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Moker
14th July 2005, 18:04
So...

I was in the navy for 6 years, in desert shield/gulf war on a tin can.
We had very minimal choices for things to do on the ship, as it was so frikkin small. So I decided to use the weights, and work out.
Well it turns out, I have tendonitis now, and it's documented and am receiving disablity for it, but it kind of sucks.
I can't ride for very long, couple hours at most, before my shoulders are in flames. :(

Anyone else out there have medical problems that affect riding?
Did you do anything special to your bike to help with the problems?

Deicer18
14th July 2005, 18:11
Moker, I have Crohn's disease which, among other things affect a lot of my joints. I use Celebrex when I'm riding a long day and that seems to help. But as I said its joint, not muscle related. From what my doctor told me from having Tendonitis years ago, the only help there is just not use that area until fully healed. Good luck with it.

Moker
14th July 2005, 18:19
heh, been out of the nav for almost 10 years now. this is a constant problem with my shoulders, and not much seems to help.
doc put me on "celebrex" (i think), and it did almost nothing to help.

jerseyjeff
14th July 2005, 18:47
So...

I was in the navy for 6 years, in desert shield/gulf war on a tin can.
We had very minimal choices for things to do on the ship, as it was so frikkin small. So I decided to use the weights, and work out.
Well it turns out, I have tendonitis now, and it's documented and am receiving disablity for it, but it kind of sucks.
I can't ride for very long, couple hours at most, before my shoulders are in flames. :(

Anyone else out there have medical problems that affect riding?
Did you do anything special to your bike to help with the problems?

thanks for serving!!!! :clap

PSEBYL
14th July 2005, 19:04
I was in the Army during the 1st Gulf War. My unit was exposed to nerve gas while in Iraq. I have neurological problems now, which causes me to all of a sudden lose consciousness now and then. Has it affected my riding? Not yet. If it does, I suppose I'll leave this world the same way I came in...screaming and covered in blood. My attitude may seem irrational, but riding has been a part of my life since I was 9 years old.

Bikerdude
14th July 2005, 19:20
...screaming and covered in blood.

Two Tours in S.E.Asia left me like this too.....Receive disabilty pension now and must go the the VA hosp EVERY 6 weeks for the rest of my life. Hey..I'm one of the lucky ones. I got Buddys still over there..Dead & Alive. :shhhh :cry1

pquirk
14th July 2005, 19:26
... I have neurological problems now, which causes me to all of a sudden lose consciousness now and then. Has it affected my riding? Not yet. If it does, I suppose I'll leave this world the same way I came in...screaming and covered in blood. My attitude may seem irrational, but riding has been a part of my life since I was 9 years old.
:yikes :yikes I hope you don't take out any innocent bystanders in the process. Irrational? No. Self-centered, yes. Feel free to flame me if you want, but keep in mind yours isn't the only life out there.

JohnMonk
14th July 2005, 19:27
I have a damaged alner nerve in my right elbow area. I don't know what I'd do without the throttle nut. Try taking a Loritab, works for me. :smoke

Moker
14th July 2005, 19:33
My thanks to you all for serving also, and to those with disablilities

http://www.moker.us/pic/Crutches.gif

DM-SC
14th July 2005, 20:05
Does being blind on one eye and not being able to see out of the other count? :laugh

Seriously, Paula is selling her 883L due to carpal tunnel problems. She's considered surgery but, her boss (a dentist) will not pay her for the time she'll miss from work (about 6 weeks). :frownthre

freakyt
14th July 2005, 20:26
I pinched a nerve in my shoulder lifting in college. Only time it flares up now is when I lift shoulders or ride for a long distance.

I've found that asprin is the best painkiller for it, and it really only hurts bad right after I stop from riding a long way. I think the muscle kind of cramps up then and takes a while to un-knot.

I deal with it by pasing myself. When I'm going to be doing a 500 mile day, I'll try to stop at least every 60-70 miles, even at first when I don't need to. Stoping, walking around, and doing some shoulder stretches helps keep my shoulder from getting too bad.

Don't let it keep you off the bike :)

cantolina
14th July 2005, 23:22
Does being blind on one eye and not being able to see out of the other count? :laugh

Seriously, Paula is selling her 883L due to carpal tunnel problems. She's considered surgery but, her boss (a dentist) will not pay her for the time she'll miss from work (about 6 weeks). :frownthre

She should consider changing bars, and weighting them...

My carpal crap went away as soon as I did that....BUT, it was caused by the bike to begin with, so YMMV....

