Training with a permanent back injury
I have a syrinx caused by trauma. It's basically a hole inside my spinal cord. It's an old Army injury that wasn't that bad to begin with, and wasn't diagnosed while I was in because I had other, less serious back injuries that they chalked the pain up to. But I reinjured it about 9 months ago just by getting stacked, and now it's pretty bad. I can't 0carry two jugs of milk through the grocery store, after about 15 seconds of carrying anything over 10 pounds or so the pain is so crippling I absolutely cannot carry it any longer.
I just got an MRI a few weeks ago which found the syrinx, and saw a doctor on Friday. He said it's not treatable and I'm stuck this way forever. He told me if 10 pounds brings me pain I should limit myself to no more than 5, because if the syrinx worsens it could eventually paralyze me, even though that's not a concern right now because of where it is in my spine and how thin it is.
Since I reinjured it this year I've been laying about and have lost a lot of weight from not doing anything. I was hoping taking it easy would fix my back but that is obviously not the case. So instead of laying around playing World of Warcraft for the rest of my life, I've decided to just find stuff that I CAN do and do it, and try to stay in shape and stay active.
It does not hurt me to move, bend, or anything like that. I cannot run, do jumping jacks, or anything where I bounce or jump or anything along htose lines, as it causes me extreme pain. I cannot lift ANYTHING with my arms, or put any pressure down on my spine at all.
What I'm asking you guys for are ideas of things I can do to try to keep some semblance of fitness. I figure I'll have to get a bicycle or something for aerobics since I can't run, and I know some really basic bodyweight exercises and stuff, but I was hoping you guys might have some other ideas. I've got to totally retool my lifestyle around this injury and it's a lot harder than I really thought it would be.
Thanks a lot guys