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As a diabetic, I find that exercise greatly improves my blood sugar levels. In summer I exercise outdoors - walking interspersed with mild jogging. When it is uncomfortably cold outside and there is also a possibility of slipping on ice, I exercise indoors - walking and jogging on the treadmill, and "walking" on the elliptical. I have been exercising this way for the past three years. Very recently, that is, just a few days ago, I seem to have injured my lower back probably while jogging on the treadmill. I get shooting pain on the lower left side of the back, near the hip. I didn't do any exercise for a few days and the pain subsided. But merely walking on the treadmill at a slow pace of less than 3 miles/hour brings the pain back (not while exercising but later.) However, I find that pain does not recur if I do only the elliptical at a medium intensity. So, I am now doing only elliptical for the whole one hour I devote for exercise everyday. But with the elliptical alone at medium intensity, I am now able to burn only about 70% of the calories that I used to burn with both the treadmill and the elliptical.

I find two things a little strange. First, that the elliptical does not cause me lower back pain but the treadmill does. Second, I never got any injury walking and jogging on the hard pavement outdoors but doing so on the soft treadmill belt apparently has given me back pain.

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You aren't old enough to have any deterioration in the hip joint, are you Rad?
Shanny, I am young at heart, though the rest of the body is now 58 :)

I went to the doctor just the other day to refill my meds. While she was going through my lab reports I told her about the pain. Unfortunately she didn't seem to care. She said my BG, A1c and lipids are all OK and dismissed me with just the prescription for the refill.

The pain is not exactly at the hip but a little above the left hip in the lower back. I had just a small apprehension if it could be due to kidney stone. My brother-in-law back in India had kidney stone recently. But none in my family has a history of kidney stones. And the pain of kidney stone should not discriminate between the treadmill and the elliptical.

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And the pain of kidney stone should not discriminate between the treadmill and the elliptical.
You're right, it shouldn't! :D I've passed a few kidney stones and my recollection is that when they're moving, the pain is pretty much unrelenting.

I hope this heals soon, or that you're able to get through to the doc that it needs her attention.
 

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You're right, it shouldn't! :D I've passed a few kidney stones and my recollection is that when they're moving, the pain is pretty much unrelenting.

I hope this heals soon, or that you're able to get through to the doc that it needs her attention.
Thanks Shanny.

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