Sorry to hear it... :(

Kelley
14th July 2005, 23:37
Bike went down May 10, 2005, arrived back from dealer July 9, 2005.
Me, I still haven't gotten my shoulder operated on, dislocation front and back, torn rotator cuff, torn bicep, cartiledge and the shoulder ball and socket torn....etc.
I waxed the bike on the 9th, installed the Mustang seat, and took her on two seperate ride of 35 and 10 miles. Hurt like hell, wife pissed off, but cleared my head. Don't reccomend this for everyone, but I bought the bike to ride, not tralier, buy a gazillion doo-dads (have bought my share though) or just ride to the local rally or bar. Can't wait until they operate and I can ride for more then a few miles. My first real ride will be, jump on bike at sunrise and stop to sleep sometime after sunset, then maybe head back home to face the music....LOL
Listen/feel your bike and do the same w/ your body....only you really know what both can do.

mikeLI_77
15th July 2005, 00:10
I am legally blind in my right eye. but it hasn't slowed me down yet. I was born with a cataract, had it removed in 6th grade. then had no lense for 6 years until i had a lense implant just after i graduated in 95. doctor told me i would see 20/30 after the implant so i did it. only reason i waited so long for the implant was at the time i had the cataract removed they did not have permanent lenses yet so i would have had to have a new one put in after about 25 years and the doc said it was better to do it all at once rather than multiple surguries because of the chance of scar tissue developing. so after this doc told me i would see no problem with the implant and never need glasses, 6 months go by after the implant and i still can't see much better except for my periferal vision which is basiacally what i have in my right eye. so i see a specialist and he tells me i have something called amblioclia which is from not having a lense in my eye for 6 years my brain shut off the use of the right eye almost completely and it cannot be regained. doesn't affect my riding to much since i still have periferal vision in my right eye but i don't normally trust it because my periferal is like 20/40 so i usually have to almost turn my head around real quick when doing anything to the right to make sure what's there or not.

freebyrd
15th July 2005, 00:51
four compression fractures in my lower spinal column from an auto accident,
doc prescribes vicodin for the pain but its cronic,

and all the tylonol in the vicodin is playing hell with my liver,
i'll probably die young, they better bury me with my sporty
freebyrd

PSEBYL
15th July 2005, 01:24
:yikes :yikes I hope you don't take out any innocent bystanders in the process. Irrational? No. Self-centered, yes. Feel free to flame me if you want, but keep in mind yours isn't the only life out there.

I hear ya, Man. Actually, I can feel it coming several seconds before it happens. Kind of like a warning. Just enough time to stop and put it on the kickstand. I definitely wear a helmet, just in case.

Clark_2510
15th July 2005, 01:34
Had Pain in my shoulder for 5 years. Did physical Therapy for 6 months as it works for some but didn't for me. You should look the exercises up on the internet. Well I went to Ortho at the Naval Hospital on May 29th and they decided to do arthroscopic surgery on the 31st.It seems my cartlidge bursla was detached so they reattached it and shaved some bone. I am still doing physical therapy which hurts and takes time but I am getting better every day. The doc says my muscles adapted to my injury and I have to rebuild them to the way they are suppose to work. I will let you know. The surgery afterwards hurt like hell almost died because of reaction to anathesa. If you can try and do physical therapy and then talk about the other options. I could not go on with normal activities that is why I had surgery.I did not relize how much your shoulder is involved with everything you do. It hurt to cough after the surgery. I can now move my arm over my head and do alot more. I even rode the scoot a few times not far I am not going to chance my life or anybody elses. Hope you all feel better. Liquid Alleve worked best for me.

Take care of yourselves. My old man has knee problems and even with pain killers and surgery he sometimes doesn't sleep for days. I am finding out I have to take better care of my body kinda of like taking care of the scoot.

Hope you all feel better and ride safe

John

























John

DustyJacket
15th July 2005, 02:44
Play with the iron frame at the H-D dealer, and try several different handlebrs, and positions of the bars.

maybe you can find a setup that lets your shoulders "hang" naturally.

DM-SC
15th July 2005, 13:44
I am legally blind in my right eye. but it hasn't slowed me down yet. I was born with a cataract, had it removed in 6th grade. then had no lense for 6 years until i had a lense implant just after i graduated in 95. doctor told me i would see 20/30 after the implant so i did it. only reason i waited so long for the implant was at the time i had the cataract removed they did not have permanent lenses yet so i would have had to have a new one put in after about 25 years and the doc said it was better to do it all at once rather than multiple surguries because of the chance of scar tissue developing. so after this doc told me i would see no problem with the implant and never need glasses, 6 months go by after the implant and i still can't see much better except for my periferal vision which is basiacally what i have in my right eye. so i see a specialist and he tells me i have something called amblioclia which is from not having a lense in my eye for 6 years my brain shut off the use of the right eye almost completely and it cannot be regained. doesn't affect my riding to much since i still have periferal vision in my right eye but i don't normally trust it because my periferal is like 20/40 so i usually have to almost turn my head around real quick when doing anything to the right to make sure what's there or not.

I've been legally blind in my left eye since birth. Though there are some things that I've not been able to do, it's only stopped me from doing one thing I wanted to do...join the military.

