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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Hello and thanx to everyone!!!

Hello and Thanks to everyone who has responded to me. I am sorry that I have not written back to all of you,but I went back to work last week-light duty only and that does take my mind off of of things somewhat.

My daughter is starting college tomorrow and thank God it is local cause she has been so helpful thru all of this as has my wife. It has been 6 weeks now since this all started and while I am improving I am still scared and worried.

I did go back to work and I can drive but the pain in the lower back is still there and of course the leg pain. I do walk alot and that helps. I take the Soma and also Advil and find the advil helps alot. I am still doing Physical therapy and massage therapy for 6 more weeks as my Ortho Doc's order. He offered me the epidural shot again and I am still on the fence with that one.

I guess I am just worried as to how long this is gonna go on. I have been told it could be 3 to 6 months. I also have several bulging discs and worried about them too. The Doc said no drumming for awhile and no lifting as I said..I just want my life back and if one more person asks me when I am having surgery I will scream!!

I have only talked to 4 people who had success with surgery...more wished they had not and reading alot of the comments here about surgical results scares me even more. I guess I just needed to vent today.

Thanks to all of you for listening and if anyone has any advice ..puhleeze let me know....a frustrated drummer...Rick


  • One of the things I wound up doing was getting a different vehicle. I didn't want to depart with my SUV, but everytime I climbed into it, within seconds I would hurt.

    I remembered when I was a teenager that my mom had problems with her back and the doc said that she should look to see if her knees were higher than her hips when she sat in her car. Sure enough they were. Once she got a different vehicle it helped.

    So I sold my SUV and picked up a "soccer mom van" and it really eliminated the issue with my lower back when driving. I had to sit in a bunch of different vehicles until I found just the right one though.

    I wish I could tell you that this will all stop real soon and you'll be fine. Many many people are able to battle off back pain and leg pain from herniated discs without surgery, but it does take one crucial element ... time.

    Come and vent away as much as you need!

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