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    Herniated disc/Sciatic pain and cycling

    Hey everyone,

    How many of you have herniated discs and/or sciatic nerve pains?

    I'm debating wether or not I should start cycling. I have one hearniated disc in the lower lumbar (going in for an MRI soon) and I think the constant pounding of running has worsened it slightly. This was only from about 20 miles a week. Also I love everything with two wheels so this is a good excuse to get a bicycle!

    I'm thinking that there's less constant pounding in cycling than in running, so that will give me a good workout without putting so much pressure on my lower back.

    Any ideas on this?

    I'm going to consult my doctor when I see him next time. I'm probably going to go back on some workout plan like I did a few years ago when I was 17. Damn, I've had this for a while... =\

    ~JuGGz

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    I occasionally get sciatic pain and have arthritis all the way down my spine. Granted, being a "horizontally challenged" 50 yr. old doesn't help it any! But I have noticed that cycling helps all that various and sundry pain. Mind you, I don't overdo it - right now I'm only doing about 50 miles a week since the weather's gotten colder.

    I mostly ride a road bike. It seems easier on my back than my hybrid for some reason - not what I would have expected.

    It seems that cycling is easier on my back than running or even long distance walking. I did the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and my lower back hurt the rest of the day. Go figure.

    Do discuss cycling with your doctor. It might be just the thing.

    And there are suspension seatposts!

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    One of my lumbars is not connected to my pelvis and causes me trouble now and then,but strangely not on a bike though.Sitting in the saddle holds everything in place and most of the strain stays in the legs.I road ride and some rails-to-trails.No mountainbiking for me.I think I'm more comfortable on the bike than I am standing or sitting in most chairs. Hope your doc gives a thumbs up to cycling,it's been a BIG plus in my life!
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    There was a recent thread on chiropractors where I talked about my sciatic experiences have a squiz at

    Off the bike-Sciatica pain

    In my experience the inflammation can go away with rest and manipulation, but it can also stay for what feels like forever.
    Riding for Eternity, well at least for literacy - http://www.bikeforbibles.org

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    Thanks for all the info!

    I just scheduled an MRI so hopefully there's some good news. I'll probably do the osteopath thing again. Anyways, I can't stand sitting around not doing anything cardiovascular so I'm probably going to pick up a Gary Fisher hardtail tomorrow. I feel so giddy!

    BFB2003 - thanks for the link. I've done a search and found a grip of info. You say you sit on a swiss ball at work? Is that one of those huge inflatable balls that you see people using at the gym? Whatever it is, it sounds a lot better than this computer chair I sit on. This thing tears me up.

    ~JuGGz

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    BFB2003 - thanks for the link. I've done a search and found a grip of info. You say you sit on a swiss ball at work? Is that one of those huge inflatable balls that you see people using at the gym? Whatever it is, it sounds a lot better than this computer chair I sit on. This thing tears me up.
    now worries, I have been there and no how much fun it isn't. when I was at my worst I couldn't even contemplate getting on a bike. Walking was even tricky, especially after sitting down for a while.

    The ball I have is a 75cm rubber/plastic thing, as you have seen in exercise classes. I got a few comments (well actually a lot, and they keep coming) about sitting on it at work, but I don't have any of those aches when I stand up after sitting down for a while. I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone who is deskbound. Our lower backs need all the support they can get. You end up moving slightly all the time, exercising your back. Also it is difficult (but not impossible!) to slouch whilst perched on a ball.
    Riding for Eternity, well at least for literacy - http://www.bikeforbibles.org

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