Uncle Sam don't like no blind people in his Army... :frownthre

gringle84
15th July 2005, 20:58
Hey Moker and all,

I too served and thanks for all the others that did too!

I was diagnosed earlier this year with Psoriatic Arthritis from head to toe, I lit up the bone scan etc... Had an MRI on both shoulders that show a labrum tear and rotator cuff problems and am awaiting a V.A. ortho visit to find out when surgery will be scheduled. Both shoulders burn with fire and shooting sharp pain to various degrees depending on what I do. Even just picking up a cup of coffee can be a pain at times.

While in the service I injured my left knee and was diagnosed with psoriasis but they never told me when I was discharged back in 76 that I could have been treated by the V.A. So through out the years since, i've dealt with it the best I could until in 2003 when my wife suggested that I apply for V.A. comp. The worse they can say is no. Long story short, I am now being treated for my medical conditions which are service connected.

Any vet that was injured while in service should file a claim and get treated. I have been lucky and have found some good V.A. docs who really care about us vets and it's our right to be treated. Also, don't accept the first rating they throw your way and keep fighting. I went from a 20% to a 100% rating by not giving up.

Concerning the scoot, The first few things I did to help was to replace the buckhorn bars for some FXWG bars. It helped some for the shoulder pains but I still suffer after a long ride. I hope that surgery will ease most of that pain. The Mustang Vintage wide super touring does help with the lower back pain along with putting forward controls on.

Bottom line for me though, pain will always be a part of riding or any other activity and I just have to deal with it one day at a time and yes, I do hate pain......

Robert

BonRu
15th July 2005, 21:28
Moker, sorry to hear that something's keeping your ride from being all it can be. I have SLE (Lupus), and it effects both connective tissues and joints, especially after I ride for a while, so I know exactly what you're talking about. :eek: I too was discharged from the Navy after 6 years of service, once I was diagnosed. When I first got my bike, it had drag bars. The angle of my body put a major strain on my arms, shoulders, back, etc. I hated riding. I changed them out for a set of 883L bars, and the difference was night and day. Just being able to chill back in my seat and get a little more comfy made a world of difference on more than just my shoulders. I'm still sore every time I ride, but it's a lot more bearable. Any soreness I get now can be relieved with some stretching, a dose of Advil or Celebrex, and a long hot shower (beer helps too). You may consider finding a good massage therapist in your area as well. Because Lupus effects my tendons and muscles, sitting on the bike for very long causes me to stiffen up and get soar (as I'm sure you do too). I have my massage therapist come out every 3 weeks, and just working out the kinks on a regular basis makes a huge difference in the amount of discomfort I feel on the next ride. A lot of insurances also cover massage therapy if you go through a chiropractor, so that might be something worth checking into. My insurance doesn't cover my therapist because she comes to my house, but I don't mind paying myself because the benefits far outweigh the cost of a massage every 3 weeks. I get to ride with a lot less discomfort!! :tour

doc
15th July 2005, 21:36
Hey Moker, I see you were a FC. What tin can were you on? I was on the OLY and went over there in 94.

Moker
17th July 2005, 07:30
gringle84, I have to get off my ass and go to the VA :\

Gonna do some googleing and find out what i have to do to get in and get my shoulders looked at. They never did an MRI on me, which kinda sucks. Hoping that they can get me in and get one scheduled.

doc,
I was stationed in Yokosuka on the McClusky, and San Diego on the Rentz.
I worked on the Mk92 FCS, pretty cool, gotta shoot the missiles and main gun. I have some videos of a missile shoot we did, pretty cool stuff. We even beat an Aegis class Arleigh burke on a missile shoot. Yours truly shot that bird :)
skin to skin shot

PlanB
17th July 2005, 08:17
Moker, There's like three veteran's groups that will help you with the VA process...I used the DAV (Disabled American Vets) representative, and talk about helping you through the beauracracy and red tape! They normally have offices in the VA hospitals and they know what they're doing...I'm glad I didn't try to file my claim myself! I ended up being awarded a 70% disability from them, and I'm about to apply for a 100% rating soon...and since the country is in such a "pro-veteran" mode right now, your timing might be good to apply soon. I've gotten good treatment from the VA so far...just wish they were a little closer to where I live (100 miles), but I guess we can't have everything! Let us know if you have questions as you get started, ok? Mike

As far as my disabilities affecting my riding, I just need to remind myself to stop and take lots of breaks, which has almost turned out to be a good thing...you get to stop and smell the roses, see things you'd normally buzz right by, and sometimes you meet the neatest people! So it's a slight adjustment, but I feel so fortunate each day I ride that I CAN ride...there's quite a few people in this world that don't get to have this opportunity, and I don't take it for granted ever! I do see a trike in my future, but hopefully that'll be 15-20 years from now!

