Recovery time, crushed disc and nerves in spine

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Keepers, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Old Boar

    Old Boar Member

    West Wales
    Let your body tell you what to do. Too much pain = get professional help. Do things gently and slowly and listen to what your body is telling you. It may take a while, so dont rush things. Much better to take it slowly and recover properly than do damage that will last much longer. Make sure your Vit B12 is high, as this helps nerves, and magnesium, to help the nerve coverings. If you get prickles and a feeling like someone is stabbing you with a needle, this is a good sign in general - the nerves rebuilding. It can make you jump and say a rude word! Good luck with it all. No excuse for the paperwork now!
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  2. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Ouch :facepalm:

    I went from one hospital to the other, the first didn’t give an awful lot of information and sent me to the 2nd, but the 2nd said they basically don’t hand out mris on the nhs these days if they know what it is anyway, and I have more chance on an mri once it has gone a few times more (n):facepalm:

    No not at local hospital, but possibly at one further away, and yes seeing as I am young I would kinda prefer not to live with this pain coming back for the rest of time.

    However I’m not going to lie, my confidence with cattle in the pens has been smashed :stop: I am not big and I am female, so am inherently not incredibly strong, I just couldn’t get them off no matter what I did and in the end was just being squished flat. Don’t want to know what I sounded like but it wasn’t pretty :facepalm:
  3. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Thankyou! Yes my prickling is fairly intense this morning, feels a bit like lightning going down my back and legs, and yes paperwork...

    Plan is more dog training when I can and paperwork :)
  4. My Dad fell off a wagon into some scrap metal when he was in his 20's and broke his back. For the last 30 years he has worn a steel corset to support his back.

    Last year my wife was squashed against a wall by a horse until her sternum popped. She had months of pain with it and now her ribs are wonky on one side. The doctor said it would fix itself over time but would be difficult to heal fully with muscles and bones that move 24 hours a day.
  5. Bald Rick

    Bald Rick Member

    Thing is, when we are young we think we are immortal and have no care when lifting weights and generally heaving stuff.
    However everything goes through your back and if you knacker it, you will live with the consequences for the rest of your life. And it's not very pleasant. Manageable (if you can ignore the odd bout of sciatica) but a constant reminder
  6. I remember it well.

    A brush with death later, along with a few other breaks and bumps and I'll need a full rebuild before I'm 55.

    I've often wondered if people would be more careful with their health & safety if we didn't have the NHS :scratchhead:
  7. simgirl

    simgirl Member

    West Wales
    Search out a good chiropractor, someone you are comfortable with & trust, it may take a few trials. They know so much about how the back works, mine has kept me going after a slipped disc & being crushed by cows. She also kept my husband comfortable & working whilst waiting for a hip replacement. I still go every 2/3 mths, it's money well spent.
  8. Campbell

    Campbell Member

    I had two ruptured [slipped] discs over 20 years ago now, with all the symptoms that you describe with bells on :arghh:. I wasted much time and money on various quack remedies and Ibuprofen. This went on for a few years before I decided to go into the Nuffield with my credit card and I had a Discectomy, incidentally done by the same surgeon who did the NHS work. This was the cure without doubt, I do occasionally get leg pain, this is a warning, but I take time off and rest for a day and all is well again. My opinion, rest is the best treatment, working on through it is asking for serious trouble. Good luck.
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  9. wdah/him

    wdah/him Member

    4 years ago I fell through a roof, painkillers and various visits to a man to straighten my back, nothing much helped. I now cant take pain killers for a more than a few days in a row, and I do take a stomach tablet.

    last year I started to push to see what he problem was, as mentioned before in here, I have sore hip, knee ankle on my left leg, and it can be fine and it can also have no real feeling so u can't be sure u knee locks out to carry ur weight when walking. I was told I have mechanical damage in my lower spine, nothing they can do and wear and tear in my shoulders. im only 32 at the minute lol. take ur time and a bit of exercicse can do wonders in time, I now have a pt at the gym and might even do a a fitness course to help devolpe muscles in my core to support the damaged part of my back.
  10. primmiemoo

    primmiemoo Member

    Please do be careful around the cattle, @Keepers . I've had nothing like as severe an injury to deal with, but I think the way a person moves makes such a difference to the behaviour of animals that my hobblings have brought me closer to extra trouble than I'd like.

