62 yr. woman. scoliosis, spondylitis, sciatica, gall bladder removal required. on morphine, brufen other meds. & walking stick to try & help me get through the days. went through the pain clinic @ r.b.h. in 2001. over past 4 - 5 months my spine has taken a major turn to the right then slightly back with the result that on my right side, my rib cage is knocking onto my hip bone causing extra pain. the whole situation is topped of with my needing to have gall bladder removed in the very near future. depending what I do equals out to the measure of pain & as to whether my meds. are helpful which on many days don't do it so I would like it if anyone can suggest some easy exercises to start with to try & help ease this horrid wicked pain. thankyou to all. reyne.
Welcome to the Forum. I see you've been with us for a couple of months and this is the first time you have posted.
My goodness, you have been through the wars and still going. Gosh, I don't know what it would be like to have my spine go like that. It gives me a headache just thinking about it.
Reyne, you will need specialised exercises for your condition to make sure you don't cause any further movement of your spine in the wrong direction. You should be under the care of a good physio. If you do have one, they should be the ones to give you the best gentle exercises.
If you don't have a good physio, then ask your GP or pain specialist to suggest one for you.
As with all pain conditions, we need to keep the exercise up, but it must be designed to suit our conditions.
Sorry I couldn't help any more than that.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
Hi Reyne get yourself a good physio, one who understands your condition and limitations, I would suggest any workout be done in a hydro pool in the beginning and don't listen to the old saying no pain no gain, any exercise that causes the slightest bit of pain stop straight away. I made this mistake, found a physio who said yes we can look after you, but had no understanding of my condition, after the first session of exercise, a regime that supposedly was worked out as best for me, left me laid up for 3 months with torn muscles around my injury and more.
So take very slow steps and listen to your body, don't push yourself.
hi peter & grappers, many thanks to both of you for replies. went back to my physio. person & we are into the correct exercises with 'hydro' as a follow up so here's hoping. guess I didn't want to admit to myself that things are as bad as they are. stupid. all the very best to both of you. reyne.
Good luck with the physio and hydro. Remember "baby steps" is the only way to go. Whenever I start a new exercise, my physio tells me to start with 2-3 only. That lasts for at least a week and then I go up by another 2. I also exercise one day and walk the next. In the past I have had physios tell me to do 10 of this and 20 of that and every time I ended up in a mess for weeks and sometimes months. I am also a victim of myself at times - when I feel good, it is so easy to go too far!
If you make the increases in anything you do really tiny, then you can get there.
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