I have spent the last month in some ugly pain down my right hip to my foot. It started when I was putting my canoe on the rack and hit a bush and stumbled. I made it much worse at Christmas by picking up a wheelbarrow full of firewood. I had reinjured an old disc injury between L4 and L5. After many nights of waking up at 4 am , and staying awake, and almost losing function in my right leg, I finally got an MRI and went to the pain Dr.In one visit the pain is 75% gone and I am relearning to walk on my right leg. Last night I walked my every night mile for the first time in a month . Wore me out, but it’s a start.
- If you have persistant pain from your lower back that goes below your knee, get to the Dr. ASAP.If it stops above the knee, it will probably get well with some ice packs and exercise.
- DO NOT use heat on a back injury. It will make it worse. You can alternate cold and heat, but ice is your friend.
- Avoid surgery any way you can. I had surgery 3 years ago and 3 months later had a major disc rupture.The pain Dr. says he often sees this.
- Avoiding surgery. ASK for non-surgical treatment.A good surgeon will send you there first.For this type of problem, it is an injection of cortizone and pain killer at the nerve root.Takes about 30 minutes, and in my case ,immediately stopped the pain.It desensitises the nerve and muscles and helps the disc heal.
- Of course, keep your back in shape with proper exercise.
- And don’t get old.
I am looking forward to paddling soon.Hope this helps someone.