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27 Jul 2005

excercise and backache
A specialist told my GP 16years ago (After seeing my back X-rays) that I should go lie down every time I feel like excercising because of scoliosis. I am a 54yr old woman, weigh 63kg am 1,75m tall and have been excercising now for 7yrs, 5 times a week. I swim a km one day, do interval training on the treadmill once a week, cross-train and row once a week and do circuit after my cardio 3 times a week. My back has now started acting up and allthough I have cut down on jogging to no more than 8km a week, I cant sleep at night because of the pain. I dont know which excercises causes the pain and have tried by elimination to find out but without success. I want to keep on excercising for as long as I possibly can as I am not willing to risk a back opera-tion. Can you give me your thoughts here please!
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01 Jan 0001

HI there

I agree with the comments of Runner on the forum. I think that you should have it seen to, and while I understand your concerns regarding surgery, this may be the best and in fact the safest thing you can do. Unfortunately, while the doctor who told you 16 years ago was being a little over the top, things like running may cause some pain, and so fighting against this will not do you any good. In fact, there was a time when exercise was considered an effective form of treatment for the condition, but it fell out of favour for some reason. HOwever, a lot of this exercise refers to strength and posture training, doing things like yoga, pilates and weight work, and not running, though it is possible that if you can add in some yoga or posture work, your pain will decrease sufficiently to allow more cardio training. I still do think that swimming should be possible in the meantime.

However, as I suggested, I do strongly believe that the best course of action is to see a specialist and then get his and perhaps a second opinion. I know the expense and time may put you off, but it is quality of life we are talking about and in the long term, definitely the safer option.

Good luck
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