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Originally Posted by openclassmx
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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