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Listen to your body

linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
edited August 2010 in Commuting chat
.... and if it seems to be telling you to rest, don't ignore it.

I am now really rather broken. I have a trapped sciatic nerve, two slipped discs and am awaiting my second MRI scan, not to see whether to have surgery or not (because that is the only way I will not end up with some paralysis in my left foot), but how urgent it is.

The surgeon has ruled any cycling out until after the surgery, so that's 2010 done and dusted.

My bikes are going in the loft for now.

:cry:
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    :cry::cry::cry:

    Stupid backs!
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    :( That sucks. Sorry to hear that, Lins.
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  • CafewandaCafewanda Posts: 2,788
    Oh hell! :shock:

    Really, really sorry to hear that Linz. A timely reminder for me to take better care of my aching joints, if I want to keep cycling/running for the longterm :(
  • Rich158Rich158 Posts: 2,348
    That's horrid, sorry to hear that Lins :cry::cry::cry: Hope you're getting plenty of tlc from +1
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  • greg66_tri_v2.0greg66_tri_v2.0 Posts: 7,172
    edited March 2010
    Jeez. That's bad. Sorry to hear that.


    Prolly best to get someone else to put the bikes in the loft, y'know, what with you having a bad back n'all. :wink:


    ETA: what does "slipped" mean, exactly? Herniated? Bulging? Something else?
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  • linsen wrote:
    .... and if it seems to be telling you to rest, don't ignore it.

    I am now really rather broken. I have a trapped sciatic nerve, two slipped discs and am awaiting my second MRI scan, not to see whether to have surgery or not (because that is the only way I will not end up with some paralysis in my left foot), but how urgent it is.

    The surgeon has ruled any cycling out until after the surgery, so that's 2010 done and dusted.

    My bikes are going in the loft for now.

    :cry:

    I am so sorry, Linsen! Back pain sucks big time. I slipped a disk in my lower back in February 2007, never experienced pain like that. Thanks to accupuncture and an excellent phisyotherapist I can stand up straight.

    The spine specialist who MRI'd me said surgery not needed in this cases and referred me to above mentioned phisyo.

    Hope you make a full recovery, try not to get too depressed and have faith that you will come out of this. Becuase you will.
  • Eau RougeEau Rouge Posts: 1,118
    That sounds terrible, I can only imagine it feels even worse. Lets hope for early surgery and a quick recovery, but no, you are not allowed wish for a rainy summer.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 42,207
    Linsen, I feel for you - I've had two lots of sciatica, once in 2002 and again last year and I still break out in cold sweats remembering the pain and blight on life in general.

    I remember the medical advice was that I should not have it operated unless it was really serious so sounds like you have a bad case :( Ironically it was the back problem that got me into cycling again as it is relatively back friendly - so hopefully you will be back in the saddle once you're fully recovered.

    Best of luck.
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    Awww, just dreadful news. *very gentle hug* :(:(:(

    Hopefully this will shore up your back for years to come.
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    :cry:
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  • suzybsuzyb Posts: 3,449
    Ouch :(
  • gert_lushgert_lush Posts: 634
    :cry::cry::cry:

    That's roooooooobish, sorry to here about that, injuries suck
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  • always_tyredalways_tyred Posts: 4,965
    One slipped disc is unfortunate, but two is simply careless.

    In all seriousness, I do get the impression that cycling may not be the thing for you, per se. This level of difficulty, for a comparative spring chicken, is really not to be expected and if your back objects this much to cycling in a realtively short space of time... you may need a contingency sport. Cycling is my contingency sport, after rowing. Rowing was my contingency sport after running/squash.

    After cycling, I suspect it will be kayaking.

    After that, I'll get a dog and start walking. That should see me though until I don't care any more.

    Linsen - as Mr. Spock said, "There are always alternatives." The main thing is to be outside, doing something pleasant with someone pleasant. Best wishes.
  • londonlivvylondonlivvy Posts: 644
    OUCH OUCH OUCH. Poor you.

    Sounds incredibly painful and frustrating.
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,146
    :cry:

    Poor Linds. I really hope that the docs get you sorted out good and proper. Perhaps him indoors can by a trailer to tow you round in this summer? :wink:

    Chin up eh, and best of luck.
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  • stuaffstuaff Posts: 1,735
    Ouch! Hope the surgery comes ASAP, and finally sorts this out.
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  • CafewandaCafewanda Posts: 2,788
    Linsen - as Mr. Spock said, "There are always alternatives." The main thing is to be outside, doing something pleasant with someone pleasant. Best wishes.

    Is that not an arrestable offence? :shock:
  • linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
    Thank you all

    The bizarre thing is that I am not actually in too much pain.

    G66 - the actual problem is two completely degenerated bulging discs. No fluid left.

    The damage was quite probably done many years ago, I blame horseriding, but cycling seems to aggravate it.

    Frustrating? Yes, a little. But I shall be glad when it is sorted, and thinking positive (as well as being glad to have an excuse to stop rushing around so much and act like lady muck ;-))
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  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Aw Linds, just what you wanted eh!

    But yes, nothing wrong with a bit of R&R. Hope it's all straightforward, if frustrating!
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  • Fireblade96Fireblade96 Posts: 1,123
    Aww Linsen, that sucks !
    Get well as soon as you can. In the meantime, may I suggest recreational drinking ?
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  • always_tyredalways_tyred Posts: 4,965
    Cafewanda wrote:
    Linsen - as Mr. Spock said, "There are always alternatives." The main thing is to be outside, doing something pleasant with someone pleasant. Best wishes.

    Is that not an arrestable offence? :shock:
    Only if you get caught.
  • linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
    AT, I like your thinking.

    Nice things with nice people - you know, I am getting there on that one.
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  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    linsen wrote:
    G66 - the actual problem is two completely degenerated bulging discs. No fluid left.

    The damage was quite probably done many years ago, I blame horseriding, but cycling seems to aggravate it.

    you know....i have spoken to 4 other horseriders in the last 3 weeks who have degenerated bulging discs! :shock:

    bad luck, but congratulations on 'aggravate'...its not often you see it used properly! :D
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  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    Bad luck !
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,557
    sorry to hear that, backs are very dangerous things so make sure you get it sorted
  • jamescojamesco Posts: 687
    Not a nice situation to be in - best wishes for healing quickly and staying healed.
  • Hope you and the medics can sort that out quickly; get well soon. Dem bones dem bones... can be fixed and stay fixed as I have thankfully found.
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,718
    Lins sorry to hear that, we still love you even without the bike.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,490
    Sorry to hear about the back.

    I hope you make a speedy recovery
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  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    Damn....

    do get better dude...


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