Chief4x4
18th July 2005, 05:43
I have lost 65% of my peripheral vision & a 30% slice of the main field of vision in my left eye to pigmentary glaucoma. My specialist is glad that I bought a rubbermount Sporty as vibration can aggravate the condition, I'm not even supposed to jog (oh bummer ;P ).

I avoid riding in traffic & just use the Sporty for day cruises on the open 2-lanes to nowhere. It used to get to my late wife the way my head would move back & forth so much in heavy traffic driving the Spyder. Guages I have to pretty much look directly at, my greatest vision loss is down/center. My eyes are always moving.

I just have to do more physical effort to stay aware of my surroundings.

BarAndShield
19th July 2005, 16:23
Had a left knee injury in '92 that has led to arthritis. Quite painful if I sit too long or the weather changes. Had a stroke in '93 and lost 25% of my vision in both eyes; much of that has resolved and it doesn't bother me. Latest is this freakin' carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist. That's becoming a nuisance and affecting my riding....

BTW, my wife is a VA nurse; she likes taking care of you vets :)
Thanks for your service!

Clark_2510
19th July 2005, 16:32
Moker ,
I was stationed at Yokosuka on the INDY when it replaced the Midway.

Small World HUH

John

Bikerdude
19th July 2005, 16:45
Anyone remember the "Oriskany CVA-34")...We dubbed her "El Zippo". Anyone know why???
you all realize I am giving my age away here..but hey..I'm STILL alive to do it! :smoke

XLFREAK
21st July 2005, 00:58
Moker, There's like three veteran's groups that will help you with the VA process...I used the DAV (Disabled American Vets) representative, and talk about helping you through the beauracracy and red tape! They normally have offices in the VA hospitals and they know what they're doing...I'm glad I didn't try to file my claim myself! I ended up being awarded a 70% disability from them, and I'm about to apply for a 100% rating soon...and since the country is in such a "pro-veteran" mode right now, your timing might be good to apply soon. I've gotten good treatment from the VA so far...just wish they were a little closer to where I live (100 miles), but I guess we can't have everything! Let us know if you have questions as you get started, ok? Mike

As far as my disabilities affecting my riding, I just need to remind myself to stop and take lots of breaks, which has almost turned out to be a good thing...you get to stop and smell the roses, see things you'd normally buzz right by, and sometimes you meet the neatest people! So it's a slight adjustment, but I feel so fortunate each day I ride that I CAN ride...there's quite a few people in this world that don't get to have this opportunity, and I don't take it for granted ever! I do see a trike in my future, but hopefully that'll be 15-20 years from now!

The Disable American Veterans is a group that I give regularly to. Fine organization. To all of you Vets, thanks for your service. I lost my best friend in Vietnam. He was my Uncle and mentor. One hell of a biker who rode in Oakland, CA before being shipped off.

Semper Fi all!

Loco
So. Cal...

Sleevedfreak
21st July 2005, 18:20
I was in the Nav also served in the first Gulf war... They thought origionaly I had Gulf war syndrome,,but now they are stateing MS...There is a relation to the Gulf anyway...
About your shoulders I tried numorus positions of the hands and it helped with shoulder related pains..I settled with a 6 inch riser that is 5 up and 1 back with drag bars. My hands are just a little lower than my shoulders. This allows for the proper blood flow. I also found when possible I ride with a hand on my leg or lap for a bit..move around the arm ect. keep it from tightening up..

Good luck man

HLM
17th September 2005, 04:04
Am I the only one wondering if there's any body riding without aches, pains and disabilities? I too was Navy but fortunate enough to do 21 yrs. prior to being boarded out with a sleep disorder which doesn't affect my riding as long as I take my meds. From retirement in 1981 untill a few years ago I wasn't real concerned with the pains etc. But then things started going down hill real quick and have since been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and drop footwhich thankfully only affects my walking. The surgeons said I'm beyond the point of gaining any benefit from surgery so they prescribe lots of ibuprofen and stuff. The good side is that I've played around with my sporties to the point that riding is actually my least painful activity. I started with changing the seat on my 98 to a sundowner then, forward controls and mini floorboards. When I got my 04 I immediately ordered a sundowner and then got kuryakin stirrups plus I move the handle bars now and then just to see if it may get even better. I do ride many long days 500mi.+ but as others have said I stop and stretch regular. I've also recently started using an air matress instead of hard ground so my mornings are more pleasant too. Sadly I've seen many folks give up riding when with a little adjusting they could probably have kept riding. And yes I've already gotten my 3 wheel endorsement so if that day comes I won't have to worry if I'm too feeble minded to pass the damn written test. Oorah to all. Would like to share a lane with ya'll someday.
I never had a bad Navy day that wasn't directly related to my own behavior!

