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Old 04-24-08, 06:30 AM   #1
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Off the bike for awhile :(

I guess I shouldn't complain as this is the first time in several years that my lower back has given me any problems. Unfortunately I seem to have done a real bang-up job this time and have no idea what caused it.

I left work early Tuesday to visit the doctor with a sore back and pain shooting down my left leg. He gave me a couple prescriptions and sent me for x-rays the next morning. I'm back at work today with a heating pad for the leg and under the influence of the "happy pills" If my posts are stranger than usual you can blame the pills.

I'm hoping the x-rays don't show anything major and I can be back on the bike in a week or two. This certainly puts a damper on my training for TOSRV. I doubt I'll be ready for back-to-back centuries but I'm hoping to be able to do the 1/2 TOSRV. The half is 50 miles each day.
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Old 04-24-08, 06:33 AM   #2
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Well, if you've got to be off the bike, I'd say "happy pills" are in order. Heal soon.
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Old 04-24-08, 06:37 AM   #3
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Not an MD, but pain shooting down the leg usually=sciatica. I have had it, it is very painful, and in my case took awhile to subside (months). However, if you can ride in a semi- upright position, give it a week or so with the pills and try it.

And remember the motto on the 50+forum. If something doesn't hurt, you are probably dead. Best of luck with the recovery.
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Sorry to hear about your back. Here's hoping that it's minor
and short term. If your weather forecast is anything like ours
is (turning colder..below avg. temps....rain Mon-Thu) you won't
miss much outdoors for a while.

You didn't do this on your new red toy I hope.
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Old 04-24-08, 06:55 AM   #5
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That's a helluva way to justify a handful of happy pills, Beverly. I hope it gets sorted soon for you.
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Beverly, I hope the relief is as rapid as the onset. Can you swim? Get a sports massage? I was sidelined last year and one symptom was irritation of the sciatic nerve. It took a second opinion and MRI to find the cause of the symptoms. Time and physical therapy soved the problem. You may grow tired of hearing "cross-training", but I'm loving it and think it's my cloud's silver lining.

If you have pain while driving, moving the seat up may help. Gentle stretching of the piriformis may also provide some relief.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Don't count anything out yet!
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Old 04-24-08, 07:40 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear that, Beverly. What I sometimes do is lie flat on the floor with my feet on a chair and knees bent 90 degrees. Takes the pressure off of the spine. Also, some stretching helps prevent mine from acting up.
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Keep the piriformis syndrome in mind.
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Hope you're back at full strength soon.
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Ouch! I suppose at our age this stuff is bound to happen. Do what the doc says and don't worry about TOSRV, there will be lots more TOSRV's.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Bev, I've had lower back/hip/sciatica problems in the past. A good chiropractor helped me tremendously, as does Pilates. One of the main reasons I had trouble with my back was because of a very weak core and bad posture over the years. Pilates has made all the difference.
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I feel for you. After enduring such a long, cold winter, it just doesn't seem fair to have a health problem once it gets warmer. Hope you are back on your bikes soon.
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Hope all goes well, and you are back to enjoy the Spring riding soon!
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Have had back problems for years and when it comes on bad- The most comfortable seat I can find is on the bike. So a couple of days rest- then buy a longer stem and flip it to 3" below the saddle. Then look at the bike till you have enough courage to ride with your head between your knees.


Sorry to hear about the back ache- but plenty of time now to polish the frame and Look for the Sights to see in West Sussex

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Bev, hope you get better soon. In the meantime, you might have an excuse for n+1.



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I've had that sciatica/piriformis syndrome 2 or 3 times in the last ten years. Very painful no matter what position I was in, although seated was the worst. Seated, as in driving. One of my coworkers, a PT, 'diagnosed' and suggested some stretching exercises (as someone above mentioned) and that helped immensely.

Hope you're feeling better soon, Bev.
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Jeez, Beverly. What a drag. I hope some remedy works and you're back in the saddle soon.

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Hope you're feeling better soon, Bev! That sucks.
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Bev, hope you get better soon. In the meantime, you might have an excuse for n+1.



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+1 on time to start lookin' for a 'bent.
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Rest will do a sore back wonders. When you're ready, make sure you eeeeease back into it.
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Sorry Bev, how frustrating for you just when the snow has finally melted. I know back pain all too well and it can be debilitating. When my sciatica starts acting up, I immediately reach for the aspirin and ice pack before it gets out of control. Hope you're feeling up to riding again very soon.
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On the positive side, I've had three back surgeries & exercise has helped me, in fact riding the bike & stretching has been the best thing so far.

Hopefully you will find it is nothing that just rest & meds can heal & then you can be back on your bike.

As for what you did, I've thrown my back out just bending over to wash my hands & a gal at work bent over to tie her shoe so it doesn't have to be anything to do with weight.

Get well soon!!!!
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Sorry to hear that, Beverly. What I sometimes do is lie flat on the floor with my feet on a chair and knees bent 90 degrees. Takes the pressure off of the spine. Also, some stretching helps prevent mine from acting up.
+1 - All of my coworkers know that if I'm lying on the floor with my lower legs on my chair, it's not an emergency, I'm just trying to get my back to quit aching. Every spring, it's the same thing - my daughter's soccer team starts playing & practicing and I wind up at the doctor's office for another prescription for Flexeril. I hope you can do at least the Half TOSRV; one of my goals is to get to the point where I can do at least that much. If you make it to Portsmouth, make sure you get down to the floodwall to see the murals painted on them.
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I've had that sciatica/piriformis syndrome 2 or 3 times in the last ten years. Very painful no matter what position I was in, although seated was the worst. Seated, as in driving. One of my coworkers, a PT, 'diagnosed' and suggested some stretching exercises (as someone above mentioned) and that helped immensely.

Hope you're feeling better soon, Bev.
Beverly, Mrs Road Fan and I have both had sciatica, in her case a very severe case, needing surgery. Mine is controlled by stretching and biking, and post-surbery hers is controlled by core strength and watching her posture. We both have had to be careful about how we set up car seats and office chairs, and with bending and lifting carefully. We both shovel snow, but with attention to how we lift and push.

It's hard to cure, but after major immediate symptoms are assessed and treated, it's not hard to manage. We don't even need the happy pills (though a good pils helps a lot!).

See your doc! There really is a lot of knowledge about these conditions.

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Bev, hope you get better soon. In the meantime, you might have an excuse for n+1.



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