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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Saw my doc this a.m. and things are pointing toward sciatica of some sort...looks to me from my 'net research and the symptoms I'm having to be of the Piriform's variety, however I'm no medical professional. Will be seeing a physical therapist Fri. a.m., hoping for some help there...have had great assistance from Physical Therapists in the past.

Found some helpful info / tips @ CoolRunning.com:


The pain is somewhat less today, I think rest and caution are helping.

I have to chuckle some over all the potentially risky things I do...whizzing down hills on my bike at high speeds, dealing with traffic; possibly tripping and tangling my limbs in cross country skis and everything else...surviving this all to be hung up by something else altogether!

Thx everyone for the well wishes...!

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  • AMETHYST0809
    Sorry to hear you are still hurting Don! I look forward to your "exploits" with the bike and poles.... :) My son is having major problems with his back right now, related to a herniated disc at the L3,4,5; he is large and they are talking about him haviong lap band surgery to help with weight loss before doing anything else. He is in a lot of pain, and doesn't like to push himself, so exercise will probably be minimal for a while. They are sending him a pain clinic, so I'm hoping that once he gets more comfortable, he'll want to get out and move around some more. Is anybody familiar with Dr. Tvetenstrand's bariatric surgery clinic? Other recommendations for doctors who do that kind of surgery? I will encourage him to get on the Spark in the meantime! Good luck with your problem Don! We're rooting for you to get better!
    2873 days ago
    I had something similar in 2002.

    The pains would radiate from my sit bone down my right leg, not the left. Doctors called mine "spondelolysis", wanted to fuse my 4th &5th lumbar vertebrae, sent me home with an exercise sheet, a diet and a back brace. I avoided surgery.

    I have since had an inflamed piriformis on the right side, during a time when I was taking several dance classes a week (4 yrs ago). My doctor called the piriformis problem "ballet butt", since many dancers suffer from it. (I'm sure you will find it amusing to tell people you have "ballet butt".) Weekly pilates classes with a very good professional for the past 4 yrs has kept the piriformis quiet. No more spondelolysis, either. PT will do wonders for you. Take care of your A$$.
    2873 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Oh, that stinks. I really hope that PT helps and that you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself. Your bike and walking poles will be lonely without you!
    2878 days ago
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that all works out well and quickly!! Keep us posted!!!

    2878 days ago
    oh i am really sorry to hear about this...take great care of yourself emoticon
    2878 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so sorry to hear................
    at least you know what it is...........
    and can do something to make it better.........
    take care..........wishing you well soon.....
    blessings and hugs............lita
    2879 days ago
    I hope all goes well with the physical therapist, Don! Sad to hear that you're having pain, and I hope that you can keep safe while still being active.
    2879 days ago
    I have this ever since I try to pull a skid of ice that melted to the cooler floor. Should have used the power jack but instead used the manual one and pull did I in the wrong place, my lower back. Physical therapy (PT) goes a long way in helping! First one I had was young but EXCELLENT. Caught that I have two problems not one. One leg is shorter than the other. Every so often my back goes out along with the leg.

    Try the heating pad and laying flat on the back with NO pillow. Helps me loads. Its painful I know. Brought tears to my eyes and this from a gal who has a high tolerance of pain.

    Feel better and hoping the PT gives you some GREAT stretching exercise to make the pain go away quicker!
    2879 days ago
    So sorry! Sounds awful. but glad you are getting help. docs seem to do wonders in no time these days.
    thanks for the goodie
    2879 days ago
  • JOY1918
    Yup nerve pain is no fun. I have a disc issue and can relate. I have really pushed myself this past month with cardio and weight training and now am paying for it. Ice, naprosyn, and rest sure do help.

    Good luck, hope all goes well with PT.

    2879 days ago
    Bummer! Hope you get well soon! Take good care of yourself!
    2879 days ago
    Yikes! Don't like to be right!
    Take care!! emoticon
    2879 days ago
    Hope you feel better
    2879 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    Take it easy and get well soon!
    2879 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    You should listen to your son, after all he's a neurosurgical PA!
    2879 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    I feel for you, I had one and was a physical wreck during months.
    Yet your tub remedy is a good solution, I remember how better I felt in water (the only sport I could do was aquafitness.)

    Wish you a speedy recovery.
    2879 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2010 7:35:36 PM
    thats gotta hurt Don!
    Hope you can get some help friday.

    take care! emoticon
    2879 days ago
    Ouch. Glad you went to your doctor and you are starting to feel better. Hope you are back to it soon!!!!!
    2879 days ago
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