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Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by skifree, Sep 27, 2017.
Find a new GP.
I've been looking. All the good ones around here are generally booked out 3 weeks or more ahead. I generally go to this one when I need a certificate. And he is on the ball when it comes to skin cancers. Being able to have a skin check and excision in the local GP's rooms can be very handy.
Get thee to a chiropractor for assessment. No amount of soft tissue work will fix sciatica.
I was just about to post the same.
I also have ongoing sciatica as a result of a couple of bulging discs...it’s a constant to stay on top of it. A weekly massage is helpful.
Evidence Based Science -- https://www.backfitpro.com/
Makes you feel good -- https://myotherapy.com.au/
Cant say I'm a fan of any allied health practitioners who think it necessary to schedule 5 / 10 / 15 sessions to "make you better".. Good business model though
Get a referral to a specialist like Tony Delany, at least he knows enough biomechanics/physiology to give you a relatively definitive answer.
GPs just aren't that qualified. Unless they have a particular interest in an area, they really should refer you off and take more of a wholistic management role of your health.
Very few in the medical profession know much about backs eg: sciatica.
As for Physios / Chiros / Osteos / Masseurs diagnosing anything, really??
Just to be clear I had an MRI that identified the bulging discs, and the sciatic pain pathway matches the aggravation of the nerves at the site of the damaged discs. Physio and massage have been management of muscle spasms AROUND the disc/nerve and along the sciatic pathway. It’s a comfort thing rather than a healing of original injury thing. So far I’ve been told “time” and “anti inflammatory meds”. It’s been 13 months. I’m booking in to see a back pain specialist/neurologist that was recommended to me. Fingers crossed but he is hard to get in to.
It was physio (a very good sports physio) that resolved my sciatica 25 odd years ago by strengthening the supporting muscle groups. Have had only had one minor relapse since.
No one really understands lower back pain. If it works for you great. If it doesn't try something else. If we understood lower back pain we could finally ban charlatans like chiropractors. Tony is no better.
OK so not strictly a forumite and definitely not snow related but......
Mum, 87, yesterday had a fall getting into the lift at her apartment building. She is now reclining in St Vincent's in Melbourne awaiting a decision if she needs surgery to reinforce her cracked clavicle while it recovers from a longitudinal crack. If she was younger it would be a sling and send home job but given her age and risk of further falls they want to protect the bone while it slowly heals.
Thank fk I am already heading up on Boxing day for a week so I will be there to assist her when she is discharged. My sister was supposed to be there Christmas day but being a Sydney resident is now stuck at home for the foreseeable future.
2020 the year that just keeps giving.....
Hope she heals fast!
sorry to hear that
hope she's comfortable and well cared for.
+1 has initial appointment with orthopod on xmas eve. mri shows meniscus has pretty much broken into bits. it's been getting worse for a year or so. initial physio diagnosis was meniscus tear but did not respond to treatment. other diagnoses/treatments also failed. hence the mri to figure out what was really going on
I had ongoing, worsening, painful issues with a meniscus. Had it out a few years ago and totally pain free now.
Wishing you the best possible outcome. I don't know your Mum's circumstances but just be mindful of why she had the fall. This is said from our experiences with my MIL. In people that age there can be other underlying issues and it is beneficial to identify and address these ASAP.
Thank you and good advice. It seems she had the fall trying to stop one of her apartment buildings resident cats entering the lift with her. Put her foot out as she entered the lift and tripped so hopefully it is purely mechanical rather than some underlying issue.
Surgery is going ahead, mum is very vague as to the nature of her injury so I suspect that its more than just a cracked clavicle. She said something about muscle coming away from bone so maybe greater tuberosity fracture. I will try and speak to orthopod today to get the real story....
I’m calling bullshit on this post.
Very good and clear knowledge on back pain by Medical Professionals.
MRI plus CT give very good imaging of the pathology . MRI images nerve pathways and shows both inflammatory processes in nerves and can show the nerve conduction activity.
Nerve conduction studies are also useful.
Neurologist and spinal surgeons are well able to diagnose and assist.
Some of these professions don’t have the google skills of most of us. They get their knowledge from books and clinical research.
Relationship between symptoms and scan results is very shakey. Not saying that scans are not very useful in many cases
Treat the symptoms not the imaging.
However MRI and a neurologist are a much better bet than google and and you local crystal healing centre
Agreed. MRI determined what was (most) wrong with my back and neurosurgeon did the necessary fusion with cage. For many though it's not that straightfoirward. Even the neuro said that they were good at fixing pain referred to legs but not so much actual lumbar pain
Officially been “Dominos-Ed”
moving pans and fell down my arm
Waiting in NBH Emergency
But through the skin and done a good job
More scars to the ever growing list
Well that was silly!
That’s what my boss said when I showed him....
Attention seeking behaviour.
I’ll bet you didn’t take a few extra pizzas with you to NBH ER. You will waiting in the waiting room for a while in your Dominos shirt lad
I was planning to keep working but got halfway up Warringah road on a delivery and it started weeping. That’s when I thought nope
Time to go to the hospital
sitting here, already been looked after, just running under cold water before it’s dressed
So you did have a few spare pizzas in the van. Good thinking.
Wow how 2020... what happened?
We have gloves to move hot pans. Ducked out of the way and the 275 degree pans slid down my arm and got me
Ouch... that’s bad, not a great way to finish Christmas Eve. Hopefully it will feel better once they dress the wound, all the best for a speedy recovery.
I don't know, the things people do to get an early knock off on Xmas eve
all the best for a quick recovery, and not too much discomfort
+1 saw the orthopod this am about crook knee. looks like an arthroscope to clean up broken off chunks of meniscus. probably in early autumn to be in best possible shape for ski season. between the 2 or us, this will be op no 5 with this surgeon .
All cleaned up and done
After some 6 weeks of alternating sciatic and shoulder pain, I now have a definitive diagnosis on the shoulder. A 23mm full thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon, bursitis in the shoulder joint and calcification consistent with chronic tendonosis.
Just a matter of time now to get surgery done. Sounds like rehab will take months.
Between this and Covid, I'm not expecting to be going skiing this year.
Don't lose hope though, I was back on snow not too long after shoulder surgery.
A couple of months and I was very cautious about falling and jarring that shoulder - would throw myself face first rather than put my hand down. But a cautious few turns on easy runs at off peak times is better than nothing!
If I cant get on snow for a big chunk this year I'll be really struggling I think.
10.5 months since snow.
I have to get my sciatica sorted before then though!!
Training and rehab plan begins tomorrow! (send the kids and their chips and cookies and stuff home tomorrow morning)
I responded pretty well to the prescription anti-inflammatories in the disc/nerve pain area (L4-5; L5-S1), but they've run out, back to the dr this week to get more, because the sciatic referred pain from those discs is back with a vengeance.
I might have to stand in for you. On 20th February I'll be trading in the osteoarthritis infested hip for the latest model. Come first week of September I should be all good to go.
Not a me injury but I just have to share...
A mate has just recovered from a broken hand from Baseball, last night he was using his electric hedge trimmer. A 2 trigger safety system - and he destroyed his hand ..again.... I said to PB how is that even possible? You have to hold down both triggers...
Well, turns out he hung it on the hook which depressed one trigger and to get the push to slide the protective cover over the blade he held onto the other one - BOOM - trimmed palm.
Sometimes even all the safeties wont account for a total brain fade.