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I recently started having severe back pain after shoveling snow/ice (about 4
weeks ago).

I am a 60 year old male

Since Saturday, the pain has gone into my left leg -- pretty severe.

P/T seems to think it might well be nerve root pain and so far P/T is not

Question: once back pain also turns into leg pain, does this mean it won't
go away via therapy?? Am I doomed to surgery (which I probably am not a
candidate for due to degenrative disk disease at a variety of levels) or
injections or stronger stuff. Or are exerises still possible to relieve the
back/leg pain. In the past, I've had lots of back pain problems but usually
found the key to overcoming it (extra walking and/or exercise). I've never
had the leg pain.
I'm new to all this but I figured I would provide details of my experience and hopefully it could help someone else out as well. I was diagnosed with 2 ruptured discs (L-4 and L-5) 3 years ago. I had serious back and leg pain. I was devastated as I'm a very active person (I played college b-ball and continued to play after graduation).

I tried EVERYTHING. Chiropractors (multiple), Physical Therapists (multiple), Doctors (multiple), even a couple different acupuncturists. Nothing worked and I was afraid I would fall deeper into depression. Yeah it got that bad.

Surgery was starting to look like an option but I didn't seem to be getting enough answers.

A friend had recommended Pilates. I gave it a shot and noticed a little improved but not much at first. But after about 8 weeks of classes I completely forgot about the pain. I'm about 100% now and could not be happier. Everyone has their own thing that will provide relief and apparently Pilates was mine.

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