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If I could do it over

Wow, those are words that I think many of us have used over the years. Probably even back in those HighSchool/ College days when we wake up and wished that the night before really didn't happen

But lets bring this down to our levels. Think about the thoings over the years that you might have wished you did differently, didn't do at all, or whatever

Now this is going to be a hard one...

Please tell us ONE thing you wished you could have done it over and then WHY
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • I would definitely do over the day I got hurt last year. I would decide not to go riding that day and instead work on my yard like I had intended to do. If I had made that decision to begin with I would've never had my crash that day resulting in the condition i'm in now. Not saying I would've never crashed again because in motocross its inevitable that you will have a mishap and go down again, but there's a real good chance I would've never suffered this kind of injury in any future accidents on the track. That's the one do over I want the most right now.
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 41
    edited 10/11/2015 - 10:51 AM
    When I first pulled my back muscle I walked away from the gym that night and continued the week with zero pain. When I went back to the gym days later I could feel my back a bit but tried to get through it/work around it which resulted in permanent injury. H ad I just taken the time to let it heal, do rehab and then be more cautious I might have been alright. Who knows though, maybe it would have gone again in the future... Still getting over this.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
  • Mother GooseMMother Goose Posts: 87
    edited 10/11/2015 - 6:43 PM
    I have thought about stuff like that for years. There is nothing that I would do differently because I didn't do anything to cause the injuries or the birth defect. And I dealt with this the best I could. Now if you want to know what I wish my mother had done differently, that's a whole other story...
  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    I would have not been goofing around with my boyfriend at the time when I was 23. I was sitting on the railing of a boardwalk at the beach and fell backward. Landed on my butt (thank God not my neck) about 12 feet down onto the sand. Broke my tailbone. I think this may have been the start of my back issues!
  • SpineyKD23SSpineyKD23 IllinoisPosts: 89
    I wish I would have chosen not to ride a horse without stirrups or reins in order to improve my ability to sit the trot. The trainer had the horse on a lead, but I didn't have the stability of stirrups or reins to help me stay on when the horse spooked. I could have improved my balance and stability without taking such risks and riding without those aids. My whole life would be different. I don't believe this life is better and I do believe I would be a happier, healthier, more successful person. But that person never got a chance. I live with what I have and that's all I can do.
    25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.
  • My Do or Die work ethos.
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  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 160
    edited 10/27/2015 - 12:38 PM
    Go back and take different career path. I was good with my hands, so I went on to be a carpenter. My body really took a toll being one.
    Greg fisher
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    I am sure working with your hands did take a toll on your spine.

    But lets look back a bit. I am going to assume you did some outstanding carpentry work, something you were proud of then and still could be proud of.

    Sometimes in life, we need to recognize what we did accomplish, all the good things we did. Yes, it may have lead us to the spinal problems we have today... But

    My downfall was playing too aggressive football and spending too many years with the computer. I paid the price, but I look back and realize that I also accomplished so much during that time. I am ok with that.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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