    As others have said, be patient, listen to the aches and pains and seek intervention if things worsen (or don't improve for a long time).
    I've bought a pilatees machine that I hope will allow controlled, gentle, careful stages of stretching and building up core muscles without jarring joints, and look forward to trying it.

    All very best wishes for a straightforward recovery.

    Edit to add: Your confidence will return (y)
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  11. kill

    kill Member

    South West
    Mines right hand side of right leg and 3 toes that's completely numb.
    Morphine or tramadol didn't take the pain away and at times it was a very good job I don't own a shotgun or was able to tie a rope up to any thing as I screamed and wept and whimpered through some awful unimaginable pain for days on end.
    A friend of mine didn't come through what I believe to have been similar pain and problems because he had a way out leaving his young family behind.
    Many times when I had damaged my back severely I carried on just slower with slip discs and pain killers when I definitely shouldn't have and probably exchanged the problem
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
  12. AJR75

    AJR75 Member

    I can't like that post but can totally identify with everything you are saying. For me, the nerve damage resulted in loss of muscle function which you learn to live with generally but can still catch you out when the subconscious still expects the body to respond as if fully functioning. Balance and proprioception are really big issues now.
  13. ridger

    ridger Member

    I've found that cold is better than heat to ease the pain
  14. Banana Bar

    Banana Bar Member

    Bury St Edmunds
    I struggled with back pain all through my 30s and early 40s. During this period I had 9 separate operations on my spine. What I should of learnt earlier than I did was that once you’ve had an op remember that your back is delicate. I launched back into work far too soon and generally behaved like I had a back built of steel. The last op I had resulted in me being largely confined to bed between late September and January, I didn’t really do any actual work until late spring of that year. I am fortunate that I don’t have to drive a tractor very often but if I need to spray for a few days while the operator is on holiday after day 3 I’m very pleased if we have a wet day! Moral of the story, take as long as you’re told or need. Avoid invasive surgery if you can, do the exercises and keep doing them. Although I couldn’t see it at the time there is far more to life than working. What focussed my mind was being told that if I didn’t take the time from work a wheelchair was a real possibility and also being told they wouldn’t operate again unless I arrived in one.

  15. Gulli

    Gulli Member

    Doesn't matter how strong you are there's very few people who are strong enough to move a bull that's squashing them! So don't worry about that.

    Can put you in touch with a good physio in frome or the chiropractor I use. Back pain sucks so don't rush back to work or it will bug you for the rest of your life
  16. BBC

    BBC Member

    Time, time and more time ...

    And use that time to look at how your cattle handling system can be changed to make it safer and easier for you.
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  17. Keepers

    Keepers Member

    Am struggling a bit with this pain, I didn’t really expect it to be getting worse and it’s coming in massive waves, especially at night. On tramadol but it seems to wear off before I can take next lot
    Feeling bloody useless but I’m really not able to do an awful lot
    Cheers @Gulli I might be ringing you or asking you in the near future, at the moment I can’t imagine someone else touching or prodding me so perhaps when the pain has gone and to keep it going?

    Unfortunately system is one of best designed I think, it was human error which caused it
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  18. Gulli

    Gulli Member

    Tore my hamstring a few years back and the physio had me back on the farm and actually able to do stuff in a week and back on the football pitch in a month. Which I was impressed with considering I couldn't stand on it when it tore.

    Give me a shout if you're desperate for help with the sheep or anything too. Don't push yourself too much or you'll just end up in a heap in the middle of the field when it goes again.
  19. SRRC

    SRRC Member

    West Somerset
    Sorry to hear your back trouble. You'll get lots of advice and here's some more!
    The referred pain will gradually ease, you'll notice that the tingling gradually retreats up your leg, that's good progress.
    The best long term treatment is usually self help, not being overweight, working on flexibility and your core strength will make a huge difference and help protect from further damage. Sports physio, Yoga and especially Pilates is excellent. Don't think that being able to pick up a bale does anything for your core, much more is needed.
  20. topless_matt

    topless_matt Member

    I damaged my back about 6 years ago, squashed two discs and popped one out of place. Took 3 months to be back to work and about 9 months to be back to full strength.
    Unfortunately it will never be quite right again unless you are incredibly lucky.
    I can lift the same weight as I used to but find it may twinge or pop out doing something as simple as reaching to get something off the back seat of the car or getting out of bed.

    Just remember to take your time and don’t force it.

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