Foo - So, my diagnosis is confirmed... herniated disc.
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11-27-07, 11:57 PM
Saw the spine specialist today, and what I've thought all along has the official M.D. stamp of approval. Ruptured L5-S1. Right now he's recommending no surgery, and just limiting athletics to what doesn't aggravate it. So far, cycling hasn't been a problem. I'm still not clear on what to expect in the coming months/years. I assume this won't get better on its own, but I'd love to know how fast it should be expected to get worse. :(
11-28-07, 01:14 AM
it should get better. ask a physical therapist about some excercises you can do. look into vax-d as well. these things can heal over time.
Ouch. Maybe some workouts in the pool as an option?
11-28-07, 06:09 AM
I don't know what I'm talking about, but I did hear that a huge percentage of adults over 45 have herniated discs. Usually they don't cause pain or stiffness, so they don't notice them. Once they do, though...
11-28-07, 06:28 AM
yep. got 2. 1 is worse than the other, both in lower back. dr's seem to think they are the cause of cramping i have in right leg only. don't know how long i've had them as they've never caused problems. then again, i've had lower back problems for a while & my chiropractor usually can fix me right up. i dont' see the chiro but maybe once every 2 or 3 months.
11-28-07, 07:38 AM
I have no disk at L5-S1, just bone on bone. I have good days and bad days but generally if I keep my core strength up then I am OK. Everyone is different so only time will tell how it works out for you. However, I would consider surgery as a last resort and only if loss of motor control was involved. I've heard too many tales of people that are no better off after surgery.
Welcome to the club! :)
I have a repaired one at L4-5. Never once regretted the surgery. Life was miserable prior. If you are able to maintain positively with just exercise, then by all means go that route.
11-28-07, 08:03 AM
Saw the spine specialist today, and what I've thought all along has the official M.D. stamp of approval. Ruptured L5-S1. Right now he's recommending no surgery, and just limiting athletics to what doesn't aggravate it. So far, cycling hasn't been a problem. I'm still not clear on what to expect in the coming months/years. I assume this won't get better on its own, but I'd love to know how fast it should be expected to get worse. :(I have the same injury(L4-5-S1 since June 2003). My doctor recomended trying the shots. After 2 treatments, much of the pain was gone.
In May of 2005 I started cycling again, and that seemed to help it a lot. The pain is gone, but I do suffer from cramping in my legs, and a pins + needles sensation in my right foot.
FWIW, my doctor told me that doing nothing about it was an option, and over time(5 years) the pain would fade on it's own.
Good luck. This is the most painful injury I've ever had, but it can be treated without surjury(and the newer surjuries are less invasive)
BTW, Please don't pull a Rush Limbaugh, and get addicted to painkillers. It's easy to do, and it's the only thing I have in common with Rush.
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