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Old 10-30-06, 11:42 AM   #1
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Pinched a disc...

Wasn't able to move for a couple days. A week later and I'm still hobbling around. I originally treated it with anti-inflammatories and cold-pack which GP confirmed was a good idea. He prescribed rest... I'm allowed my short cycle commute (2.5 miles) but that's it, nothing hectic.

Anyone else done this? How long did it take to heal up?
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Old 10-30-06, 12:31 PM   #2
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Well, this sort of thing can be relatively minor or completely debilitating. My friend had a slipped disc(L5-S1) and it took her three years to be mostly pain free. She subsisted on Celebrex. She still doesn't have feeling in her one foot.

My mother had a slipped disc when she tried to push a table leaf in 15 years prior to her pain and tingling. She ended up getting her spine fused and was never pain free.

My mother in law also had the same surgery as my mother and is perfectly fine, even though they left surgical sponges inside her back!!! When they realized it two days later when she still couldn't walk and had to open her up again to remove them.

You just never know. Unfortunately, neither do the doctors.
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I injured a muscle in my back in the summer, and it took a while to heal. One morning after I thought the muscle strain healed I got out of bed and any time I sat down I would get a pain that went from my lower back to the sole of my foot, that was relived by standing back up. I went to the doctor and he said I probably had a pinched nerve (I don't remember which one he indicated) and he prescribed my some hydromorphone. In about a week I was pain free, and have been for more than a month now. I am very familiar with back injuries but have never had a pinched nerve, until the last time. I wish I could have taken anti-inflammatories but I am cautioned against them because I only have one functioning kidney. With me, back injury pain disappears as quickly as it comes on.

I find it helps if I try to reduce stress in my life; when I injure my back it is usually because I have been under a lot of stress. I also find that I injure my back when I take in lots of caffeine as well.
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Old 10-30-06, 11:38 PM   #4
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Wasn't able to move for a couple days. A week later and I'm still hobbling around. I originally treated it with anti-inflammatories and cold-pack which GP confirmed was a good idea. He prescribed rest... I'm allowed my short cycle commute (2.5 miles) but that's it, nothing hectic.

Anyone else done this? How long did it take to heal up?
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Did the doc order an MRI? "Pinched" would make me suspicious, and could really mean "herniation". I herniated L5 S1 in May 2005; like you, I could not walk/function for four days. MRI showed a severe herniation, so I was on the cycle of Ibuprofen 800mg (did not work), Naproxen 500mg (helped after taking for 3 or more weeks), Cyclobenzaprine (felt like a rubber band), and Hydrocodone for pain. The end result? Surgery in Sept '05, which resulted in an infection in my back, which subsequently resulted in a
2nd surgery in Jan '06. After therapy and losing 30+ lbs, I can work and bike again, but my back hurts every day and probably never will get better than it is (according to my doc).

I would check w/the doc on an MRI, if it was not mentioned. And look into ALL your options, inc. getting a 2nd opinion, before (that is if) they recommend surgery. PT, stretching, and exercise might be enough, along w/weight loss (if applicable). Just my .02
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Hi guys,

I guess I'm more in the "relatively minor" than "completely debilitating" group, thankfully. The doc didn't suggest an MRI, probably because of my history (I'm a front-row rugby player) and the fact that I walked in to see him.

I normally drink 2 cups of coffee a day, I guess I'd be slightly above average caffeine intact, but not a huge amount. Stress? Well I cycle commute, I reckon we're less stressed than the cagers

Thanks for the replies!
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I have had this problem and it has never healed completely. Originally a course of cortisone treatment followed by epidurals helped relieve the inflamation. That and PT helped quite a bit. I re-injured the back a few years ago and it is worse then ever. I did cortisone and epidurals again, but still get a lot of pain. Luckily riding or paddling don't seem to aggrivate it too much - well getting my kayak in and out of the water is a pain, but worth it.
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Hi guys,

I guess I'm more in the "relatively minor" than "completely debilitating" group, thankfully. The doc didn't suggest an MRI, probably because of my history (I'm a front-row rugby player) and the fact that I walked in to see him.
I normally drink 2 cups of coffee a day, I guess I'd be slightly above average caffeine intact, but not a huge amount. Stress? Well I cycle commute, I reckon we're less stressed than the cagers

Thanks for the replies!
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There have been some good threads on BF about back problems/spinal/disk injuries. Worth the 'search' to read some of the info and stories. Personally I've been living with 3 herniated disks since the mid-70s (my mid/late 20s). Thanks to some help from a very active oriented physician back then, and his strong reluctance to go to surgery unless absolutely necessary, I've been able to adapt and do most everything without great reserve. But it does need adaptation and understanding of what the 'condition' means. It is a major structural weakness that affects many other things. Do study up on the things that will help you adapt. Do make decisions that will allow you long term success. DON'T underestimate the severity of any such injury - these only get worse.
Not trying to be a doom-sayer, but unlike many other life conditions, this is one that can be successfully handled by many with educated ways to do things.
Cycling has been a huge part of adapting with my condition, some others may not find it as helpful. For me every minute spent cycling 'improves' my handling the problem.
When I ignore what I've read and learned about dealing with my disk problems, thats when it will knock me on my butt for weeks.
Good luck figuring it out and dealing with it.
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Get an MRI (expensive) best way to go.

after collapsing eating brekky in my living room it was straight off for the imaging, then epidural under a flouroscopy.

Right as rain these days....bloody scary for a while there, though.
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