SCPO USN Ret.

phedup
22nd September 2005, 20:04
Nav vet? You bet! Crossed the equator so many times I'm a "Golden Shellback". Thanks to all who served too. Any who... I have arthritis and AS, and I found the vibrations from my 00 Sporty to be a killer... So, I bought some Kuryakin grips, and some nice gel padded gloves from HD and both made a world of difference... I might have to try some of the suggestions on bars and pegs to alleviate some of my other aches and pains... Forward controls are on the list... soon as I can afford them.

Later kids.

tdilover
23rd September 2005, 03:41
was on LSD, U.S.S. Sam Marcus. We ust to shoot off the cannons. I think they were 40 millimeter the shells were over a foot long. I don't know to much about guns so I might be off on the 40 millimeter thing. We used no ear protection in those days. Now I am suffering, ringing in the ears and hearing loss.

XLFREAK
23rd September 2005, 23:55
Three back surgeries since '95, that last two in August and November of last year. In addition I think I've got the carpal thing going on in the right arm.

I carry BC powders in my wallet. If that doesn't take care of the aches and pains, then I just grit my teeth and bear it. I have found some unique riding positions to ease the backstrain, though.

Mountainrun
25th September 2005, 06:01
Hypothyroid. Meds keep me going but my endurance isn't what I wish it was. Fingers on clutch hand crushed several years ago(part of index finger sewed back on), and partially severed nerve at base of left thumb causes me problems, but riding again seems to have strenghtened it( cold weather riding sure causes a lot of pain though).Exercise seems to help with the Hypo, and the aches and pains seem to blow away while I'm riding.

tcspannerwrench
25th September 2005, 06:07
HLM, I never had a bad Navy day that wasn't directly related to my own behavior!

SCPO USN Ret
I can honestly say the same for my army days although it took me several (25) years to relize it

StarGateOps
21st October 2005, 05:07
It isn't a matter of If but When if you don't already ride with injuries..
I am riding my Harley today rather than a wheel chair that had been reserved for me since 1997. It took all the fight in me. After almost nine years of being down, I am winning. I can't ride far but I can ride and that's all that counts. Won't go into details but My Doctors are amazed that I can Walk let alone ride.
Wish the best to all of you. I am new here but not NEW. I have owned 35 motorcycles in my lifetime, 4 of them Sportsters. Gotta love em all. A 79, 89, 94 and now a 2005.
Grumpy Old Man in Florida

Confused89
21st October 2005, 15:26
I don't believe that anyone can ride any long distance without hurting some. I don't have any disabilities and after a full day of riding with about 2 hours inbetween stops my left shoulder is hurting. I am only 20 so as my dad says, "you're to young to have any pains." After reading some of these posts it seems that a lot of you will do just about anything to go riding.

Smokermike
21st October 2005, 17:03
its took me 7 years to be able to get around again lots of cronic pain due to bad back injury at work but finall able to go for short rides lots of fun like therpy for me i guess

garbiker
21st November 2005, 10:25
how about this crushed back parlised from waist down for 7 months in 1966back racing next spring in a body cast still ride .gar

bplinson
21st November 2005, 10:49
They had color photos back then?? I would not have known since I was only 2 years old!!! :P

merc
21st November 2005, 12:12
hey is that Kitty from that 70's show?

garbiker
21st November 2005, 16:41
see the bed was a 2 wheeler. So got my riding in. The bed rolled over so could lay face down and not be moved. C U ltr .

harlyfxr
1st February 2006, 17:20
I am 53 tears old been riding for ever started getting bad pains in my feet and that didnt stop me but yesterday jan 31 2006 went to the doc with another pain now they say I may have MS./ and may lose my drivers liceince so I will have to sell the bike this time.

Reaper6
1st February 2006, 17:46
To Moker and All that served...thank you. I am free to live the lifestyle that I choose, even though it is looked down on by a lot of citizens, because of you all.

To Sleevedfreak and Harlyfxr... I too have MS. Six years ago I suddenly lost some sight in my left eye and was diagnosed with an optic neuritis. I had numbness and tingling on my left side. Tests at U of W in Madison showed I have MS. I am told that I am very fortunate because I don't have a progressive form. When I have an exacerbation I sometimes have to use a cane for awhile. In the past I have gone into a remission of sorts for as long as 18 months. I'm contemplating adding a sissy bar with a home-built cane holder.

You guys hang tough. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Moker
1st February 2006, 17:58
Moker ,
I was stationed at Yokosuka on the INDY when it replaced the Midway.

Small World HUH

John
hah! heck yeah. i remember when the indy replaced her.

1200 Custom
1st February 2006, 20:15
Well i must be lucky,i'm 48 and don't have any problems, i have some aches and pains after a long ride but nothing some stops and a little walk won't cure... I figure i'll just keel over some day and it will be over....
I never was in the service's, vietnam was just ending when i turned 18...
But i do want to thank everyone that has served, my Son inlaw is a marine and just called yesterday from Iraq, i sure worry and hope he comes home ok..

