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Suffering from lower back pain. How to get rid of this?

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Posted on Wed, 2 Jan 2013 in Back Pain
Question: I am suffering from low back pain from last one year. I am 32 years, before that I had never back pain. I went on diagonosis(MRI) which revealed no serious problem as per the doctor and he prescribed me Back strengthening exercises and few medicines. I am following those exercise regularly and the pain is reduced to some extent but not gone completely. When I bent forward or stretch then the pain starts.
Recently(for the last couple of months) my physical activity(e.g,. walking or any other exercises) is reduced as I have become more busy with office works and study.
Due to this I am having fat and my clothes are getting tighter. These results into back pain sometimes.

Please suggest some methods or exercises through which I can reduce extra fat and also keep in shape without hurting my back. I do not want get into rigorous exercise regime.
Thanking you.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 2 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

Your problem is most likely due to disc bulges in the lumbar (lower back) region, which compresses the nerves at the back, commonly referred to as disc prolapse and lumbar spondylosis.

Treatment is with physiotherapy and back extension exercises, which you have done, under the guidance of physiotherapist.

Medications such as pregabalin and gabapentin are also useful in cases of pain.

For weight control and fat reduction, following are advisable:

1. Diet control- mainly avoiding sweets, fatty and oily foods.

2. Regular exercises- Cycling, brisk walking on a level ground, etc. are safe for you, taking account of your back problem, and they should be helpful.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any more queries.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar 13 minutes later
Sir,
Please let me know with the exercises that I am going through the disc bulge problem will be cured or not. Is it not possible to complete recover from the problem as many a times I suffer from the pain.

Any other suggestions from side for curing the above will be highly appreciated.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 7 minutes later
Thank you for getting back.

You would be glad to note that 90% of people get cured with exercises and medical therapy. Surgery is needed in only 10% of cases, with severe back and leg pain.

In addition, you should avoid lifting heavy weights and avoid directly bending forwards.

I am sure you would recover fast.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar 5 minutes later
Sir,
Thanks for your encouraging words. But in my case it is almost one year, I am suffering. So how long it may take to get cured?

Thanks in advance.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 5 minutes later
Thank you for getting back.

Most people get better in 6-12 months, some people may take upto two years to get well. Please continue the treatment as advised.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
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