Bulging disc and annular tear, anyone?
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12-03-2013, 03:46 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
I have a badly bulging disc in my L4/L5 with an annular tear, as well as three bulging discs in my neck. I had my back go out 3-4 times over the course of a few years when I was playing baseball, and then once while playing goalie. The pain is deafening, as I'm sure you know.. literally couldn't move my trapezius. I went to a chiropractor who didn't do any xrays or testing, and it ended up hurting me way more than helping. I would leave the place on the edge of my back going out, and it simply wasn't helping.
After years of ignoring the mild pain, it started getting worse again. I went to my doctor who did x-rays (mild scoliosis from sports), and he sent me to a specialist who had an MRI done and they found the above.
I went to two months of PT, which was basically going on a decompression bed that LITERALLY made it so I couldn't get up and walk (freaked out my PT at first), and then I finally hobbled over to the massaging table for a heat pack and slight massage. It seemed to have some positive effect on me at first, but eventually it wore off and I was back to pain, and I wasn't confident in my physical therapist.
The best thing I ever did? I got an elliptical. Now when I have back pain I spend 10-15 minutes on the elliptical, and it all opens up and feels fantastic.
Now, that said, I was on an anti-inflammatory for the last two months for my elbow, and my back felt fantastic, lol. Unfortunately I can't take the medicine again (something about internal bleeding, lol), so I'm back to a stiff and slightly hurt back. I need to keep doing the elliptical, which I have no doubt will help, though I'm slightly concerned that I'm starting to get slight numbness in my left butt cheek, which apparently can be a sign of the problem getting worse.
If they could guarantee me that I could continue playing goalie after surgery, I'd get the damn stuff removed already.
Anyway, good luck to you, and I hope it works out.
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