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#1 golfer

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:51 AM

Hey everyone. Well the worst injury ive ever had is bugging me as we speak. Ive had a swollen disc in my lower back for at least 2 months now. Im going to the sports doc 3 times a week, and it doesnt seem to be doing very much, or if it is its happening damm slow! Im not sure how i did it, but im blaming golf, cause its the only real activity i do these days.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and how did you overcome it? And information is gonna help me!



#2 birdieblitz

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 08:22 AM

Hmmm... how was it diagnosed. Best seen on MRI. You should've at least had a CT scan. If not accompanied by neurological symptoms, eg pins and needles or numbness, it should settle down with bed rest. Unfortunately, its more common as you get older, and can recur. take note of what activities brought it on and avoid it. Maximise your pain killers. Try back supports like velcro braces. If your work requires heavy lifting, time to change jobs. lose weight.
See a back surgeon as pretty much a last resort. Surgery for herniated discs and laminectomies provide medium term relief only. Your GP should have told you all the above already.



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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:52 PM

QUOTE: birdieblitz @ Jan 28 2006, 09:52 PM


Hmmm... how was it diagnosed. Best seen on MRI. You should've at least had a CT scan. If not accompanied by neurological symptoms, eg pins and needles or numbness, it should settle down with bed rest. Unfortunately, its more common as you get older, and can recur. take note of what activities brought it on and avoid it. Maximise your pain killers. Try back supports like velcro braces. If your work requires heavy lifting, time to change jobs. lose weight.
See a back surgeon as pretty much a last resort. Surgery for herniated discs and laminectomies provide medium term relief only. Your GP should have told you all the above already.

Thanks birdeblitz, and yes he did mention most of the above. He didnt want to pump me full of radiation so CT scan was outta the question, but the MRI looks like its on the cards. He didnt mention anything about weight, i have put on 2 kgs over the past 2 months but thats cause i havent been able to do any activities, maybe thats one thing i shouls look into. It just sucks that you have to see a back surgeon to get an MRI, well thats what ive been told.



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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:08 PM

Hi golfer

as my tag implies I'm a real doc. Have to agree with what Birdie Blitz said, although at the 2 month mark bed rest won't change much. Personally I send people off for CT if things haven't settled after 3-4 weeks with rest, anti-inflamms, limiting bending, heavy lifting etc. As far as CT is concerned, yes it is higher dose radiation than a plain XR, but should give you enough info, and not enough radiation to make you grow extra limbs or anything like that!!

Depending on where you live (?Australia) an MRI can be ordered by your GP - only difference is you have to pay the full cost, not reimbursed by medicare. However some places charge a gap on top of medicare even if ordered by a specialist, so you're still out of pocket a fair whack.

Most importantly, have you tried physio yet - a good physio can work wonders, particularly with exercises to help core strength (abs etc). Another alternative, although I'm less of a fan, is chiropractors.

Hope this helps.

Feel free to PM if you want more advice.



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Posted 30 January 2006 - 01:43 AM

Chiro is for chumps. Some ppl swear by it. The spine is held by some very tough ligaments, and surrounded by layers upon layers of muscles. These muscles help your posture. Unless you are built like a gorilla, you prob cant budge a human spine. The areas of impingement are well inside the the spine. These areas are sensitive to any alteration in the amount of space that the nerves require to travel in. Even if someone can move one segment of vertebrae on another, it is more likely that they will make it worse.
To me, chiro makes no sense. Physio on the other hand, is just exercises to strength the muscles to decrease the load on your back and maintain good posture. It requires time to condition these muscles, and a lot of pain. Use physio with good pain killers.



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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:05 AM

QUOTE: birdieblitz @ Jan 29 2006, 03:13 PM


Chiro is for chumps. Some ppl swear by it. The spine is held by some very tough ligaments, and surrounded by layers upon layers of muscles. These muscles help your posture. Unless you are built like a gorilla, you prob cant budge a human spine. The areas of impingement are well inside the the spine. These areas are sensitive to any alteration in the amount of space that the nerves require to travel in. Even if someone can move one segment of vertebrae on another, it is more likely that they will make it worse.
To me, chiro makes no sense. Physio on the other hand, is just exercises to strength the muscles to decrease the load on your back and maintain good posture. It requires time to condition these muscles, and a lot of pain. Use physio with good pain killers.

Lol, it just depends on the strength of each persons back i guess. Chiro do have their place in these type of issues i beleive, but physio's are also just as reletive.



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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:31 AM

I tend to agree re chiro with birdie blitz - just I was trying to be a bit more diplomatic. As I said, I'm not a fan, and wouldn't go to one myself - but I know some people who swear by them... they often swear by naturopaths too but that's a whole different subject.

Horses for courses, whatever your comfortable with. Some people don't like doctors too - fine by me.






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