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DKBruns Amateur 17 posts since
Aug 16, 2009
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Sep 27, 2009 5:49 PM

low back pain

For the last year to 1.5 years I have been experiencing intense pain in my lower back after I stand or walk for longer than 15-20 minutes. Once I sit down for a while, the pain will subside. It is getting progressively worse though and the time it takes to feel better is a lot longer than it used to be. I went to my doctor who said I have a pertruding disk and it may get better??? Anyway, sometimes my runs hurt it and others it doesn't. I ran the VA Beach marathon in March and felt great afterwards, no pain at all. I did 15 yesterday and it was pretty bad. Not sure what i"m going to do. I have to go back to the doctor because my hubby isn't convinced that it'll just get better. I guess I'm not either but i'm afraid he will tell me no MCM.

The best part of the marathon is the 24 hours after....
  • thefirecat Community Moderator 2,779 posts since
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    1. Sep 27, 2009 8:00 PM (in response to DKBruns)
    Re: low back pain

    If the sum total of the diagnosis was "it's a protruding disk, it may get better," it's time to go find another doctor. Seriously. You should NOT be living with that much pain, if at all possible.


    Though I totally understand your desire to schedule this appointment for any time after October 26.

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  • relomas Amateur 9 posts since
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    2. Sep 27, 2009 9:04 PM (in response to DKBruns)
    Re: low back pain

    Too much running can give you back pain. Most back pain goes away by itself, eventually.  That being said, there are problems that can't be resolved by overuse treatments, such as running less, stretching, and ice or heat and aspirin or ibuprofen.  There's a chance you might have something like that, but most likely you don't. 


    I used to run each Saturday with a bunch of experienced marathoners. Over the years, one by one, they all developed back troubles, went to doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists, and had surgery and switched to biking.  I likewise had some troubles over the years, but they eventually went away, and I might have gone to a doctor once or twice, but the long and the short of it is that I strained my back a few times from too much running, and it took a couple of months to get over it.  My colleagues, who no longer run, seemed to be in about as much pain as I had at times, but went to numerous medical specialists and had treatments, surgery, orthotics and everything you can imagine, but were never satisfied with the results.  Maybe I'm lucky or maybe people get carried away with medical specialists these days in hopes of finding a cure that doesn't involve months of stretching and reduced activity.


    One of the best books on backaches is "Oh, My Aching Back," written by an MD who specializes in back injuries.  Following his simple back conditioning regimen will avoid a lot of trouble.



  • Irish Runner77 Legend 780 posts since
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    3. Sep 28, 2009 7:02 AM (in response to relomas)
    Re: low back pain

    Obiviously I'm no medical professional, so don't know the extent of what may be going on (especially given your doctor's comment). But I wanted to ask, do you do any core strength exercises? More than just sit-ups I mean. I found that I used to get a lot of lower back pain in some of my longer runs, and that it was because my posture would start to slip as my stabilizing muscles tired out. I've managed to limit it by adding in exercises that work my abs, obliques, glutes, and lower back. I know there are a few articles on and that give some good examples of routines to try.

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  • PersianP Legend 468 posts since
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    4. Sep 28, 2009 7:18 AM (in response to DKBruns)
    Re: low back pain


    Most common things to cause back problems are mattresses, office chairs, type of work, extra weight, giving birth, posture etc...



    I have been running marathons for 10 years and never had back problems or heard of anyone getting back problems from running. My daughter has back problems from lifting, She runs, bikes and swims regularly and she has also dropped some wight and she is doing much better in last couple of years.



    Walking is always an option.



  • Julie95300 Expert 54 posts since
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    5. Sep 28, 2009 7:53 AM (in response to DKBruns)
    Re: low back pain


    My neighbor has disc issues. Doc told her to lay off the triathalons. Me personally...I'd want to talk to someone who might be able to fix it, instead of making me 'deal' with it.






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