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Well I have raced mountain bikes downhill for like 6 years and I had a huge wipeout @ Searchmont ski resort (in Canada) a while back and I have a ruptured disk in my lower back.... In 2 days I go in for a spinal fusion.... so the rest of the summer is over for me (car racing, bike racing, projects, concerts) As soon as I can I will be back @ building my Escamino, but that will be a few months. This really sucks (have not left the floor in a week) I just finished the race car, got to drive it once, and now get to "look" at it till next summer. I will keep you all updated when I get started building cars again.


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Let me guess - L4/L5?

Are you sure you want to go ahead with fusion? I did my L4/L5 and I considered fusion also. I was talked out of it. My back acts up once in a while but I just have to be careful. I survive on a regular dose of hot tub and two ibuprofen every day.

Sucks though.
 

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Let me guess - L4/L5?

Are you sure you want to go ahead with fusion? I did my L4/L5 and I considered fusion also. I was talked out of it. My back acts up once in a while but I just have to be careful. I survive on a regular dose of hot tub and two ibuprofen every day.

Sucks though.
Your right L4/L5

It has been bothering me for quite a while and have tried lots or different things....It keeps getting worse. Entire right leg is numb and standing or even sitting up is no longer an option.....

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Sounds like your case is worse than mine. I also have to put one of those old people lumbar support thingies behind me whenever I drive (there's one in my Escort permanently - oh, it's so embarassing).

I'll tell you what...when my wife gets home from work I'll have her pm you. She's a physio-the-rapist who's pretty good at what she does. She also gives me acupuncture when mine gets really bad. That's why I married her :lol: . She should be home in about 3 hours. She's nuts. She'll prolly invite you over and put you through all kinds of impossible exercises.
 

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ibuprofen: my friend practically lives on that stuff, and last time he went for a doctor's appointment, the doc said that he had some liver damage. Of course, him being 20, the doc thought it could be alcohol abuse, but he's still quite young, and not a huge drinker. Nevertheless, I just wanted to let you know that ibuprofen can definetly do bad things to your body.

I've never taken it before... I love pain.
 

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highanddry said:
She's a physio-the-rapist who's pretty good at what she does. She also gives me acupuncture when mine gets really bad. That's why I married her :lol: . She should be home in about 3 hours. She's nuts. She'll prolly invite you over and put you through all kinds of impossible exercises.
Hmmmm Sounds interesting

The course had a 15' drop off rock outcropping, and in one of the practice runs I did not make it. When I went off the top I was already around 15/20 mph + the accel of the drop and I wound up landing only on my right leg and jammed it up inside me. Being up in Canada I suffered thru the weekend and even did the race the next day.... Well I am paying for it now.....

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Yeah, that same women who giggles as she thrusts needles in my back has warned me about the liver problems that ibuprofen can cause. Yet she still feeds me the dope - maybe I should see what insurance she has taken out on me. 8O

She also tells me the hot tub is bad for sperm count. However, she's currently carrying a bun in the oven, so it can't be that bad (assuming the little monster is mine).

Regardless, I'll have her pm you, Grav1ty. She's the one who talked me out of fusion.
 

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Sorry to hear that Gravity.. though, I hope that means you'll be wasting even more time online :D
Heheh I have the computer set up on my coffee table so it is at a good height to see... since I have been spending so much time flat on the floor....

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Hey Grav1ty - my wife just typed you a long email at your listed address, but the email didn't go through.

I know this isn't a forum for medical advice, but given your timeline (2 days), I'll ask her to re-write some of that stuff here. My apologies to anyone who gets all huffy for this info not belonging on this forum.

Hi! I'm Highanddry's wife (also a physical therapist). I understand you are undergoing a vertebral fusion for a herniated disc. Before you go under the knife, just thought I'd give you some info.

Vertebral fusions are usually not performed unless conservative treatment has failed i.e. physical therapy, prescription anti-inflammatories etc. This type of surgery involves several risks including loss of range of motion in your lumbar spine and premature arthritis. If you are relatively young i.e. under age 50, there is a new surgery where they can actually replace your herniated disc with an artificial one. This maintains mobility and reduces the risk of premature arthritis. I had a patient who had a disc in his neck replaced with an artificial one; his surgery was a great success. Not all surgeons do this surgery, so you will likely have to hunt for one.

Young people should not undergo surgery for a herniated disc unless:
-you are incontinent of bowel and bladder (a sign of nerve damage)
-you have groin parasthesia (nerve damage)
-you have foot drop i.e foot drag while walking (nerve damage)
-or the disc has been proven by MRI to be beyond the point of healing and its pieces are compressing a nerve root.

Back surgery should always be your last option. It may seem like an easy solution, but the recovery period is long at least 3 months and you may not get the results you are hoping for. Always take the conservative route first.

Hope this helps.
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highanddry said:
-or the disc has been proven by MRI to be beyond the point of healing and its pieces are compressing a nerve root.
This one is me.....

Thank you for the info

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i have a case of scoliosis (twisted spine). tried everything, pt, meds (clebrex 100mg), message, heating pads, and what works for me is.... weight lifting about 2-3times a week. alse lying on the hardwood floor is ALWAYS a fav :)
MRI shows nuthing, docs said i should be in pain :-/

hope it all goes well!
 

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Thats a real bitch dude. I hope you get to feelin better soon. I am scared of two things in my lifetime, back problems and heart problems. Both are common on my dad's side of the family.
 

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siragan said:
I just wanted to let you know that ibuprofen can definetly do bad things to your body.
I'll add that to my list of reasons why I prefer aspirin. Cheaper and better.
 

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Well..... Thank you all..... Everything was a great success... Doctor said that it was the worst ruptured disk that he has seen yet... I am up and walking around and should be going home tomorrow... I am lucky enugh to be standing here checking this in the hall @ the hospital..... I am freaking out some of the workers here :D ... They will get over it.... I will be staying @ my grandmothers for a week and will log back in as soon as I can.... You all have a good day.... I know mine is a 100% better......

Thanks again

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Nice to hear that your out of the hospital and moving around! Keep us informed of your condition!!! :D
 
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