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January 13, 2004
Back Injury Update

Recovery is coming along, but it's pretty slow. I'm back to work, via telecommuting.

FYI: the disks in the spinal column provide cushioning between the vertebrae, and allow the spine to flex. When a disk herniates, it bulges out of its usual place and in my case puts pressure on the nerves in the back, including the nerves that run down to the legs. Result: varying degrees of pain and immobility.

Over the last dozen years of dealing with this recurring problem, I've learned a few things. Here, then, are my...

Top Ten Reasons a Herniated Disk Is Bad

10. "Howard Hughes" toenails.

9. Going up and down the stairs requires the assistance of a team of sherpas.

8. Moved the spare TV out of the master bedroom just last month. Dang.

7. After waking up in the morning, still laying in bed, you realize that that's as good as you're going to feel all day.

6. Dropped something on the floor? Just leave it. It'll still be there next month.

5. Can't engage in some favorite pastimes... like standing or walking.

4. Bathroom expeditions... the less said, the better.

3. Cough? Ouch. Sneeze? OUCH.

2. "I have to crawl some errands" just doesn't sound right.

and the number one reason a herniated disk is bad:

1. Suddenly, those "I've fallen, and I can't get up" commercials aren't quite so amusing.

Posted by Russ at 06:27 PM, January 13, 2004 in Miscellany

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Depending on what medical facilities are available to you, have you considered having that crazy disk repaired? Herniated repairs have a high success rate. My son had one a few years ago and has never had any further back trouble. I commiserate with your list, but could add at least ten! Bad backs are bummers!

Posted by: Indigo at January 14, 2004 04:55 PM

I've thought about it. I'm not keen on back pain, but I'm less keen on having knives anywhere near my spinal cord.

Posted by: Russ at January 14, 2004 05:37 PM

I feel for you. Blew two disks in my neck. That was over three years ago, and it still makes me sick to my stomach to think of that pain. I have never in my life felt anything remotely like that and never want to again. I honestly would not wish disk problems on my worst enemy.

Posted by: Jeff in Korea at January 15, 2004 06:18 PM