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post #1 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Finally went to the Dr...What would you guys do?

I came off of Rook 12 days ago and wasn't planning on going to the Dr. Until my friends scared me into it. So I went today.

When I fell, I hit a packed clay logging road with a few rocks scattered here and there. The biggest bruise took up the whole left cheek of my bum . But the bruising went across the base of my back, with some numbness certain ways that I move, and I've also been having some serious pain in my right side. I've tried a back brace on the lower part of my back with no results. Then I tried it up around my side, and it did help...the pain wasn't so bad. So, I go to the ER because I didn't want to have to drive all around town for X-rays and such. Here's the run-down of what he said...after 6 hrs there. I have deep deep bruising, which he said would probably still be coming out for the next couple of weeks; a pinched nerve at the base of my spine; and it "looks like" I've cracked one of the ribs I broke last year.

I rode Rosie this past Saturday, and if it hadn't been such a long ride, I think I would have been fine. Of course the last thing I asked him before he walked out of my room was "So, when can I ride again?". Much to my suprise, he told me when I feel like it! Of course he told me that if I started hurting bad that it was time to get off (duhh). He also told me that if the brace helped my side to be sure to wear it, as long as it wasn't too tight.

Does this sound right to you guys? I mean I enjoyed my ride last Saturday...other than the pain towards the last part. But I wanted to ride this Saturday because it's the last club ride of the year...with dinner both nights (Fri night being the Christmas party with a dj), and I wanted to ride Rosie one more time before her surgery this coming Thursday. I figured I wouldn't do the Sunday ride because it's supposed to be much longer and more people. And definitely no camping out because I can't imagine trying to sleep on a cot right now. It's close enough for me to drive back and forth though. What would you guys do?

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:31 PM
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If the doctor thinks you're okay to ride, and you feel you're up to it, I say go ahead.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:34 PM
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I agree with SR, so long as the Dr didn't give you a reason to not ride, go ahead. It might actually help keep you from getting so sore and tight by working some of your muscles you don't use when you just walk around.

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Well if that's the case smrobs, maybe I will ride both days...

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:53 PM
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But...... It won't do you a bit of good if you are so tired and sore by the end of the ride that you can't walk .

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post #6 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Very true!!! That's the was I was last Saturday. Our little 2 hour ride turned into 5. But with hunting season here, we're just going to be staying around the farm on Saturday. I don't think it should be too bad. I spoke to one of the officers of the club last night, and he didn't expect the ride to be over 2 or 3 hours. He has also offered to take me and Rosie both days, and help getting the saddle on and off. I'll see how I feel after Saturdays ride and decide from there if I'm going to try to ride on Sunday.

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I think it sounds fine for you to do, just don't push your limits.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-11-2010, 04:38 PM
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And for the bonus.....****ding ding ding**** It massages your bruise, which will make the hard lump in your butt better faster! LOL!

Like everyone has said-just don't overdo it.

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-14-2010, 10:18 PM
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I was in a very similar situation recently! Deep bruising, back issues, etc. The doctor told me not to ride until it felt okay...Which took two weeks. But when I got back on the horse it was once I could walk and function and run for a few steps without pain. Play it by ear. If it hurts, don't do it!

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-15-2010, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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I did it. I think the doc was right when he said it may put things back in place! It was only a 2 hr ride on Sat, and even though I was hurting when we got back, I felt much better on Sun. Hardly no pain in my back...mostly numbness when I'm walking. Rib still hurts, but I did keep the brace on around it most of the weekend. I know it's going to take it a while to heal. It was a great weekend. I even got to hang out with my Dad yesterday (so I didn't ride both days). He even spent the night with me! Well, most of it anyway. He called about 7:30 this morning from home. Said he left between 2:30 and 3 this morning.

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