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Bad back? Surgery? Dang, how'd that happen?
I've been around a bunch of forums and message boards, mostly related to triathlon and multisport........never would have guessed I would end up here. :O
I am a 50-year old full-time multisport coach and competitive age group triathlete who has suffered from what I assumed was a soft tissue hamstring/glute issue for the past 3-4 years.
It would usually worsen towards the end of race season, but a little more focus on stretching and deep tissue massage would keep it at bay until I got to late fall and the off-season where I could enjoy a drop in training intensity and volume.
Not this year..........I found myself in March with a half ironman looming and me crying my way through a mere 70 minute run due to left leg pain and weakness. I finally agreed to go to an Ortho suspecting a stress fracture in my hip or something similar. After xrays, Dr suggested I had hip bursitis, but wanted to discuss my back pain. I had no back pain until he showed me that I also had no disc at L5/S1.
Fast foward past MRI that showed herniations there and L4/5, a stint with the MacKenzie Method, 6 weeks of aggressive and painful ART, 2 SEI's, a SNRB and EMG to a minimally invasive microdiscectomy at both sites done by the NS who was willing to say I would return to a competitive lifestyle.
2 weeks post op finds me recognizing that I didn't know what pain was. My glute and hamstring pain is mostly gone, but overall hip and leg pain, as well as constant burning nerve pain in my lower calf and foot have replaced them. My back still doesn't hurt......
I also have a weird muscle spasm thingy in my lower ribs on the right side that doesn't allow me to lie down or get much sleep at all.
Doc is sending me scrips for a Medrol pak and Lyrica and has no idea about the rib thing. I am scared to death of pain meds and try to use as little as possible. Can't help but wonder if by deciding to have surgery to get me back to training, I have opened a life changing and pain-filled can o' worms........