Watch your back! Or, trust me, it will force you to!!

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by natshare, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Here I am, mid-50's, slowly losing that middle-age gut I earned during my 40's, exercising, really starting to build up my walk distance.....

    So 4 weeks ago, I'm cooking dinner, and needed a small plastic bowl, in one of the lower kitchen cupboards. Bent over, and WHAM!! Dammit, there goes that *muscle* pull again! Always in the same spot, left side of my spine, lower back, right around the glute. **sigh** The "fun" part of getting older, right? Give it a week, like I always have, it will stop hurting so much, and I can return to normal.

    Except, it didn't. A week goes by, I'm still hurting! A week and a half, and it's hurting WORSE. Just f***ing painful, to sit, stand, lie down....pretty much anything, including sneeze!! So I double check, and sure enough, my health insurance covers chiropractor's visits, so I make a call, and set up a visit for the next day. Go in, have my exam by the doctor, and a couple x-rays, with another appointment the next day, to discuss the results.

    Come to find out, my two lowest lumbar disks are in SAD shape! Instead of the nice healthy disks they should be (about 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick), these poor disks are thinned down to 1/4 inch toward the outer part of my spine, and 1/8 inch (maybe a bit less) toward the inner part! There's evidence, too, on the x-ray, that I might be starting to form a nice bone spur, on my lowest vertebrae. And where I ought to have a nice curvature, in my lower spine, it looks like a very slight one, instead.

    So much for being in great shape!

    The cause? Too many years with that gut hanging out, pushing my back out of shape, and putting extra stress on those disks. Too many years of bad posture, usually while sitting (so now I'm making a real effort to sit up straight, stand more often, and not cringe, every time I think of my father, telling me to stop slouching so much, as a kid!).

    The cure? There is none. The damage is done, and all we can do now, is try to slow down the rate of the damage occurring. I'm doing 3x a week at the chiropractor's, then we'll do a reassessment, and likely cut down to once or twice a week, eventually whittling it down to just the occasional visit, to ensure everything is staying where it's supposed to be. I do have to say, my back feels better, now, than it has in years (and will admit, that I should have done the chiropractor thing YEARS ago!).

    So if you're reaching middle age, or already past, and feel as though your back needs a tune up, I would definitely recommend checking out a "back cracker" doctor. If you're overweight, seriously consider losing the if you needed another reason to do so, right? I'm lucky. I discovered this at the 3rd state of degeneration, instead of the 4th or 5th, where they start talking about fusing vertebrae, just so you can function, and drugs to keep you going, through the pain. I'm still able to work out, and walk (just did a 2 mile walk, this past Thursday), and will hopefully build the strength up, to help hold things together, as long as possible. I'll probably never be able to carry a heavy backpack, though, without causing additional damage to those disks, so I'll have to adjust any bugging out plans accordingly.

    Here's to 2017, and good health. Take good care of your body,'s the only one you'll get! (y)
  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Good post! :) I hope you're back hangs in for a good long time!
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I KNOW that muscle tweak, same one I betcha. That said, it takes about a week to stop messing with my life style. I'll get my quack to have a look next time I go to visit. (No do-lap here, too skinny. Dunno what triggers it.)
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  4. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Keep it up it is difficult.

    I was pushing 240 now down to 211 this morning.
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  5. Tempstar

    Tempstar Old and crochety Site Supporter+

    Check out Southern Spine Institute. One of our guys went there after suffering for years and they went in and did something to the disks and he says it was "life changing". He only has about a 2" scar, so I have no idea how they did it. He walked out of there the same day.
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  6. Lone Gunman

    Lone Gunman Draw Varmint!

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  7. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Thanks for the info, everyone! Like I said, I'm slowly losing the weight, over the past year. Down about a pound or two a month, which is sustainable. 3 years ago, I lost 70 pounds in 6 months, but couldn't stay "clean" with my diet, with everything going on in my life, so gained back 20 of those "lost" pounds (funny, how fast you can find them again, isn't it?).

    I've attached a photo I took, of my x-ray, from 4 weeks ago. Excuse any funny crease looking lines, as I don't have one of those fancy x-ray viewing things, like the doctor's office has.....just a white sheet, hung in front of a bright window, and my cell phone camera to take the photo! Fancy, eh? LOL

    The black arrow shows the 3rd disk up, from my pelvis, as a nice, normal, healthy (thick) disk. The two below, where the red arrows are, show the deteriorated disks. Could be better (couldn't anything, really?), but at least not ruptured, or herniated, for which I'm thankful. :cool:
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  8. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    The Link Lone Gunman gave you is pretty good, the traction and the exercises do take the pressure off. the other exercise is is hop flexor stretches

    my fav is to ly on your back with your leggs up the wall
    bend left leg, put ankle over opposite knee and slowly slide your right leg down the wall, hold for count of 30... do both legs, loosing these hip muscles will relieve pressure on your lower back
  9. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Take a Styrofoam cup and fill it with water... next time you have those pains have your significant other peel the lip of the cup down an inch and rub over the area. it does three things ... numbs the area, triggers spasms before they get too bad, increases blood flow...
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  10. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I sympathise nat, I have a couple of very narrowed lumbar disks, which occasionally flare up, (about once every couple to three or so years), usually in response to a general immune reaction to a severe cold or flu. Nothing much I can do about it except to take analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and chicken soup. Best wishes with a speedy recovery.
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  11. Pineknot

    Pineknot Concrete Monkey Site Supporter+++

    How is your progress coming along? I am dealing with the exact same thing except I'm in my late 30's. start 3 days a week therapy next week!!
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