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mosu101
Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:36 am Reply with quote
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not wanting to ruin PyratMike post (crossroads)

but if any one out there wants to relay their experience on recovery following Spinal Cord Injury- please let me know.

I recently (2 months ago) got slammed on my surf board (2 foot wave max...)
and crushed my L1 vertebrae. I had 55 % left but now its 50%...
pleased I can still walk and wasnt paralysed...
seeing a neuro surgeon about this soon for options, but would welcome advice from anyone with some experience.

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Danny Way talks about this kind of thing in his recent Nine Club YouTube interview
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Danny Way talks about this kind of this in his recent Nine Club YouTube interview
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You mean the cartilage or the bone?

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I had L5-S1 partially removed in 2000, fucked me up pretty good, but I was able to skate again in a few months.

Years later I had a shitload of weird shit happening—jumping backwards as I neared the top of the stairs (happend several times, still have to patch the walls at the bottom of the stairs, experience exploding head syndrome for awhile, fell down for no reason numerous times (fortunately not when I was skating) and had numb areas, something I called nerve storms and finally for 3 months I could not sit or lay down as it caused instant pain on a level I'd never experienced before. Not fun standing up 24 hours a day for 90 days—I'd occasionally walk into a corner of a room and lean head first into it to get a few minutes of sleep.

Finally got in to see the top neurosurgeon and he got me on the table fairly quick and removed C5, C6, C7 and T1 vertebrae and the discs in between and installed 2 Titanium rods, a titanium plate and a stainless steal cage. Couple months later I was back skating and then my knees went. I was getting stuff injected in to my knees that allowed me to keep skating but I couldn't afford it. $400 a shot per knee became undoable/unafordable and then the the knee specialist, who does the knees for Canada's Olympic teams got some new stuff to inject into my knees when it seemed like the old stuff was no longer cutting it.... $600 per injection per knee so I had to stop going to him. Knees have got so bad that I rarely skate due to the pain and limited movement.

Did a shitload of narcotic painkillers (180 mg Oxycontin) a bunch of anti-inflammatories and a handful of 500mg Naproxin pills and skated the new park in Innisfail for an hour last weekend—killer new bowl there with nice tile and beautiful concrete coping—transitions were nice and smooth too!!!

Knees, back and neck all hurt like hell but it was worth it!!

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Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:17 pm Reply with quote
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slob-air wrote:


Did a shitload of narcotic painkillers (180 mg Oxycontin) a bunch of anti-inflammatories and a handful of 500mg Naproxin pills


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mosu101
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swelbow wrote:
You mean the cartilage or the bone?

unfortunately the bone...

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Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:28 am Reply with quote
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WOW Slob

Im somewhat horrified at your story

hope all is going well

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Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:44 pm Reply with quote
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Struggling, but I will overcome all that gets in my way.

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 10:13 am Reply with quote
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Sorry to dig up old threads,

but I had my L4-L5 disc eject material that was sitting then against my nerve, causing my leg to collapse under me.
Sciatica down both legs, more so my left though, whole left foot to my mid shin was pins and needles, and id wake up like my leg was lit on fire. Most nights I also would stop breathing when I rolled across my back and hit that spot.

This was me at 27, I had just woke up one day and suddenly had enough pain to start screaming.
After a microdiscectomy he found out this was the second piece of ejected disc, first one had tissue grow around it and wasn't seen on MRI.

I'm 35 in July and constantly have shit shifting, getting pinched, and L4-L5 is now herniated again on both sides. plus a bulge on the disc just below.
Had a rib pop out of my spine two years back, shit shifts around constantly, on 900mg nerve blockers 3 times daily, and a horse pill anti inflammatory plus I smoke all the time.
Its a constant struggle, but you learn what you can, can do if you are careful, and the crap that's just a no go anymore. I cant lean over a counter or into an engine bay without bracing on it or something else, for example.

A year ago I crushed my leg in a motor cycle accident, tore the ACL in half, and part of the meniscus. Its reconstructed but still working it back to any real strength, the boy getting me back into skating is helping more then anything.

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