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Hi AmbrMF....

I remember when my injury ( a repetitive stress injury) flared up...it felt just like I had bounced down a few stairs on my butt. It was REALLY sore and tender, I remember I couldn't sit for very long (I was a database admin which required 4-6 hours sitting straight). It got progressively worse as I continued the movements that were stressing out my disks...within 2 or 4 weeks (you would never believe the horrible situation they had me sitting in)... I was a muscle-spasming, body-twitching mess. At that time I was complaining that it felt like I was sitting on a golf ball (on the right side of my rump).

Turns out that "golf ball" was an inverted hernia. But before that happened...it really did feel like I had bounced on my butt a few times on a hard floor. It was kinda tender to the touch as well. I would REALLY encourage you to let your folks know the suggestions we are saying here (let her read them). My suggestion is that you go to your doctor and ask for an MRI. It is a good (non-abtrusive) diagnostic test that takes 'pictures' of your spine in itty-bitty segments. Generally...it will show tears, 'normal herniations', DDD, and the like.

The first doctor I saw thought I had "piriformis syndrome". The piriformis is the muscle that runs horizontal across the top of your bum. If that is hurt, twisting left or right (with hips only, not upper torso) will cause pain. Many times the injured piriformis (which may be inflammed) will impinge on the sciatic nerve which runs vertically from (as I say) toes to nose in a manner of speaking. If you aren't experiencing sciatica...it may be something to watch out for. Intense pain that reverberates down to your foot. Generally begins on one side and if left untreated, could eventually affect both sides of your legs and feet.

You are so very young to be having problems. The average healthy human body can easily sit for 20-30 minutes at a stretch. Our bodies do this without us even knowing. Your body will signal crossing legs, switching, maybe leaning on one side or the other when it reaches it's threshold. It just "changes" on its own, sometimes just to turn or to stretch. None of us even realize this because it is like breathing, or blinking.

I have friends who "love to drive"...they claim they can sit for 10 - 12 - 16 - 20 hours a stretch to drive cross-country (or something) and they are "just fine". What they don't mention is the # of times they switched radio stations or put in music CDs or tapes, got a snack from the back (stretching arm back causes your hips to turn....your body is moving so that it can deal with the lengthy sitting. You move your neck around because it's stiff...you readjust your butt on the seat...you open a window. None of this is done one right after the other, it is done throughout the 10-20 hours driving stretch. You may have even stopped to stretch your muscles too!

But back to your injury and how you could have done it. Was the roller coaster an old one...the kind that goes 'rickety-rickety-rickety-rick as it goes up at the beginning? Was it made of wood and steel..hard seats and lots of vibration and shaking of the rollercoaster car? This could very well have caused something to happen to your back. I hope you see the dotor soon and get some resolution NOW. The longer you allow the pain to remain...the more likelihood your back pain could become chronic, and that would be such a shame. Good luck to you.



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successtory
Oct 2000: Repetitive Stress Injury-Inverted Hernia
Feb 2001: MRI. Shows only slight bulge at L4-L5
Dec 2001: Discogram/CT scan shows Inverted Hernia at L5-S1. L4-L5 & L5-S1 ruptured in all 4 quadrants. Unable to walk.
Feb 2002: IDET, Nucleoplasty, Intra-Discal Injections
Sept 2002: Rated in the top 10% for successful patients. Retraining for new career.





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