I used steroids…

I started this blog to keep myself motivated and have fun with my new mountain bike that will likely never touch a mountain or dirt. As I mentioned in my first post, I am a bit heavy and wanted a tough frame rather that ‘Carboning Up’ and then hearing or feeling the frame crack.

I was derailed by severe back pain, scheduled a steroid injection into my herniated disc. I’ve ridden twice since my last post with less pain in the disc area but have had no luck with the pressure on the nerves coming out the sides of my spinal canal.

The anti inflammation steroid was injected into me. I have a very high pain tolerance but that HURT. I could feel it go into an already painful area and then felt the viscous material flow into my disc and burn as it flowed further down into my buttocks. It is a wierd sensation to feel things INternally. Usually pain is muscular so you can touch it but with Degenerative Disc Disease, you can’t touch it. It’s underneath the muscle tissue.

Needless to say, it has made me feel irritable, hungry and sleepless. I will try another shot in a month or so and see if it is worth the side effects. My lower back is like a car that’s been technically totaled by insurance. No matter how sophisticated the autobody mechanic is, it’s never going to be the same as when it came off the factory line.

IF YOU HAVE A WORKING LOWER BACK THEN COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS BECAUSE WHEN THAT HINGE TO THE BODY IS DAMAGED, THE REST OF YOUR LIFE BECOMES HELLISH.

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Author: D.R. Tharp

I am a military history buff and enjoy writing about soldiers from around the world whose stories are worth telling...and remembering.

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