Help my back not hurt.
September 2, 2011 6:28 PM Subscribe
If you had an L5 injury, and you were a runner, how would you
posted by roomthreeseventeen to health & fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
YANMD. YANAD at all, perhaps. You may not even be interested in the fact that I REALLY want a nice time at the Staten Island Half Marathon next month.
I’ve been dealing with an L5 displacement for the past few weeks. (I am apparently the most injury prone runner EVER, having now dealt with ITBS, shin splints, PF and a back injury in 17 months of running). Most of my injuries stem from the fact that i had serious birth injuries 31 years ago, and my body runs a little strangely.
Anyhow, my spine doctor has me on Ultracet (325 mg – two or three times a day) and Mobic (7.5 mg – once per day). I’ve been taking the pills faithfully for about two weeks now, and am running pain free, 25-30 mpw.
However, if I take even ONE day off the meds, I’m completely half limping, in sciatic pain, etc.
I have another appointment next weekend, and the doctor said if I wasn’t doing better on my own, that I could do an injection into my spine that would make me at least 80% better automatically.
I am REALLY frightened of doing this. Not because I’m afraid of needles. I have six tattoos. I’m just afraid of someone injecting things in my spine.
Should I seek out a different doctor/pain management regimen? My dad says I should use his chiro, but unfortunately, they don't take my husband's insurance.
I'm open to all kinds of weird therapies, medicines.