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Facet syndrome, hyperlordosis, piriformis and weak core

Jan 04, 2015 12:10 AM

Former athlete with the above. Massage, stim and lumbar traction help. I am told to avoid high impact, squats, deadlifts and running. As a former collegiate athlete and crossfitter, I'm can't seem to find activities to keep me in shape that I enjoy. I find myself just laying around when my back starts to hurt even just a 2 out of 10. Therapy has helped a ton and now I only go as needed. Seems like every 2 weeks I need to go and get stim and traction. It works well on my back, but my pocket book is suffering. Anyone have advice on core strength, yoga, pain relief, foam roller, inversion, strength training or heat? Pain at most now is 5 out of 10. It was a lot worse and I don't wish to end up that way. I'm told I have facet syndrome, mild DDD at L3-L4, L4-L5 and a shorter left leg (that corrects after traction). A massage therapist wants to release my psoas muscles. Thoughts?

Jan 04, 2015 8:22 AM

I have DDD, osteoarthritis, and facet stenosis at multiple levels in my spine. C4-7 were fused in the 90's but DDD taking its toll. I had unrelated surgery in 2010 that set off many other issues including fibromyalgia.

Because it hurt to sit, stand walk or lay down, I was sent to a pain clinic. I spent the last 2 years having steroid nerve block injections, all down my spine. It has worked best for me because of huge list of med allergies. I also have a TENS unit and use Voltaren gel and Tramadol & Tylenol arthritis.

Unfortunately I can't do many exercises because when I do it triggers something else (like core strengthening flared neck issues & migraines). I have gentle movements for staying flexible because if I don't I tend to stiffen up. I also use stretch bands & 2 lb weights for my arms. I'm 53 and began getting sick in 2008 or 09. This past year has been my best since, but not pain free.

I wish you blessings for a return to better health!

Jan 04, 2015 11:08 AM

I don't suffer your illness. I do have a myriad of my own. All of which make it near impossible to be an active person. Aside from that, start s-l-o-w with yoga and pilates. Both 'sound' inactive, yet they strengthen the body and core beyond most hasrh exercises. Be safe. God bless.

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