H@mbone!
1st February 2006, 20:36
Thank you all who have served for our great nation, me myself have been in the Army for 6 years now and will be in for life. I appreciate every vet that has served and know that our nation wouldn't be where it is at today if it wasn't for fellow soldiers serving in the past. That is the reason I joined to be in something that has a great history and to help keep a country safe of all dangers. Thank you again everyone for your service.

Jimbo999
1st February 2006, 21:26
I am 53 tears old been riding for ever started getting bad pains in my feet and that didnt stop me but yesterday jan 31 2006 went to the doc with another pain now they say I may have MS./ and may lose my drivers liceince so I will have to sell the bike this time.

Get a Trike..........Are they going to report you or something ???????
Don't stop riding if you don't have to.
IMHO Trikes are just as respectful as 2 wheelers. They serve the purpose
and keep you on the road.

Jimbo999
1st February 2006, 21:31
Just thanked my Lucky Stars after reading the above posts. I turned 60
1-24 and ride 200+ miles a week. ( Weather permiting )

I'll be in the saddle as long as this ol' body can hold on.

Sportster Girl
1st February 2006, 21:41
I've never had any problems riding with pain up until a couple of months ago.

I spent last fall working in a tire shop. The hardest manual labor I've ever done in my life and I'm a landscaper!

During those months I worked there, when I would sleep, I would wake up with my hands either numb or hurting. Now when I ride, I am having problems pulling in the clutch. Only shows up after about 10 miles or so. And I never thought the Sportster clutch was difficult. Couldn't understand why people bought the AMP or those other devices.

Now I've been looking at hydraulic clutches, but they're 350 bucks! :wonderlan

Guess I goobed my hand up. I hope it diminishes over time....

kevinhdy
17th March 2006, 15:07
My dad lost his left hand in Vietnam. The dealer modified his Dyna Wide Glide for him by putting the clutch lever on the right side, and linking front and rear brakes to the right foot pedal. He has no problems riding, and has toured the whole country. For me riding it, it takes a little getting used to having the clutch and throttle on the same hand, but, it was fun.

nc5p
19th March 2006, 02:34
I have allergies real bad. Sometimes I start sneezing while riding, it's extra bad that I can't get to my nose. I've tried a bunch of antihistamines but not many of them work for me. The ones that do make me drowsy and I won't use them and ride.

Doug
2004 883>1200 Custom

streeteagle2
19th March 2006, 03:53
Got a bad back from 43 years of standing 9 hours a day at work. After about an hour of riding it gets to hurting big time, have to take a 15 minute break. If any of you are taking Vicodin, Percocet, etc., PLEASE don't take anymore than you absoutely have to. I'm a pharmacist, & I've seen so many people get hooked on these drugs. If they are use just to control the pain, fine. But too many people like the euphoria they cause, & start taking more than they should, & before they know it they're hooked, & they are some docs which will keep on writing the scrips anyway. The feds are starting to crack down around here, though...

Episteme
24th March 2006, 01:00
Klipple-Trenaunay-Webber syndrome, significantly affects my right arm and upper chest. It's painful, but that's why I just bought my first ride - riding demands that I focus on something other than pain.

Cbay57
30th March 2006, 05:03
Had an on duty injury to L4/L5,,L5/S1 in 1985, had been riding for 5 years then. Shelved the bike for 1 season then got back on, did some mods to help out. Had surgery to fix in Jan 1992 and was back on the bike by summer.
I had to learn how to ride comfortable, it took time and lots of trial and error.
In 1998 my MRI showed more herniation at those 2 levels again, this time I said xxxxxxx* it, I'm leavin it and will work through it, still kept riding although not far or long.
Crusing along enjoying my rides, when in 2002 I was hit from behind in a cage. Screwed up my back even more, got my neck to, no hospital but months of rehab.
Doc said no more riding, I said we'll see, back on it 6 months later.
Dec 04 I went off work on Perm disability due to my back and Sleep Apnea.
Diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea Oct 04, I stop breathing every 3 minutes in my sleep, had one that lasted 47 seconds. I use a CPAP machine to sleep at night but my back gets sore when I sleep and only get 2-3 hours per night on the machine.
Had another MRI done July 05 that shows those 2 discs have exploded, 5 more are buging, 2 below 3 above and I have 2 nice big osteophytes(osteo arthritis growths) growing right in the middle of the discs tearing them apart, affecting my legs, hips and knees.
The Sleep Apnea was actually a Godsend as it got me off all those meds that always have a side effect of some sort. Can't take muscle relax after 5:00pm, stopped the arthritis meds to, and no alcohol(BOO HOO) Today I am med free, nothing. But in Cronic pain.
When I told Doc I was going to try and ride in 04 he said no. So I went and bought a 04 Roadster and have put 40,000KM(Canuk miles) in 21 months.

