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should I hold off? Lower back strain

2 weeks ago I threw my back out doing nothing... I was bed ridden for about a week, saw the doctors, all they gave me were muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, hydrocodone. initial pain when I threw out my back was 7-8 (10 scale), now it's a solid 4, reduced to 2 with meds. I'm supposed to go shred in 3 days. is it a bad idea to go?

no slipped disc or herniation

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Personally? I'd wait. Back injuries are a bitch and it'll be a hindrance all season long if you don't let it fully heal. It's November. Wait.
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Personally? I'd wait. Back injuries are a bitch and it'll be a hindrance all season long if you don't let it fully heal. It's November. Wait.
That is probably good advice, better safe than sorry. A lot of us don't even have snow (or any sign of it) so...
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2 weeks ago I threw my back out doing nothing... I was bed ridden for about a week, saw the doctors, all they gave me were muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, hydrocodone. initial pain when I threw out my back was 7-8 (10 scale), now it's a solid 4, reduced to 2 with meds. I'm supposed to go shred in 3 days. is it a bad idea to go?

no slipped disc or herniation
You know this because you had an MRI? Xrays alone wont show a herniated disc. Any shooting pain into your extremities? If so,.. You should get an MRI. That's Not a good sign.

DONT mess around with a back injury. You're future could wind up looking something like this.....


I can tell you from experience,... Better to miss a couple of days shredding than the ENTIRE season!
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Dude I know how you feel. I put mine out a few years ago picking up a damn towell. Would have been like a 9 or even my 10 for pain. I never had extended medical at the time and it was a couple of massages and chiropractor visits that helped so much.

But yeah, you know deep down its a bad idea. The snowboarding I mean.
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yeah, all signs are pointing at me not to go, friends/family/strangers on the internet.. I'm leaning towards not going. if I wake up on friday with no pain what so ever I'm going to go, but if it's even a 1 on a pain scale, I guess I'll stay home. if anyone else has some knowledge care to share.
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try acupuncture yet ?
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try acupuncture yet ?
while I do believe in acupuncture, since this pain is slowly fading(really fucking slowly), I am holding off on acupuncture. if the pain becomes chronic, yes I will go.
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another vote for wait. don't ruin your season in November. Let it heal and ease into it slowly.
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Definitely take it easy and don't be fooled by painkillers. A few seasons ago I started the season with mild back pain relying on 800mg of ibuprofen per pop but at the end of the season the pain had gotten so bad I had to see a doctor. He told me a muscle had likely been torn but since it didn't have time to heal properly it had hardened into a scar tissue. Took a lot of time, money, and rehab sessions to get it back to healthy.
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