Six months while after doing leg raise, nearly after one hour I started feeling acute lower back pain. I could not even stand and walk, I knew I screwed up with improper leg raise. I saw a doctor that evening and he suspected of slip disc in early stage. After medication next day I was ok but sore lower back.
After 1 week my started feeling kind of tinkling feeling and sometimes numbness in left leg and sometimes pain radiating in left leg. I consulted a spine specialist and he recommended MRI. In MRI it came out to be small l4-l5 disc bulgewith central protrusion occupying thecal space and early disc degenration. Doctor advised physiotherapy. I did back exercises religiously and tinkling/numbness were totally gone. I felt better with back exercises, i continued it for 3 months. It's was all fine.
But, still I fell tightness in my lower back.
After six months I decided to start walking since it is the simplest and low impacting exercise. Now I walk for 45 minutes. Sometimes i got to gym and to some bicpes exercise with lightweight dumbells. However, I feel tightness in low back.
I want to know whether or not I should do walking. Will it help with disc bulge. How much weight I can lift safely for some weight exercises? Can anyone have good answers to it?
Walking is an excellent exercise for low back pain patients. It is great for cardiovascular fitness. Walking will not hurt the discs in the spine.
As to lifting, it is more a matter of how the weight is lifted, than the amount. A small amount of weight lifted incorrectly can cause more problems than a heavy one lifted properly.
If you are going for toning and overall fitness, then lifting light weights many times is the best technique. If one is trying to bulk up, then that is when the max lifts a few reps are done. But, this is usually not recommended for back pain patients. There is no specific weight amount that can be given, as every person is built differently and in different amounts of muscle build. But, in general, using light weights, and doing many reps, is the best way to go.
As to any exercise that would cure a disc bulge, there aren't any. A bulging disc is just the result of the degeneration of the disc. As we age and the discs under go wear and tear, they degenerate. There is no knows way to reverse this process once it has occurred.
The best thing for spine health is to maintain proper cardiovascular and overall general fitness, and to maintain a proper weight. Do not smoke, as nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels around the discs to contract, decreasing the amount of blood and oxygen that get to the discs. This has shown to speed up degeneration.
Thanks Gaelic for your reply.
I am basically looking for toning and general fitness as it has been sometime after back pain I haven't got back to my gym. I just try to lift 11 lbs, not more, hopefully it won't be a problem, I also do eliptical cycle which is low impacting.
As you mentioned, proper weight should be maintained, I am trying to achieve optimum weight as per my hieght, though I am not overweight.