Not A Great Day At The Doc's Office
As I've written on here in the past, I've had two pretty huge back surgeries since '92. The last was in '08 and, along with a lot of other work done, I had some shiny new titanium hardware installed between L3,L4,L5.
I've been having some really weird issues for the past couple of months and found out yesterday that the cause is from one of my screws which has somehow become Extraosseus (a big word that, in my case, means the screw has backed itself partially out of the bone and has become calcified). So, it's back to the Neurologist I go.
Riding has become increasingly difficult but not impossible. I guess the biggest frustration is that 20 miles has pretty much become my limit over the past few rides. At that point, I just have to come off the saddle because the pain starts to get pretty intense.
I've had a couple of Toradol injections (Ahh, Jesus In A Bottle) but it's not long acting stuff. Medrol Packs and NSAIDS have provided temporary relief but, again, nothing long lasting.
I'm in a holding pattern right now until I can get in to the Neurologist and that probably won't happen until Dec. or Jan.
I don't know what this means long or short term for my cycling but they haven't told me to stop so I have no intention to do so. At least not until/ unless I become physically unable continue riding.
Anyway, just wanted to vent a little. Thanks for indulging me.
Keep on truckin.
Last edited by Street Pedaler; 09-30-11 at 03:21 AM.
Would another bike shape help? maybe a crank forward, or a recumbent?
As for your coming unscrewed.... sorry to hear that. Hopefully the repair will be quick and less of an ordeal compared to the past.
Good luck with your back. Hopefully the docs can get it fixed.
I'm not sure a different bike would help that much. I've been back on my hybrid a few times to see if maybe it was a Posture situation but there wasn't any difference. It's the act of actually pedaling that causes the problem. I'll just gut it out best I can until we see what we can do to actually correct the problem.