Spinal issues

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Feb 12, 2014 7:44am
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I was injured in a work accident resulting in 3 herniated discs in my thoracic spine. Before the injury I was highly active, cycling and playing rugby regularly. In the past four months I have been advised to do very little physical activity, however I am going crazy. Have recently started some basic recumbent bike riding for short intervals as well as some elliptical without the hand rails as to limit the twisting on my spine. I feel exceptionally limited in what I can and cannot do. I have been highly sedentary through this process and my body is not happy with me at all. I recently had my second epidural spinal injection with five trigger point shots as well. Anyone been in this boat and can offer me something more ths. "Do what your doctor says?" Because of the state I live in and this being a work comp issue I do not get the luxury of choosing my doctor and she suggests doing nothing. There have to be more options.
Thank you all
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Feb 12, 2014 8:28am
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Seems like a difficicult situation to give advice on. Since its hard for me to understand what your injury means for the body at this stage. And ofc i cant understand how movememt feels for you at this time. Thats why my advice would be try out light movements like you are doing now. And dont overdo it. Stay patient and your situation will become better in terms of working out.

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Feb 12, 2014 5:32pm
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Because it is a workers comp. issue you really need to be careful about going beyond your MDs recommendations.  If your work gets wind of you lifting weights or working out they can deny your claim and then you will become responsible for any medical bills.  Typically if it last longer than 90 days you are able to go outside of who they tell you to see and get a second opinion.  It sucks for now I'm sure but try and be patient so you don't lose your comp. claim.  Herniations in the thoracic region are less common than in the low back and neck because with the attachment of the thoracic spine with the ribs they are more stable and move less and harder to herniate.  That being said, with time and treatments to reduce the herniated disc size people generally have less issues in the future.

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Feb 13, 2014 5:04am
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Water aerobics possibly? It'll keep weight off your spine.