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Originally Posted by Heaterguy
My recommendation is get yourself to a doctor.
Good luck.
Good advice. I had blinding pain in my back eight months ago. The only comfortable position I could find was lying flat on my back. My doctor referred me to a chiropractor--although a physical therapist would work too. He gave me a stretching and core conditioning program that made all the difference. After about six or eight weeks of stretching, I began some short rides. Last Sunday, I was able to complete the metric century of the "Blue Ridge Extreme" with almost 7,000 feet of vertical climbing.

The point is that the right diagnosis and program of therapy (and maybe higher handlebars) could make a world of difference.
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