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    Lower back pain

    So i'm 32, stopped smoking about 4 months ago and i've been working out now for about 2-3 months i think. Anyway, i'm mostly just doing a lot of cardio stuff like the elliptical and bikes and then some ab excersises and some light lifting for toning purposes.

    i've tried to run outside but usually about 3/4 a mile my lower back hurts so bad that i just can't run. i used to be in cross country and track in high school and never had lower back pain. I'll usually have some pain in my back for most the day, regardless if i worked out or not that day. i don't think it's my shoes or my form. I've tried a few kinds of shoes, right now i love my Nike Free Runs and i run on my toes.

    anyway, the trainer that we have at work here said i just need to sretch out my hamstrings more and the pain should stop. so far it hasn't seemed to help much at all. Should i see my normal doctor or a chiropractor?



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Chiropractor, but dont make it a habit of going too often.


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    Re: Lower back pain

    is it sciatica? if so you are screwed. i have it bad and i'll be cursed with it the rest of my life. some days it's in my back, other days my legs, and some days i get real lucky and it's both-but it's never nothing.

    what kind of pain is it?



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Stretching and strengthening my legs and back have helped me with some tendonitis issues when running. I do yoga and it has made a dramatic difference. That said, probably best to see a doctor.


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    Re: Lower back pain

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU BET View Post
    is it sciatica? if so you are screwed. i have it bad and i'll be cursed with it the rest of my life. some days it's in my back, other days my legs, and some days i get real lucky and it's both-but it's never nothing.

    what kind of pain is it?
    wow i sure as hell hope not.

    not sure how to explain pain i guess, i would say it's more sore then painful. if i put my shoulders forward and stretch backwards, i feel pain or soreness in my lower back.

    now every time my foot falls asleep i'll freak out and think i have sciatica. i'm kind of a hypochondriac anyway.



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Is it lower back muscle, or spine pain?
    If its muscles, then stretch before you run, and an hour after.
    Lay on your back, and pull you knees up to your shoulders, while trying to keep your back flat on the floor.
    Take your right leg and pull it towards your left side, while keeping your back on the floor, then switch sides.


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    Re: Lower back pain

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU BET View Post
    is it sciatica? if so you are screwed. i have it bad and i'll be cursed with it the rest of my life. some days it's in my back, other days my legs, and some days i get real lucky and it's both-but it's never nothing.

    what kind of pain is it?
    wait you serious? i got sciatica now but i was told it only lasts for a couple months if u treat it correctly.



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    Stretching and strengthening my legs and back have helped me with some tendonitis issues when running. I do yoga and it has made a dramatic difference. That said, probably best to see a doctor.
    I have done Yoga a few times now and it is great. A lot of people will make fun of you but it is extremely helpful. I have so little time for work outs that I'm not sure how much time I will give to Yoga but I have enjoyed the few sessions I've done and you feel great afterward.


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    Re: Lower back pain

    do you work in an office? id do, and i have worked out for 15 straight years, 5 days a week.. and my lower back, hips are messed up. I sit or am lying down at least 22 hours a day if you count sleeping. A chiro trip once or twice a year, and a lot of stretching of my hip flexors has helped a ton.... id start with that.



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    Re: Lower back pain

    I'm almost 30 and have some of the same issues with running. I've recently started working in some core exercises, and I feel like it's made a difference. I still get some soreness, but it is certainly less than before. Try some of these, a couple times a week: Core Strength : Men's Health



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Yep started working out about 3 months ago, same deal for me and my wife, lower back pain is mainly me, she has issues with her legs falling asleep/numbness in her feet after a while. Make sure you are changing it up, ride bikes, eliptical, treadmill, core exercises. If you are only doing treadmill it isn't good, it is a high impact exercise, mix it up, hopefully it helps you out.


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    Re: Lower back pain

    Get it checked out by a chiropractor for sure. My wife has had bouts with lower back pain for a good portion of her life. Some pretty bad pain returned a few weeks ago and she blew it off as usual, waiting for it to go away. Finally went to the chiro after 2 weeks with no relief... herniated disk.

    Chiropractor said that core strength is the key to recovery.

    Hope it's something minor for you. Good luck.



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    Re: Lower back pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc936 View Post
    wait you serious? i got sciatica now but i was told it only lasts for a couple months if u treat it correctly.
    and how did they tell you to treat it? i have been told it is untreatable, just to stretch daily and it will HELP. i do stretch, but it still burns like hell.

    seriously-what did they recommend for treatment?



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    Re: Lower back pain

    My lower back hurt all the time. Went to chiro and then the doc. Inflammation was the diagnosis. Took 2 Aleve a day for better then a week, and feel a ton better now. Now just take as needed, maybe once a week. Both recommended stretching, which I don't do very often. It still isn't right but it is very managable for me.



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    Re: Lower back pain

    thx for the help guys. i think i'll check out a doctor and try the yoga thing.

    as for my office, i have a high desk so that i can sit or stand while i work. So i try to stand for a few minutes every hour or so.



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