Through all of this I have never stopped riding if I can handle it.
These days I ride 400-500 KM /week, I have been on long long trips, I stop every hour for a rest, cause my thighs are on fire, then keep on riding.
In a nut shell, I don't sleep and am in pain all the time, my left foot feels like its not there, both thighs burn all the time, I can't turn my head to the left(neck) very far and every morning I get up feeling like I have been hit by truck from lack of sleep.
After I wake up I check the weather(look outside) if it aint rainin I'm ridin.
Hey I go out start the scoot, as soon as I through my leg over and pull away the pain seems to be pushed aside, I don't care any more that I only slept for 3 hours, I don't care that my legs are on fire, I don't care that I can't feel my left foot,I only need my left foot to pull that shift lever and put it on the ground when I stop.
Within 2 KM of home there seems to be the signs of a smile on my face, I turn up the volume on the tunes and by 5KM the smile is from ear to ear.
Riding is, in my opinion the ultimate therapy for any injured person..
Shinny side always stays up.

Gone
10th April 2006, 13:26
I blew out L4L5 5yrs ago. They want to fuse the area but I've heard some horror stories about that. First year I was eating vicodin like candy they didn't really help all that much and the way I was taking them wouldn't be long till full blown junkie. I quit everything except stretching and massages and ultrasound treatments. I used to hear all these old guys bitching about their backs and now I am one. Riding every day now, hurts like a bitch some days but I gotta just suck it up to have any kind of life.

kd460
12th April 2006, 01:50
Sportster Girl, sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. See a MD, it can be fixed.

Pops53, my riding buddy had the fusion in his lower back and sid it was the best thing he ever did. That was 20 years ago, no problems since.

Scooter_Trash
12th April 2006, 02:05
SG, it could be CTS like kd460 said, or it could be something really simple like pressure on the ulnar nerve in your hand. Try reducing the pressure on your hand, changing hand position or maybe changing grips. Try the simple stuff first, then work up to the harder fixes.

edit: I noticed your post is from Feb 1st. Did you figure it out yet?

canroc
14th April 2006, 20:08
Got an L5S1 disk rupture about six weeks ago.. still pain from the lower back down to the left ankle.. doing all I can to be able to ride this season.. stretching like mad, still going to the gym, doing lots of the more back friendly chinups and dips to replace the weightlifting I used to do, and in part to take the weight off the spine.. no more squats, presses etc. Surgery is an option, but I'm going to avoid that after reading some stories of that going wrong. I can take painkillers but then without the warning of pain I might do things to aggrevate the condition.
I was considering not riding this season until I read through this forum thread.. An L5S1 rupture is nothing to complain about compared to what I've read in this thread.. amazing folks still riding despite their injuries and disabling conditions. I have some trips lined up this year and am going to do them regardless. If I have to stop every half hour to get off and stretch and move around than I'll do that.

Gone
14th April 2006, 20:12
Sorry to hear about your back. For me the first few months were the worst. I still have some bad days but it's manageable. Best luck to you.

cynthia
24th April 2006, 02:25
WOW! Aren't we all a bunch of old crocks!?! Well, I'd be honoured if you'd let me join the club. Are you all sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Severe asthma for 48 years. (I'm 50) Nearly died several times as a child. Nowadays adequately controlled by meds.
Chronic Rhinitis. Alleviated by nose spray.
Mild eczema. As a baby it covered my whole body. Rarely troubles me now.
Hypertension. Controlled by meds.
Hiatus hernia with oesophageal stricture and ulceration. Requires minor surgery once a year.
Prolapsed discs: L2 & L3. Treated with painkillers as required.
Arthritis. Not diagnosed but all the aches and pains indicate it. No treatment..least of my problems.
Adult Onset Diabetes. Controlled with diet (HAHA) and meds.
Lifelong Clinical Depression. Controlled with meds.
Peripheral Neuropathy. A degenerative neurological condition, similar to MS, in which all the sensory nerves in the hands and feet, then arms and legs, progressively die off. This affects balance, dexterity and propriaception. (One's sense of where one's arms and legs are.) My feet are almost completely numb and my hands are partially numb. This condition is extremely painful because the pain nerves all fire off uncontrollably as the condition progresses. No cure and no effective treatment except strong painkillers and anti-convulsive drugs.
Osteomyelitis in two toes of left foot. Might lose toes and foot if it doesn't clear up. Have been on strong antibiotics for nearly a year. Side effects of antibiotics....you don't want to know!
Plantar Fasciitis resulting in heel spurs and fallen arches.
Broke my left collarbone and two ribs in a motorcycle accident 25 years ago. Apart from a little aching in cold weather this does not trouble me now.
Mild, almost unnoticeable Tourrette's Syndrome and mild OCD No treatment.
Tinnitus. No treatment.

