shrugged. I resisted going to a chiropractor for years, but finally went and found some relief. My new chiropractor (I moved) got me to do some stretching and it helps a great deal. I only have problems when I forget the stretching for a few days.
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