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Having to ice for two hours after working out

Guys please help. I have seen doctor after doctor after doctor after doctor. Everyone of them says that I'm crazy, but I am not. After I workout even if it's very light (10 minutes on a stationary bike), in order to alleviate my pain I sit at 45° angle and ice my back for two hours. I have a bad L5 S1 disc. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractics, injections, facet nerve burning, saw surgeons, etc. I just want to get better. My health is really taking a downward spiral, and I'm only at 34 years old. My first goal is to be able to work out and not have to lay on ice, and then to reduce my pain in general. Can someone please help me?



  • JoshGordonJJoshGordon Posts: 10
    edited 04/25/2019 - 10:08 PM

    My MRI shows that I have a bad disc. Squatting accident when I was 23. I herniated my disk, but not all of the fluid went back in.

  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,208
    edited 07/17/2019 - 2:24 PM


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    It is understandable that you are frustrated, you need to write all of your symptoms down, when they happen, and the severity, do your research on doctor's in your area, when you see the doctor be prepared and do not be emotional, explain all of your symptoms and see if they can come up with a treatment plan.

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  • The only thing that they have given me that has actually helped a little is physical therapy. It has taken my pain down by 10%. I went to the gym today and I worked out a little bit. I did some walking and some light machines. I am laying on ice right now. And I will do so for two hours. Has anyone ever heard of this? Any help I would very much appreciated. I need help.
  • Chip, I appreciate your encouragement. I have actually done exactly that multiple times. I've written everything that I know down. And the first question that they always ask is what have you tried. I check every box that they have. And then it seems like they are empty for suggestions. It's very frustrating, and painful. My health is declining, I'm gaining weight, depressed, etc.. Just really looking for some help.

  • Josh

    What kind of doctor's have you seen, I know everybody has their own thoughts on this, but I have found that orthopedic spine specialist seem to be a little easier to talk to than neurosurgeons


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  • Chip,

    Yes, I have saw 2 orthopedic spine specialists as well in my home town. They have all recommended that I not have a fusion. They have recommended Physical therapy as my best route. But that has only somewhat helped. I've gone through two years of physical therapy with 3 different physical therapists. At first they said we need to strengthen your core. I got up to 4 minute planks and 45 seconds side 5 star planks. That's just not it. I feel helpless. I just lay on ice... I just it to be gone... And to get my health back.

  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,208
    edited 07/17/2019 - 2:25 PM


    I had the same issue the first time I hurt my back, I finally had to get forceful about it, they kept telling me that it was not that bad also. A  MRI is a very good test, but at times it does not give enough information when it comes to nerves, that was my problem, I ended up having a myelogram which is not pleasant, but it showed the problem right away, you know that you are in pain so you have to be your own advocate, sometimes that means you just don't take no for an answer, you are young so you may not know the saying the squeaky wheel gets the grease, become the squeaky wheel.


  • I actually have heard of that. Well if that what it takes, then I'm on it. I'm just so tired of being in pain. It effects every single part of my life.

  • If anyone has anything else, I would love to hear. I'm grasping at straws to find anything that will help. Thank you.

  • Ask your doctor about pilates that helped me for a year before I needed emergency surgery. If you can find somewhere that does reformer syle with a class specific to back issues 

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