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Old 10-06-2017, 07:57 AM   #1
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Quasi Moto inury, Compressed L-4

This is almost embarrassing to report.
On 9-11, was out riding & had a mishap.
Another rider & I went to Port Costa from Martinez. Leaving Port Costa he wanted to ride my DL650, so I rode his DL1000. I got confused on the directions & pulled off to a side. The buddy passed me. I came to a stop (first mistake) and misjudged the slope of the shoulder. My foot did not touch the ground & I fell over. The bike suffered some scratches.

Without thinking, I attempted to pick the bike up by myself. Butt to bike, left hand on bars, right hand on frame. Heard and felt a POP in my back. Dropped the bike & fell down in agony.

Buddy came back to find me & the bike on the ground. He was able to right the bike. I lay on the ground for 20 minutes, controlled breathing to control the pain. Finally got up Buddy helped me get my leg over the seat & I rode my bike home.

After an hour, my housemate took me to the ER. I got drugs & was told to see an Orthopedic.
9-13 the Ortho took an XRAY,, issued more drugs fitted me with a brace & ordered an MRI. Got the MRI results yesterday which revealed a compression fracture of the L-4 vertebrae. No work till Jan 5. No lifting,, no bending wear the brace when out of bed. No surgery.

Doc also said there was no signs of cancer or tumors. Also looked at my previously compressed L-3 from a 190 parachute crash & 2007 atrophied left kidney.

Took pain pills & muscle relaxers for a week, initially. Hit the floor with my face one night when I got up. Hurt my pretty face.

Have taken no more pills for 10 days now. Eat an occasional cannabis cookie for discomfort.
Collecting SDI, watching a lot of Netflix, reading and watching ugly weeds invade my front garden.

I get up & about 5-6 hours a day and walk a little, drive a little visit friends & surf Internet Dating sites. I can go grocery shopping & still cook with my crockpot.

Trying to stave off the boredom, another test of my patience.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:13 PM   #2
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Bummer! Glad no surgery, but that's still a long recovery
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:51 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about this, Bruce. Like HB I’m glad you don’t need surgery. I would suggest some AR games to pass the time but we don’t need you falling on your face again!
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:01 PM   #4
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Ouch. I compressed my L2 many years ago in a stupid fall while trying to break into my own house.

Make sure to do some PT after you get the brace off.
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:37 PM   #5
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Shit, Dude!!!

Hope you feel better and heal fast. Back problems are terrible.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:42 PM   #6
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:26 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear about this, Bruce. Like HB Iím glad you donít need surgery. I would suggest some AR games to pass the time but we donít need you falling on your face again!
Yes, my face is already fighting the uglyís !


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Ouch. I compressed my L2 many years ago in a stupid fall while trying to break into my own house.

Make sure to do some PT after you get the brace off.
Yes sir! Iím a believer in PT.

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Shit, Dude!!!

Hope you feel better and heal fast. Back problems are terrible.
Iíve been lucky. Been doing back exercise since 1985. Really had no problems despite the 1980 injuries.

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Get well soon!
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:47 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing. Speedy recovery to you!
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:02 AM   #9
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Ugh what a bummer but at least you don't need the surgery! I seriously hate muscle relaxants. Sorry you are going through this, and best wishes for full recovery!
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I had a similar injury. L3 and L4. Decided that I wasn't going to let this get any worse. Did the PT and more. Started an exercise regime to strengthen my core, improve my balance and flexibility. I was able to recover and get stronger and lost weight. Got off the Lipitor and gained 20 HP on my bike from the weight reduction. My riding endurance also increased because of the core strengthening and stabilization.
Good luck and hope you heal fast.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:15 PM   #11
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Thanks for the support.
No pills in 13 days.
I’ve been on a core regimen for a long time. I’m thankful for the little damage I got. Could have been much worse.

The boredom is the worst!
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:34 AM   #12
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The bullseye is on the disc between L3 (upper) & L4 (lower)
Note the divot in the top of L-3 that is from 1980 parachute crash.

Pain is an annoyance now. But wearing the brace all day.
Fighting boredom!!!
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:47 AM   #13
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:54 AM   #15
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Day 40+ & I have to take another trip to the SDI office. I am lost in the system except for Registering. Have not received a payment.
Went there last week & finally got into the New system from 10-16.
But when I log in, all it shows is my registration. fuckety fuck fuck
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