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        04-23-2013, 09:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Hero - I have always been swaybacked so my back has always been a little pissy if I didn't sit right or stand right. If I slept on a cranky bed - yeah....my back let me know it. I worked for Sherwin Williams for 10 years and the last year was in a store. Previously I had been in outside sales for them so I wasn't in a regular store. The year in the store nearly killed me...literally. Ruined my knee and had to have surgery. Lifting 5 gallon buckets of paint and 48 lb cubes of sheetrock mud was HARD work. We did get one of the mechanical beds that helped my back more than I can say. I could get up in the morning and not feel like my backbone had been crushed. It would go away after walking around. I also would sit for hours on a barstool making cakes. I would get up and not be able to straighten up!

    But for the most part - this just came on like gang busters in October. One day I could walk and the next day literally I couldn't. Within 2 weeks of getting electrical shocks I started wobbling.

    I don't know where you are at but if you are anywhere near Houston, Texas go see Dr. Murphy. Surgery may or may not be the answer for you but being in pain all the time sucks.

    My sway back was alway cranky - I used to love to hang from the Monkey Bars at school because it made my back feel better. When I gave birth naturally to my first child, my back felt better than it had in years. It is more soreness and tiredness - not huge pains or anything like that.

    I hope you get better. Being in pain really drags you down. I want to get better so I can go ride my Biscuit Man. I can't go out to the barn til May 6. I have to go to the doctor that day and I will be going to see my horses before I head to Houston!
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        04-23-2013, 11:15 PM
    Still praying for you girl. It's going to get better and better from here!!
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        04-23-2013, 11:21 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks Chickie. I am way improved from before surgery thank God. I miss my horses more than I can say but I know to be able to ride in the future I have to suck it up now!
        04-23-2013, 11:28 PM
    Definitely worth it. I know Fabio and his friend miss you !!
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        04-24-2013, 08:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Do you find that getting off and on the horse is a big problem? I just recently got dx with back problems. Low back ,coccix ;( painfull and burning sensations all the time.. I cannot lift my leg to get on and off now w/o wanting to cry..
        04-24-2013, 10:07 PM
    Green Broke
    I wasn't in pain thank God. It was just hard to lift my leg over the cantle getting on and off. I couldn't feel my feet and tell whether they were out of the stirrups or not.

    I am so sorry you are in pain. My heart goes out to you. Did you break your tailbone?
        04-25-2013, 02:37 AM
    Green Broke
    Q, nope never broke it. Landed on it a few times though.lol, when I was much much younger and did foolish daredevil horse riding things..
    Guess its just age and from doing stupid things when I was a kid.
        04-25-2013, 11:41 AM
    Green Broke
    Have a neurosurgeon check it out. Therapy or surgery may help. Ice packs and heat.

    Uhhhhhhhhhhh that sounds so painful. Have you had an MRI for it?
        04-26-2013, 08:03 AM
    QOS I wish you well in your recovery. Now you get to spend some good hang out time with Biscuit. A saddle with a good deep seat is made by Circle Y, a western. It might be part of their High Horse line. It offers great pelvic support and "makes ya ride tall in the saddle".
        04-26-2013, 05:20 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks Saddlebag. If I get a new saddle it will be a Steele. My cousin got one last year and it is super nice and she loves it. Another lady at my barn has one that is 30 years old...she owing it for 25. They are fabulous.

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