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  • jayd10033
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    7 weeks out from L3-4 XLIF. Cleared for PT and elliptical.

    I was doing the elliptical, and I’ve probably done 5-6 workouts so far. I’ve noticed that I started to (and still have) now a little twinge in my low back, and some tingling down to the toes in both legs. Also it is now uncomfortable to sit for a super long time. Not like it was before, but I think maybe I tweaked something with those workouts. Obviously now I’ve stopped. But definitely feeling some radiating tingling and occasional ache. There is a kind of constant discomfort/tingling now. This all definitely started after the workouts.

    Still taking the gabapentin and tylenol.

    I did not have any of these sensations prior to the first workout. Is there any way elliptical exercise caused this? There is no disc left, so I don’t think I could have new herniation at that level.

    Thank you

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    In my opinion, 7 weeks is too early for an elliptical machine. Until the fusion level stiffens (at least 3-4 months), no up and down loading should be considered. A stationary bicycle and simple walking with hiking poles and pool walking should be the order of the day. Even though you don’t have a disc, you have a spacer (“stone”) wedged between two bony vertebra held together by thin ligaments and screws in the back of the spine (hopefully) which cannot withstand up and down pounding. I would back off.

    Dr. Corenman

    jayd10033
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    Definitely backing off. Is it possible I did real damage causing the pain (should I get an emergency appt and imaging)?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Unlikely. Give it two weeks to calm down.

    Dr. Corenman

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