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Q. My doctor advised me not to strain much. My doctor advised me not to strain much. What if I am physically unable to exercise due to a medical condition?

A. Your doctor is more concerned about your health. So accept his advice and improve in your health. There is virtually no medical condition that will keep you from doing any type of exercise. Even people with heart failure -- who were long told not to exercise at all -- can benefit from moderate amounts of activity. And people with limited mobility can often do water exercises, or do yoga or other exercises while seated in a chair (some "chair exercise" videos are now on the market). Of course, if you have any medical condition, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Q. shoulder and neck strain and pain I have a terrible shoulder and neck pain and i keep cracking my neck muscles to release pressure. I get temporary relief with tylenol but after few hrs the pain and strain starts again.Any ideas?

A. A mellow exercise and streching on a regular basis is the best way to release a sore back and muscles in general, including your neck. You should try that plus applying local warm temperature (for example a warm pillow)around your neck. If that doesn't work then other anti-inflammatory drugs that you either apply as a cream or take as a pill can help you.

Q. any tips for low back strain? I'm an athlete, been having maaaajor lower back pain lately, during sports mainly but also when I just get out of bed in the morning. I was never like this- I'm really into sports and never felt so old in my life!!! Dont think the doctors really know their way with me, was hoping for some tips from your side. thanx

A. Take Ibuprofen. I take 600mg and helps a lot. Also stretch like crazy -- three times a day if you can. Stretch you hamstring totally. You need to be very limber all the time. You should also lay off on exercising for a bit. Wait for the irritations to go down. Do tons of back and stomach exercises -- only after the irritation goes down. First thing in the morning is get out of bed, turn toward your bed,lift your leg on the bed and stretch you legs. Lots of things to do. Don't wait too long to see a doctor - it doesn't help not seeing a doc. The best a doc can do is give you an MRI. Xrays are ok but an MRI tells the story. I know, I had two back operations and have a bad back for 30 years (I am 49). Had my operations 7 months ago and now I lift almost every day (I don't lift as much -- just a lot of reps). Good luck.

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so far as it is straining through me, Adolf Naumann: that stands firm," said the good-natured painter, putting a hand on Ladislaw's shoulder, and not in the least disturbed by the unaccountable touch of ill-humor in his tone.
And Michael, straining at the rope, went by, without so much as a wag of tail to Steward or a glance of eye.
Then from the jungle came a low guttural, and the ape-man became suddenly a silent, rigid statue, with ears and nostrils straining to span the black void where his eyesight could not reach.