I am currenly 5 weeks into two stress fractures in my lumbar spine from osteoporosis. I know it is due to Crohn's disease for 30 years - steriods and Remicade for years & to top it off, thyroid issues...No Crohn's symptoms currently, but paying the price with the osteoporosis. Currently unable to work. I have been an athlete all of my life (57) and find this pain quite frustrating/debilitating/depressing. I know that I need to do weight bearing exercise to build bone, but after walking for 10-15 minujtes or even being upright for any length of time, I am miserable. Taking pain meds; can't take the NSAIDS (although I occassionally take some naproxyn in the a.m. if I'm having a big day). Talking the bone builders, calcium, vit D, etc. Is it just an incredibly slow process? Also dealing with scoliosis related sciatica from L5. Have had 1 transforaminal injection & scheduled for another in 2 weeks. I am a healthcare professional and believe that I am receiving excellent treatment - just frustrated by the lack of progress & ongoing need for pain meds. (only taking as directed) What kinds of exercize can I do? How about swimming? Any other tip or suggestions?
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