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After many years of taking vitamin I (Ibuprophen) and making routine visits to the chiro I am getting ready to give in and do something drastic.

I am a very active person. Years and years of triathlons and marathons. However with even the slightest of wrong moves my back goes out of whack.

Yesterday I sat on an exercise bike wrong and my back went out bad. In my case it means I am forced over to the left. I look like I am shaped like an S that leans forward. The pain is terrible. Past MRI's have shown two bad discs and degenerative disc disease. On one side of my lower spine the muscle squeezes so hard I can barely breathe.

After several days of ice and sitting around it all relaxes, life returns to normal. In past years I would visit my chiro a few times, then things would eventually return to normal.

I guess my question is: Has anyone else here had these problems? What did you do to make things better? Is surgery a viable option? Would regular visits to the chiro help, a schedule of visits whether I am hurting or not? Do I have to give up the things I love?? (running... biking.. etc??)

Please give me some advice. I had to sit on the sidelines yesterday as my five year old was sledding up and down a hill... I hate having to miss these great things in my life.
[QUOTE=kmantei;2754744]After many years of taking vitamin I (Ibuprophen) and making routine visits to the chiro I am getting ready to give in and do something drastic.

I am a very active person. Years and years of triathlons and marathons. However with even the slightest of wrong moves my back goes out of whack.

Yesterday I sat on an exercise bike wrong and my back went out bad. In my case it means I am forced over to the left. I look like I am shaped like an S that leans forward. The pain is terrible. Past MRI's have shown two bad discs and degenerative disc disease. On one side of my lower spine the muscle squeezes so hard I can barely breathe.

After several days of ice and sitting around it all relaxes, life returns to normal. In past years I would visit my chiro a few times, then things would eventually return to normal.

I guess my question is: Has anyone else here had these problems? What did you do to make things better? Is surgery a viable option? Would regular visits to the chiro help, a schedule of visits whether I am hurting or not? Do I have to give up the things I love?? (running... biking.. etc??)

Please give me some advice. I had to sit on the sidelines yesterday as my five year old was sledding up and down a hill... I hate having to miss these great things in my life.[/QUOTE]

Surgery is a viable option if you dont want to see a chiropracter forever, their a boneafied physical therapest. If streaching hirts and the pain wont go away with pain killers I would say talk to a orthopedic specialest.
This sounds almost exactly like the lower back pain I experience from time to time. Most of the time (99%) I am fine, but every 3 or 4 months, sometimes more, my lower back goes into a spasm to the point where I can hardly walk. I turn into an ‘S’ with my entire upper body ‘shifting’ to the left, due to not being able to support much weight on the right side. I have never had X-rays or anything taken as the situation usually resolves in less than a week, with chiropractic adjustments and Advil…

I am also a runner, just completed my 17th Marathon (qualified for Boston for the 1st time with 3:45:59). I have a suspicion that my weight plays a role; I have less back problems when I am under 170 lbs, more when I am over. I am now at 175, having gained a few pounds back since the marathon.

Other than running about 30 miles or so per week (up to 50 per week leading up to a race), I also do stationary rowing and weight-lifting. Neither of those activities seem to have any direct affect on my back. There is never an ‘aha!’ moment, i.e. I am unable to connect the back spasm with a specific event/exercise/action. It just happens apparently for no reason… Of course I realize there is a cause/effect involved and perhaps it is time to make an appointment with a back specialist so that they can take a look. I am 55.

Long hot baths provide me with the best immediate relief for the pain. Otherwise I grit my teeth, have a cup of tea and count my blessings.

Good luck with the running & triathlons

Bert
Houston





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