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Hypertension, 130/85, taking Tazloc H, Nebicard, Back pain, weight gain

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hi i am a 48 yr old female, 4'9" height. wt 80 kgs, current health status - hypertension 130/85 under medication - Tazloc H once in morning and Nebicard 5 mg at night,
suffering form lower back pain more severe on LHS near hip region, extending upto left knee. pain aggravated by exercising in gym (only cycling and strtching exercises), subacute pain persistent otherwise, xrays reveal only mild degenerative changes, no slip disc. pls suggest what to do
im finding it difficult to exercise as a result of back pain. kindly recommend what to do. if i dont exercise, i tend to gain weight which adds to the problem.

pls recommend an exercise regimen that will strengthen my back and knee muscles.

also pls recommend any ergonomic chair that will provide comfort to back while working as have to sit almost 4 hrs on laptop for my work and also have a hectic and stressful work life
Posted Wed, 2 May 2012 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 3 hours later

A pain that aggravates on exercise are two reasons
a) You have not chosen the right exercise
b) You are not aware of rules (posture) of doing such exercises

A physical trainer and a physiotherapist would be the right people to help with your problem. Since you distinctly feel that exercise is worsening your pain,I think you should pause your exercise program and XXXXXXX a physio for pain relief techniques and exercises. If you know swimming and have access to a pool, swimming can be a great activity for you as it will not strain your back. You can also try walking at a comfortable speed rather than cycling and see how you feel.

As for right position during working, your feet should be resting flat on the ground and back should be straight and supported. Any good office chair especially designed for use with a workstation should be fine. Remember not to work for more than 4 to 5 hours a day, and never work without a proper work station. Take breaks once every 30 minutes during your work and get up and stretch. If you continue to get low back pain while working, you should see an occupational therapist.

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