+1 for what Dave said about trying to get some rest! I've had "minor" back problems in the past and know enough that is not fun and yours sounds way worse than I can even imagine. You just can't move in any direction without impacting the back. I sure hope the doctors can provide some long term relieve.
I feel your pain Dan. It was only a year and a half ago that I had lower back surgery for a blown L4. I still have a bulging L5 that will eventually have to be fixed, at times it gives horrible sciatica pain running down my left leg, but nothing like it was before the surgery. Every 3-6 months I go in for steroid injections in my back, and they really seem to help a lot.
Dan, I went to the doc to complain about sciatica. He eventually Xrayed it, and asked me if I'd been in an accident. Turns out I had a malformed vertebrae since I was a kid and never knew. It was only half as tall as normal and all out of alignment.
Four years ago I had fusion and lamenectomy at L4+5. I didn't realize how much pain I was in till it was gone. Really 99% better.
Now the sciatica is coming back. Been putting off going to see the doc. Probably arthritis impinging on the nerves.
If I'd realized I was going to live this long, I'd have taked better care of myself. As Rodney said,"If I take really good care of myself, I'll get very sick and die". (and speaking of pain killers) "Really, I could go tomorrow. I hope I go tomorrow: I haven't gone today".
Location: Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border
Re: Things we learn the hard way
Sorry to hear about your back JoJer. What have they got in mind for a second go 'round? Do they think they can at least get you out of pain?
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Originally Posted by chased
Every 3-6 months I go in for steroid injections in my back, and they really seem to help a lot.
I tried that once about two years ago. It made my right foot burn. My leg acted like it was going to get up and go someplace on its own. Once it settled down, it was better for a very short time and then you wouldn't know they had done a thing. By short I mean like a week. It was not worth the hassle or the drive to Duluth to have it done. Maybe they just did it wrong, but it wasn't something I felt like trying twice. Although I might be able to be talked into it now. Friggin thing's killin me.
So sorry to hear about your back Dan, that really hits anyone hard but especially people who are used to so much activity. Best of luck to you on getting a copacetic resolution. Thankfully I escaped my youth with only smattering of flesh wounds...some of them very deep, but they were all flesh wounds (and thankfully we get two sets of teeth!). BMX freestyle racing, trail riding and jumping was my downfall (pun intended). I think I ripped nearly every square inch of my original skin from my body at one point or another in my teenage years. Buried rocks so far into my hyde that minor surgery was required, bled out nearly to the point of passing out and needing a couple of pints, and eaten alot of tree bark from flying down wooded trails.
Things I've learned the hard way:
* Wear a wading belt
* It gets cold at night at 9000', even in july
* There are turantulas in Missouri
I tried that once about two years ago. It made my right foot burn. My leg acted like it was going to get up and go someplace on its own. Once it settled down, it was better for a very short time and then you wouldn't know they had done a thing. By short I mean like a week. It was not worth the hassle or the drive to Duluth to have it done. Maybe they just did it wrong, but it wasn't something I felt like trying twice. Although I might be able to be talked into it now. Friggin thing's killin me.[/QUOTE]
My very first injection only seemed to last 2 weeks, and to top it off, the doctor missed the spot and hit a nerve, talk about pain. I was skeptical after the first go around, but the pain was unbearable. The second injection went much more smoothly, he hit the spot on the first try, within 5 minutes after the injection, I had no pain in my back. From there on, each injection has lasted about 3 months.
These injections may be something to consider trying again, they sure as hell beat being in that amount of pain.
Not while you are in pain, but once you heal a bit, do stretches and some situps to help strengthen you stomach muscles. I am 53 and have had back pain occasionally and this is the one thing that helps me the most.
I could lose 20 lbs and I am sure that would help as well, but stretching the back and legs (thighs) keeps me active most of the year.
Sorry to hear about your back Dan,
there's nothing worse than back pain. Mainly because it just NEVER goes away....It might be a little less sometimes, but it NEVER goes away. Rest it up as much as possible, take the drugs so you can get that rest.
Springs coming, I'll be needing pictures of them stud smallies you catch!
d to drive a stick shift 40 miles home! ARGHHH!!
After several weeks of going through what you are right now (I couldn't stay in any position for more than 5 minutes max), with major pain meds and the Doc telling me to rest (HA!), the pain in my leg went away.
After that 3 things I did have finally gotten rid of 99% of my back pain. First, I got a soft mattress that I sink into. Second, I do 35 situps on an inclined bench every day and 15 back extensions. The other thing I did was lose 20# of gut!
Now, except for a little pain when I first get up in the morning, I am totally pain free.
I don't mean to suggest you start all that right now, but consider talking to your Doc about it when you finally get over this episode. You will get over it but it takes time! As one fisherman to another, I wish you good luck and freedom from pain!