Back Problems, Anyone...

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  1. iGary Guest

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    Today I'm posting from home flat on my back with my 12" iBook.

    I've been put on a four-day course of steroids and bed-rest (depressing, huh?).

    This has been going on for three years, but my legs went numb this week and I was unable to sit in my chair and write at work yesterday, so they told me I had to sit on my butt...

    I went through this two years ago, but managed to get better with some weight loss, physical therapy and diet change. I was back to marathoning.

    Anyone else care to share their stories? Just a little bummed today. :eek:
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    check for the disks in your back, i know someone that had to have emergency surgery on their back. he couldn't feel his feet at all, and couldn't walk, they said if it was left like that for anywhere between a week and two months he would have become paralyzed.

    get an appointment with a neurosurgeon to check, firstly get an MRI, and Xray
     
  3. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Ouch! Had my first back problem ever last october. Was on a hike in the NW mountains of NC with the kids looking at leaves. Then I felt like I was hit by a lightning bolt, went down on my knees and felt like I could not move from the pain. The wife got me to the van with the kids, ranger said there was a hospital at the base of the mountain (luck), I passed out on the ride there.

    Turned out to be a muscle spasm in my back, holy cr@p was it painful. Took weeks to trust my back again. I have had 3 ankle surgeries, and limp alot from that already, I was walking like a zombie from a C movie.

    dude, take it easy, and relax as much as possible. Could this be aggrevated by wieght? Since starting to lose wieght my indegistion has gone, hope it will help my ankle too.

    Hope your better soon.
    Gotta go to the hangar and baby the plane, talk to ya later. ;)
     
  4. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Had one of those a couple of years ago. They want to see how the steroids do, and then file me back to the neurosurgeon. :rolleyes:
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    By any chance are the steroids a medrol dose pack?

    take a certain amoutn the first day then taper down to nothing over the course of like a week.
     
  6. sjjordan macrumors 6502

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    iGary,

    A couple of questions:

    1. Have you had your pedal arch checked? People who have a flat arch are prone to get pain in their legs, feet and back, especially runners.
    2. Is one foot longer than the other. This is one of the most likely as it will induce scoliosis in your back. (curvature of the back-->pain).
    3. It could also be a hereditary condition. Have your parents, siblings had similar trouble?
     
  7. eva01 macrumors 601

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    or, are you on lipitor, i get a lot of patients that come in and they get leg pain from the medicine.
     
  8. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I have back issues from time to time....and I've found that I respond nicely to chiropractors, so I go in for an adjustment when ever things get a little sore and it fixes me right up.

    I try to avoid the drugs, but motrin/advil can be great.

    Sorry to hear you've got a bad case - I hope it gets better soon.

    D
     
  9. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I pulled muscles on the right side of my back on Sunday; an old windowbox broke while I was carrying it to the trash and I dropped it, wrenching my back in the process.

    It's merely uncomfortable now tho I have been slathering on ibuprofen cream liberally...
     
  10. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    I had a slipped, ruptured disk when I was younger. My lower back would "go out" every so often. Somehow, on its own, the ruptured disk got absorbed into my body and my vertebrae fused together. I have no flexibility at that point, but no pain either. What I find is the best way to keep back pain at bay is stretching and exercise. When I fall away from a good stretching program (like for rock-climbing), I can expect my back to go out in the next 6 months. Sit-ups help as well.

    I feel for you man... good luck and a speed recovery... - j
     
  11. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

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    First off, I'm sure that you realize that running is not a good sport for a bad back.

    If there is no physical damage i.e. torn muscles, tendons, slipped discs or cracked bones try an alternative treatment like acupuncture.

    Rolfing has also been known to work wonders for many people as it gets your body correctly aligned. Of course you need to work on posture and back strengthening exercises afterwards in order to keep it that way.

    http://www.rolf.org/
     
  12. eva01 macrumors 601

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    and even better acupuncture is covered by insurances, at least mass health and BCBS from what i know, not sure about harvard pilgrim thou
     
  13. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    Still recovering from a lumbago here. Nothing permanent i hope. My dad's got a bad back and i would not like that.

    Sry to hear iGary, take it easy and try to enjoy it :eek:. I know it's not very enjoyable, but you could try. I was going mad after 5 days of motionless rest in front of the television. At least you have a book ;).

    Get well soon!
     
  14. iGary thread starter Guest

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    Thanks for all the nice wishes. I'm kind of a spaz, so sitting on my but all day is driving me nuts.

    I have four bulging discs in my back, and yeah, I know running isn't the best thing. My doctor said my running days are probably over, but I most likely will not stop running once I've recovered.

    Hopefully the steroids work (not a lot of relief so far), otherwise, probably another MRI and possibly surgery. If that is the case I'd just rather get it over with.

    Done the back stretching and excercises, physical therapy, anti inflammatories, Vicodin; the whole nine yards.

