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    03-09-2011, 09:31 AM
cant beleive i got hurt this bad

So almost 4 weeks ago I was attempting to pull a piece of baling twine up from the ice and hurt my lower back. Dr thought I just pulled a muscle, but still been having a lot of pain. Went to the orthopedic dr and had an MRI. Got my results yesterday, I have a large bulging disk and it's compressing the nerve that runs down my leg. I have to see a spinal specialist and will probably have to have surgery! I'm scared and so mad!! How could doing something so simple and stupid get me hurt so bad!!!!!!
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    03-09-2011, 09:40 AM
hurt myself

Just a thought for you. I hurt my back years ago and had alot of pain going down my sciatic nerve due to a messed up disk. The doctors talked about back surgery and I didn't even want to think of that option. So, I did go to another doctor for a second opinion and he suggested a shot in the back with steriods to try to aleviate the swelling in the disk and the pain going down the leg. It was done as an outpatient, they did sedate me so I would be perfectly still while the injection of steriod was put into the spinal column near the disk.
When I walked into the hospital, the pain had gotten so bad and the resulting leaning walk resulting from trying to avoid the pain was really bad, I literally leaned to the left, could not straighten up my back and was in unbearable pain due to the sciatic nerve running down my leg.
When I woke up from the sedation, I got up, walked straight and had no pain at all. I had to do no lifting for a few weeks and a few other things like heat on the back and bending over exercises, but have not had any issues with my back since then. Occasionally when I overdo stuff I can feel an ache in my back and leg, but if I stop what I am doing and give it some rest, it is fine.
You might want to check into spinal injections, much easier than back surgery and it might work for you.
    03-09-2011, 09:50 AM
Littrella, you didn't just hurt yourself pulling the twine out of the ice. You've had that disk working a long time, and pulling the twine just aggravated it enough that you went to see the doctor.

Disks bulging aren't something that show up overnight, or happen because of one incident. They generally take years to develop, and there might be a genetic correlation. Do any of your parents or grandparents have back issues?
    03-09-2011, 10:05 AM
Speed racer - I have no idea, my dad is one of those that will not go to the Dr for ANYTHING!

Wyominggrandma - Thanks for the advice, I'll ask them about that.

I'm just super scared right now. I've never had surgery before and worried about what the outcome might be. If I got told I shouldn't ( or can't) ride again, that would kill me. The few people I know that have had back surgery have all had massive problems afterward
    03-09-2011, 10:12 AM
Littrella, it depends on how badly the disk is bulging. If it ruptures, you're in for a world of hurt.

My mother has had back issues her whole life. She had a series of ruptured disks, and now has a steel rod where part of her spine used to be.

Many people have bulging disks that never rupture, and as wyoming stated, you may be just fine with injections. You won't know until the doctors can get in there and look around more thoroughly.

Doctors only recommend surgery when a less invasive treatment isn't working. They really don't like mucking about with the spine unless it's absolutely necessary.

Good luck, and I hope yours is easily remedied.
    03-09-2011, 10:22 AM
There are lots of treatments out there for bulging discs. I personally would run far away from a doc that suggests surgery before less invasive treatments. Physio, injections, and specific exercise can manage the pain well for a long time. I've known a few people with back problems, and only one had to go in for surgery - her case was a bad one. She still rides.
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    03-09-2011, 12:04 PM
Originally Posted by littrella    
Speed racer - I have no idea, my dad is one of those that will not go to the Dr for ANYTHING!
Haha, my dad is one of those too.

People might get mad at me for saying this, but- you could try a chiropractor. I've had one that's helped me a lot with my back and neck. No surgery yet!
    03-09-2011, 12:19 PM
I do have a chiropractor and he's the one that sent me to the orthopedic dr. He said it was bad enough I was going to have to have something else done. :(
    03-09-2011, 12:23 PM
Oh sad. Well that was nice of him to be honest at least, rather than having you keep coming back when he can't help.
    03-09-2011, 12:55 PM
I also suggest getting a second opinion. Everyone that I have ever known to get back surgery regrets it. They seem to have constant problems and never fully recover. I would look into some less invasive procedures like WG suggested and save surgery as a very last resort.

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