Originally Posted by chomps1211
Yup! That's what I'm afraid of at this point. asked the Chiro that very ? and he said I had swelling and a bruised disk but not
herniated. I don't know how he came to that conclusion as I understood that an MRI is the only definitive way to detect a herniated disk.
Missed work yesterday, and looking like today is a no go as well! Not to mention at this point, I'm about 80% certain that my snowboarding vacation next week is out! FML again!!!!
I'm good and pain free lying down, but as soon as I get vertical load on my spine, I'm in pain. Sitting, standing whatever. If I put my hands down on a countertop or chair, and take even a slight bit of the vert load off my spine, the pain goes away.
So I'm fairly certain at this point that this is more serious than any past back trouble I've had! I hope this isn't the end of my season!
I ended up with a herniated disc in the middle of all my trouble which slowed down progress, but isn't the end of the world - my physio didn't tell me but if didn't respond well I would have had to go for an operation but luckily it did. Not saying yours will be, but (a) they can tell without an MRI (not as definitively obviously) and (b) if it goes that way don't panic.
My heart goes out to you because I had to give up a lot for a long time to sort out my issues too (though I did take a boarding trip in the middle of it all!
Probably didn't help but...). If that's the case, you just have to treat it as training. Prep for your next season or whatever. Be very focussed on getting it "fixed" and don't dwell on what you are missing in the short term. Easier said than done, I know,