    Not trying to be an attention whore, just bored and wanted to see if anyone else has had to deal with this. ;)
     
  15. Mr LuLu macrumors member

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    Hi Gary,
    My back was broken as part of a surgical procedure to correct a curvature of my L3 L4 and L5 vertibra. I was laid up for 3 months, it took me another 3 months to learn to walk again and another year to get used to the pain and movement restrictions.
    My lower spine was fused and pinned together with 6 titanium pins (will match that lovely Powerbook I'm after) and suported by an 8" titanium rod. I have a 13" scar or my right trunk and I'm missing two ribs where they 'went in'.
    I remember the doctor explaining the procedure to me. When he said he'd have to remove two of my ribs to get access to my spine I was so close to asking if he was going to put them back when he was finished! :D

    I turned my back (no pun intended :) ) on anybody that tried to help me. If I wanted a drink I would crawl on my hands and drag myself up to the sink. I didn't have he strength to lift a full glass so I had to take small sips. I couldn't shower by myself or go to the toilet for about 2 weeks after leaving hospital so my hygiene suffered. I was on pain killers that could make you see things that would scare the **** out of you. I've never tried anything heavy before but the combination of meds I was on made me halucinate. I saw dead bodies being wheeled into my room, I saw my mam sitting next to my bed looking like she'd stepped out of the 80's and I saw a coke vending machine grow arms and dance with one of the nurses.

    I used to run, could lift anything and throw girls about the bedroom like it was going out of fashion. Now I've had to slow down a lot. I'm still too scared to jog any distance (and it's been 3 years now), I have to lift with my legs and arms now (so my knees suffer) and sex isn't as... flexible as it used to be (though we still manage a few tricks! ;) ).

    All in all it was a ****** time of my life but my Fiancee stayed with me, my family stuck by me and I came out of it a stronger man. I cant say I wish it never happened because I never knew a time in my life without some form of back pain but things are better now. It was a humbling experience, some may even say spiritual but it affects different people in different ways.

    My advice to you.
    If the doctor says dont run then dont. They're not throwing this advice about lightly. At least if you listen to them you'd stand a chance of keeping your legs. Better to walk than to wheel, though i'm sure you'd manage. Rest. Take the time your body needs. A few weeks rest wont hurt you but I promise you that not resting properly will.

    All the best.
    C
     
  16. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Hello iGary, sorry to hear about your back problem. Sounds as though your physician is trying the conservative route. I think that is smart, surgery should always be a last resort.

    Being a nurse, back problems can be a professional hazard. On top of that my height of 6' 8" makes me vulnerable with patient care. So I have always been careful. Long story short no real problems. Just occasional twinges, not enough to need any medication.

    I would highly recommend that you listen to your physician. Otherwise it could become chronic and disabling. If they say to stop running, which puts a lot of stress on you body, it's best to listen. Your overall health is more important.
     
  17. iPoster macrumors regular

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    I had pain and numbness in my left leg/lower back. Suffered through a couple of months of physical therapy for sciatica, which didn't work. After pestering the docs enough (I'm in the military) they finally sent me in for an MRI. The civilian neurosurgeon looked at the MRI film for about 5 seconds and asked me how I was managing to walk around! I ended up getting a laminectomy/discectomy on my L5-S1 disc, with no bone fusion. I felt 90% better (in terms of the nerve problems) as soon as I woke up from surgery. :D

    When the neurosurgeon showed me the MRI films, you couldn't even see my spinal nerve on my left side for all the leaking disc fluid/jelly! :eek:

    I have a pic of the scar/staples that was taken when I got home from the hospital, if anyone's interested in my posting it.... :rolleyes:

    IRT the running, I have had many suggestions to take up swimming/biking/elliptical instead. This is particularly true since I've already had surgery, and the only thing keeping my vertebrae apart is scar tissue...
     
  18. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm happy to hear that you were able to find relief from your sciatica. With medical care it is important to be your own advocate as you found out. For something like you had it's best to see a specialist.

    What did your surgeon recommend?

    Since I'm a nurse, yes, I would like to see the picture. If you prefer you can PM me, but probably others would be interested also.
     
  19. iGary thread starter Guest

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    I wanna see the scar, too.

    I'm starting to actually "warm up" to the idea of biking, but we'll see. :rolleyes:
     
  20. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    i'm curious about the scar.


    so on a much lesser level... last night i was helping my girlfriend get a bunch of pergo flooring from home depot (31 cases)... between loading it into our cars and moving about half of it into her apartment manually (ie, carrying it down her longass hallways to her unit), my back is hurting like a bitch today. and on friday i help her move into the place...

    my question: what do i do to speed up recovery? should i do no exercise (i'd probably do elliptical or bike)? or should i make sure to keep active and use it..? of course i'll be doing some stretches and such (i assume i should!)

    any suggestions would be sweet. thanks.

    ps. figures that i'd be the one to throw out my back after telling my girlfriend to lift with her legs. hah. practice what you preach
     
  21. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    Long, SLOW stretches and twists. Hot baths or hot-tub/jacuzzis.. As long as nothing's popping or snapping you probably just have sore muscles..
     
  22. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    Scoliosis (sp?) in my Spine.

    Cronic Arthritus in my lowerback/tailbone.

    About 4 years ago now, I had an auto-accident side impact (T-Bone basically), another car hit me at 40mph...needless to say that didn't help me.

    Last summer I was on the couch for about a week in constant agony. It was the worst pain I think I had ever felt.

    Mike
     

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