I've been riding my MTB every day now since getting a Minoura indoor trainer 11 days ago. I purchased it in order to get in better shape in preparation for a proposed thoracotomy to repair my busted thoracic discs.
In 9 out of the 10 mornings since riding, I've had ZERO back pain in the morning. In the 20 months since pain onset, Nothing has worked: stretching, weight lifting (emphasis on back and leg exercises), walking on the treadmill, hiking in the local park. Prescribed meds have had to keep escalating in order to keep pace with the acute pain as well during this time.
I've been cycling on the trainer at least once or twice per day, 20 minutes at a time, usually for ~3 miles each stint. On Saturday I rode 26 miles on a local bike trail in addition.
I don't know what to say other than it is a miracle. There must be something to the muscle involvement and spinal movement in cycling that is relieving the pressure on my spine from the 2 extruded disc fragments in question.
I'm completely dumbfounded right now. To think that two weeks ago I was preparing myself for a traumatic major surgery and that today I am pain free, I just don't know what to think.
I just hope that the positive effects don't cease right now. In a couple of weeks I think I'll try discontinuing the Neurontin if this keeps up.
I'm also waking up very refreshed in the mornings, and usually 2 hours before my alarm is set to go off, and sometimes more than once during the night. Today, I woke up at 2AM and at 5AM; on the weekend I was waking up at 4AM.