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Any Police Officers with lower back pain? Please Help!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:54 pm
by Red98TJ
Long story short, I injured my lower back 11 years ago while lifting a very heavy box. I have had numerous x-rays and been to the chiropractor 40-50 times. I finally got a MRI done with these results:

Technique: Open MRI of the lumbar spine was performed with sagittal T1 and T2 and axial T1 and T2 - weighted sequences.

Findings: Vertebral body stature, alignment and marrow are normal. There is a single level disc disease at L5-S1 where there is disc desiccation, mild loss of disc space height and a central disc herniation slightly to the left side with contact of the thecal sac and the takeoff of the left S1 nerve root. Remaining disc spaces are normal and central canal and foramen are adequate. The distal cord is normal.

Impression: Single level disc disease at L5-S1 with a central left paramedian disc herniation.

I have built up a very high tolerance of pain, but sometimes (like right now) it is unbearable and it hurts just to move, much less walk around. I have been doing everything in my power to get this fixed over the past 4 months, but it seems to have only gotten worse. My 4 month deadline was because I am supposed to be starting the police academy here in St. Louis in about two weeks.

I am going for a cortisone shot in two days and I'm hoping that will help at least a little. Any opinions on this one way or the other? Also, the doctor I spoke to today said the ruptured disc is on the left side of my lower back, but all of my pain is on the right side. She said it can be hitting a nerve, causing it to feel like the pain is elsewhere. Does that sound right?

Also, I am interested in opinions on if Dean's books will help with my situation? Normally I would just buy them, but I am just about out of money trying to fix my back as I have tried just about everything with no luck. The police academy is expensive, so I'm really having to watch every penny that I spend! I will definitely find a way to buy them if anyone thinks they will help though!

If there are any police officers on this board, any tips regarding the academy would be greatly appreciated. I am in excellent physical shape and this is the only thing holding me back.

Thanks for any suggestions or help!
Jon

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:01 pm
by Dean
Hi Red98TJ,

There have been a couple of police officers who've posted in the forum, but it's been awhile since we've heard from them. One used the name "Sarge" and the other was a vice cop from (I believe) Austin, Texas. I can't remember his screen name.

One problem with a forum like this is that people usually don't stay very long. Almost all of my regulars have drifted away.

Dean

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:12 pm
by Red98TJ
Dean wrote:Hi Red98TJ,

There have been a couple of police officers who've posted in the forum, but it's been awhile since we've heard from them. One used the name "Sarge" and the other was a vice cop from (I believe) Austin, Texas. I can't remember his screen name.

One problem with a forum like this is that people usually don't stay very long. Almost all of my regulars have drifted away.

Dean


Thanks for the post Dean! I guess I'll ask you directly... do you think that with the problems I am having, that your books will have a positive effect for my issues? As an update to the above story, I went for decompression therapy for the past two days and my back does feel slightly better. I was supposed to get the cortisone shot on Monday, but apparently I misunderstood what the lady was saying and my shot is tomorrow morning. I asked about the issue I stated above where my ruptured disc is on my left side, but all of my pain is on the right side. She said that the shot is a lumbar shot that will be given in the middle of my spine and that it should radiate outwards. I am now taking Celebrex and Vicodin for the immense pain that I am always in.

Anyway, Dean, if you could please let me know your opinion on your books for my issue. I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks,
Jon

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:35 pm
by Dean
Hi Jon,

Yes, based on what you've told us, my book is written to help you overcome the sort of things you're dealing with. It's not a miracle cure and I can't predict how long it will take to resolve your problem, but rebuilding (i.e. serious physical therapy) is your only hope short of surgery.

For some people (such as myself) it goes very quick and easy and for others it can be a long hard struggle. Read randolph's and krd's posts as both of them were in extreme pain and both had a difficult time rebuilding their backs but were successful in the end.

krd has some good posts on his successful experience with steroid injections. It helped change my mind about them.

Dean

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:01 pm
by Red98TJ
Dean wrote:Hi Jon,

Yes, based on what you've told us, my book is written to help you overcome the sort of things you're dealing with. It's not a miracle cure and I can't predict how long it will take to resolve your problem, but rebuilding (i.e. serious physical therapy) is your only hope short of surgery.

For some people (such as myself) it goes very quick and easy and for others it can be a long hard struggle. Read randolph's and krd's posts as both of them were in extreme pain and both had a difficult time rebuilding their backs but were successful in the end.

krd has some good posts on his successful experience with steroid injections. It helped change my mind about them.

Dean


Thanks Dean, I just bought your books. Hopefully I'll be posting again soon!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:50 pm
by Peter B
Hi Red,

I've been a police officer for 20 years...15 of those were on patrol in uniform, and now I'm a plainclothes Detective. About 10 years ago, I had to have surgery and fusion to repair a badly herniated disc in my neck. I returned to duty about a month later, and it never really bothered me. One thing I can advise you is to take special care of your lower back and core, as the wear and tear from wearing the duty belt (about 15 lbs with all the equipment) and driving around for 10 hours a day can really add up. I'm pretty sure some of my current problems, included a herniated disc at L5-S1, are partly due to the strain of wearing all that heavy equipment for all those years.

I'm currently off duty while I recover from sciatica and right foot drop...progress has been slow, but steady. Above all else, I'm working hard to maintain a positive attitude about healing myself using the techniques in Dean's book. Hang in there and keep the faith!

Peter