My Spines Downhill battle!
Yes,.. pun intended!
I have posted a lot about my recent back and arthritis problems in the "Today I Hate" thread, but since I was having so many issues lately I was starting to feel like I was monopolizing the thread.
I thought since there have been a few X-rays posted lately, (...Slyder, really bummed hearing about your daughters arm man!) I thought I'd show you folks exactly what I'm talking about when I say my back is getting worse.
The first X-ray for each view was taken about 4-5 years ago by my arthritis doctor! The second was taken late this summer when I had to go in for my first Chiropractors visit! I think you will probably agree with me (...and the doc.) that the changes are Not for the better! (I took thes pics with my cell phone at the dr's office, so apologies for the quality!)
4 years ago:
6 months ago:
I was genuinely shocked when I first saw the 2nd AP view from this summer!! I couldn't believe how abruptly my spine makes that sharp S turn from my pelvis!! :blink: :eek:
Lateral view 4 y/a:
Lat view 6 mo ago.
Fun stuff, eh? :dunno: :dizzy: And I haven't even got the F'd up cervical views to show you! :blink: This along with the more frequent and severe arthritis flares I've been getting has had me quite frustrated of late!
Anyway, I'm not looking for sympathy or "poor 'Ol chomps." I Just didn't want anyone thinking I was doing all this whining over some minor little wussy shit! I've been living with varying degrees of chronic mild to acutely painful shit of one sort or another for the better part of the last 25+ years!
And while I almost always manage to get to work! I even manage to get out and do a fair amount of fun shit like MTB, Snowboarding, hiking, kayak etc. But, I also (apparently) spend a fair amount of time with a,.. for lack of a better word, Serious,.. maybe even grumpy, pissed off look on my face! I guess I don't notice it because I'm just trying to focus on ignoring the pain and getting thru my day at those times! That sometimes takes a LOT of concentration to accomplish! So,...???
Hence my attitude towards the numb nuts strangers when they give me that, "Smile, it's can't be that bad" shit! I love to laugh and have a good time! But I have never been one of those ppl who walk around with a shit eating grin, happy go lucky all the time!
...Sincere apologies to those of you who are "happy" all the time! (I hate you all BTW!) ;) lol!
It's been a long time since these physical problems have kept my down for more than a few days, and missing all the damn fine snowboarding the last 3 weeks, (...best damn season here in MI for decades! This Jan. set an all time record for snowfall by more than 20+ inches!!) All this has understandably had me even more frustrated, angry and on edge!
...and since my family doesn't understand the attraction to going out in the cold for hours/days at a time, I get absolutely NO sympathy there!
I just needed to rant 'n' rave a bit over my frustration, and I figured if anybody would understand my disappointment and anger over this, it would be the people here! (...sarcastic jabs and "F.U. Wussy" cracks and all!) :laugh: :thumbsup:
I feel I should also add that Snowboarding? This is one of those things that when I'm out shredding it,.. I definitely have that shit eating grin glued on my face!!!! :D And because prior to the return of these physical problems? I was finally in a position to get out a LOT more than I could the last two seasons! That's why missing out lately has had me in such a foul, pissy, whining little Beee-atch mood! ;)
Damn dude. I know for personal experience that spine (back, neck) pain can be debilitating. Hang in there. Are you getting muscle spasms? Doctor give you any muscle relaxants? It's not a solution, but it can help with the discomfort.
So...what is the Doc saying in terms of solutions? Therapy? I would try to find an old chinese person to look at those x-rays.
C'mon Chomps, it aint over! Yoga?! Get gnarly with your diet and drop 20lbs?
Can u walk?
Get that medical too.
this looks like a job for.....SuperWeed!
The new Chiro I saw yesterday put me in traction for 10-15 minute. That along with the Psoas stretches I was doing the last 3-4 days did wonders! My back feels Much netter today! No shooting pains, no spasms! While I probably can't afford the 2-3 sessions a week he wants to do. (...and with the new ins. limiting me to 25 visits a year now!) :-/
I figure since the traction seemed to really help? I can probably afford the $200 "Teeters" inversion table I saw at CostCo, that along with maybe 2-3 Chiro visits a month for a month or two! Hopefully that will be good enough!
I have tried some yoga, but not unlike my search for a competent Dr? The beginners class I attended recently at my Gym, the dumb bitch running it was sooo bad. She didn't offer any instruction whatsoever, even to those students where it was obvious they were new & didn't know anything. She Just babbled off poses rapid fire one to the next, spouting a lot of "New Agey" mumbo jumbo between them! By trying to copy the others students there? I wound up pulling a hamstring so bad I limped for a week! :blink:
I would like to try again, with a real beginners class with a good instructor, but unless it's offered at the gym I already pay dues for? I will have to pay extra for it. Not a lot of coin for "extras" right now! Gotta pick n choose what I can afford to do! As I mentioned in the Today I hate thread, I am NOT dismissing any of the suggestions I've received. It's just I can only afford to try many of them one or two at a time.
....and YES!!! You're absolutely right about the 20 lbs. (...more like 30 actually!) Now that's gonna be HARD!
But don't mistake my intent here! I haven't given up at all!!! I intend to stay well enough to keep boarding until it, extreme old age, or my back cripples me! ;) It's just been a VERY bad last 3 weeks! :dunno:
i've not done much yoga, but what i did, i did with a youtube instructor, she was awesome, paused and repeated without complaint!
not to mention she gave a free house call and had a bunch of hawt ass girlfriends too...lulz...
...cuz my kind of "clueless" must be a medical condition!!! LOL!
Of course,.. YouTube!!! Now why didn't I think of that! :dunno:
(....best of all?? I can't be asked to leave for Gawking at all the Yoga panted bootyliciousness!) :D
I feel your pain literally. My L3-L4 isn't as bad of a curve as you have. Mine is degenerative disc with a buldge.
Sneezing at times when my back goes out will drop me to my knee and literally cry with pain. I sometimes feel the sneeze and can get into a positon that helps.
I swear by a great Chiropractor and they are not all the same. If you even need input I have 2 family members and a good friend I can always put you in contact with to ask a question or 2 of
This like you has really held my riding back, other factors as well. If I landed wrong off a mid size jump or on the flat from a bad landing ramp on a box it was very bad and I would be done instantly for that day or session
Last year I started trying an inversion table. OMG did that help. Then my Chiro started me on the traction table, again OMG the relief was incredible.
Now I combine all this with some great stretches he gave me that have done wonders. My back hasn't felt this great in years !!!
PM me if you want info on the stretches to see if your Chiro will let you do them
I hope you are able to find a combination that works for you and if you ever need or chat about backs hit me up. Been seeing my Chiro since 89, my job is very physical and he has kept me from having to change careers do to my back.
Perhaps a hot little Asian gal walking on your back, Rolfing, inversion and subversion....like a flotation tank...seriously REST tank restricted environmental stimulation therapy...have been interested since the 80's, did grad research with them and they can be an awesome tool.
Whew, God bless you man.
My older brother has a pretty bad back. With a lot of PT and some diet changes...gluten free diet...he's doing pretty good.
The P90x yoga is good. At least that can get you accustomed to the stretching and moves and build some strength. After a couple weeks you will be able to take a class and not feel intimidated. Hell, I'll send you a copy to check it out if you want. Shoot me a PM if interested.
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