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Lower back pain after running

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butterflyexperience Sat 15-Oct-11 19:49:05

In the last week I've been suffering from lower back pain from a runni did last Sunday.
And after today's run my back is feeling weak/sore too.

Anyone else ever get this?

butterflyexperience Sun 16-Oct-11 13:10:49


Pawsnclaws Sun 16-Oct-11 20:05:56

Do you usually get back pain? How long have you been running?

It could be anything, from trying to do too much too soon, or the wrong type of shoes, or an unfamiliar running surface. Try some gentle stretching and ice it if you can.

thenightsky Sun 16-Oct-11 20:08:41

Go see a physio. I've had this for years now, but recently it has caused me trapped nerves which give me pain in my legs. Physio said he could have sorted it out if only I'd seen him when it first started. sad

butterflyexperience Sun 16-Oct-11 20:17:58

I've been running for a few months and before dc I would get lower back pain around my time of month or if I had been standing for too long (used to work in retail when I was a student), but have not had pain for a few years.

To be honest I'm not running in running shoes just normal Nike trainers and I've also been getting pain in my ankles, shins and calfs. A friend told me it was due to trainers.

Hows your back now nightsky? Trapped nerves - ouch! You poor thing sad
May try and organise a physio but not sure if I can afford at the min...

StrangewaysHereICome Sun 16-Oct-11 20:31:29

If I were you I would go to a specialist running shop and get your gait analysed so you can get the right trainers. You might have to buy them from the shop (so they don't charge you for the treadmill), but once you know what are the right ones for you, you will be able to get them cheaper off t'internet. It really is so important to get the right trainers.

If you google exercises for lower back pain there are some great stretches to do. And once you are stretched and in the right trainers I am sure you will be fine. I have suffered back pain for years (after being squashed by a large horse) and running actually helps my back. When I had a desk job the pain was terrible but now I am a SAHM and move about more and run regularly I don't get half as much pain. Mind you now my 7 month old DS weighs 22lbs I am suffering again from lifting him, which is why I googled the exercises.


Pawsnclaws Sun 16-Oct-11 20:34:47

It could well be the shoes, it's hard to say, but getting some running shoes will also cost a bit. They needn't be especially expensive ones, more expensive doesn't necessarily mean better, but you do need to sure they're a decent fit. It could be that you need more support/cushioning which only running shoes will give you.

I definitely wouldn't ignore pain as it needs to be fixed. If you can't afford new shoes or a physio then just try decreasing the distance and intensity a little, or try running on a softer surface and see if that helps.

butterflyexperience Mon 17-Oct-11 10:15:14

Thanks mn runners.

Glad to know that I should not ignore the pain. DH told me that I was being a wuss and needed to push myself more hmm

GreenPartridge Tue 18-Oct-11 11:58:06

If the pain carries on it is probably is not a running shoe issue although they may be involved. It is more likely to be a spinal joint problem or sometimes an issue with the sacro-iliac joints. There are some free back exercise videos here . Good luck.

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