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    Is my back hurt because of my bike or is it unrelated?

    I rode my bike for 5 miles today. Thats the most ive ever rode on my dirt roads. I also raised my seat. After I rode my bike I felt great then 4 or 5 hours later I started getting sleepy then a hour later my back started hurting along with my balls. Balls might be hurt because I had shorts that barely fit me,but they didnt hurt my balls the day before. It might be because me being 275 pounds that my bones arent made to have that much weight. It also could be from swimming the day earlier,the next day I felt dizzy and a little sick.

    Usually when I exert myself too much my back starts to hurt. So I think it could be from me exerting myself too much.

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    Upper back or lower?
    When you ride (and when you swim), make a conscious effort at relaxing your back and elongating your spine, instead of hunching over.
    Also, it's a good idea to stretch both your legs and your core before and after your rides & swims.
    Speaking of core, it would also be a good idea to do some abdominal exercises once or twice a week, like crunches for example.
    You can ride 5 miles and swim without exerting yourself and getting hurt like this--just breath deeply, stay relaxed, and maintain a smooth, steady effort.
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    Doesn't sound like anything amputation wouldn't cure. Might change your singing voice, though. bk

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    My lower back.

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    You are probably over-exerting yourself for your current level of fitness. Calamarichris' advice is good, and I would also try to make sure your bike fits you well and you can be relaxed riding it. You may need the advice of a bike shop on that.

    It might be a good idea to limit your distance, but still do it regularly. If you can do say 3-4 miles 2-3 times a week, it won't take long before 5 miles seems easy. If it doesn't, you might investigate bike fit.

    Keep at it!

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    My posture is bad so that might be the problem. On them 5 miles I rode alot of it were hills.

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    Dizzy and a little sick after swimming and riding? Please get you blood pressure checked.

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    I think I took a blood pressure test at home. It seemed normal.

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    How much sugar do you consume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slipknot0129 View Post
    I think I took a blood pressure test at home. It seemed normal.
    You think. You mean you can't remember if you took a blood pressure test? I would suggest seeing your doctor ASAP.
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    You raised your seat. Which changed how you sit on the bike, and then your back hurt.

    Lower the seat a bit.
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    There are a lot of things which could be relevant:

    1) Posture.
    1A) Your usual posture is bad, so it's hardly surprising you're having back pain.
    1B) You changed your usual posture on the bike so you're working new muscles.

    2) Blood sugar/pressure.
    2A) You're suggesting some memory loss from just yesterday, which is unusual.
    2B) You say that you're heavy, so you could have mild diabetes or hypoglycemia which this level of exercise could exacerbate.

    3) General fitness.
    3A) You're out of shape, so of course you're sore.
    3B) You're out of shape, so of course it's easy for your electrolytes to get off balance.

    That's why you're getting so many different responses. If you'd like to keep this sort of thing up (which is great!), see a good sports doc about how to baby your body until it's ready for this kind of stress.
    I see unexamined people. All the time. I don't think they know they're unexamined.

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    I think it might have been me looking at my feet and the bike computer when going up a hill. I probably pu my back in a wrong way doing that.

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    the next day I felt dizzy and a little sick.
    Stop thinking and get your butt to a doctor, NOW. Those symptoms are not something to be macho about. While you're there discuss your back pain issues...

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