I have only had my Sporty for a month but already I realise that I need to remove the clipons and put the standard handlebars back on. At my age and with my problems, the "head down, bum up" position is just too painful on my wrists, arms, back and neck! Also I'll get a sheepskin for the seat. At the moment I can only ride about 10 miles before the discomfort level reaches the red zone! I'm reading all of your solutions and remedies with great interest.

I have probably left some things out but I'm sure I am a lot better off than many of you. In fact, I consider myself lucky compared to some people I have met. I have enormous admiration and respect for the way you all keep riding despite the most disabling conditions and injuries.

Remember guys...."She or he who dies with the most disabilities...WINS!"

Warmest regards to you all, Cynthia.

Gone
4th July 2006, 17:58
So...

I was in the navy for 6 years, in desert shield/gulf war on a tin can.
We had very minimal choices for things to do on the ship, as it was so frikkin small. So I decided to use the weights, and work out.
Well it turns out, I have tendonitis now, and it's documented and am receiving disablity for it, but it kind of sucks.
I can't ride for very long, couple hours at most, before my shoulders are in flames. :(

Anyone else out there have medical problems that affect riding?
Did you do anything special to your bike to help with the problems?

I have a slight tear in my left rotator cuff and teninitis in left elbow after a work accident, currently doing physical therapy 2 times a week. Only problems it gives me riding is my shoulder gets to burning after a while and elbow gets tight and sore if riding the twisties a lot , rode 2 up yesterday down 46&135 here in Indiana ended up at the back of the pack cuz i just couldnt get thru the curves like i normally do with the added weight of a passenger.
Carry a ziplock bag with you , when you stop for gas or to eat fill bag with ice and ice your shoulder down , helps reduce inflammation and will help oyu get on down the road to the next gas and ice stop.

Brockster
27th July 2006, 22:27
Let's see...ADHD - I wouldn't wish seven+ years of Ritalin, or the side effects (paranoia, insomnia) on anyone. All of the speed-style meds do not work for more than two days before I go into a massive tailspin. But that's okay. I know not to take ANY of them now. :smackh I'm even cutting back a bit on the caffeine. Really makes it difficult to keep a good job.

Lifelong clinical depression/anxiety - (probably exacerbated as a kid by the Ritalin) - controlled by getting the hell out of the house on the bike :touror in the beater Miata.

Deaf in left ear since birth - was a preemie under three pounds in 1963. Oh yeah, and nearsighted - but the glasses make me look smarter, right?:D

I feel very fortunate in comparison to some of the posts here. I'm really impressed with all of your stubborness/fortitude!

4banger
30th August 2006, 22:16
I was standing behind a 20mm cannon that blew up and when the dust cleared I was on my back holding my guts in my arms to keep them out of the dirt. They were all pink and yellow like a rock cods. One piece of shrapnel went clear thru my left leg but my rt. lower leg was blown off but was still there hanging my the tendons. The breech went into my stomach and I lost my spleen part of my stomach and about 10 feet of my intestines. Then it got infected in my knee and turned into gang green in my rt leg. After some civil war style cutting they saved my leg. A couple of years ago the V.A. gave my a knee replacement but there was so much scar tissue it didn't come out so good. That's why I have to have forward controls. I'm always in pain and have been since 1967, but riding sure helps my attitude about life in general. The V.A. gives me pain meds that I guess I'll always take, so I'm gratefull that they do that or I might have to drink or just give up. So if your in pain don't be to proud not to take some meds for relief.

Rodgerk
7th September 2006, 21:31
Damn. You guys that served our country - wish I could give you some of my incredibly good health. I would share it in a minute.

I tried to join every service during Vietnam but they insisted I was 1-Y (to be called up in an emergency). Had to watch some useless whiny punks go and I stayed behind.

Stay tough on those bikes. Try to enjoy what you have and savor every minute. A boss I had once told me that it was never so tough that some other poor guy didn't have it tougher. God Bless.

wagondog
7th September 2006, 21:52
I blew out L4L5 5yrs ago. They want to fuse the area but I've heard some horror stories about that. First year I was eating vicodin like candy they didn't really help all that much and the way I was taking them wouldn't be long till full blown junkie. I quit everything except stretching and massages and ultrasound treatments. I used to hear all these old guys bitching about their backs and now I am one. Riding every day now, hurts like a bitch some days but I gotta just suck it up to have any kind of life.

I had a commercial HVAC unit dropped on my head:doh Fractured C3 C4 C5 vertebra and discs. I thought my walking days were over as did my family. Thank God I found Mt. Siani Medical Center in Manhattan. Took bone from my hip put it in my neck and I am 99%, working, riding, playing golf (12 hcp). Don't be afraid of fusion, I know every injury is not the same but I am living proof that with the right surgeon at the right hospital and with God's help nothing is impossible. Good luck with the spine
Wagondog

capttrips25
10th October 2006, 14:12
I am a vet and suffer from PTSD and explosive personality dissorder. I get checked out before I ride for large nuts and bolts stashed in my pockets so I don't whip them at idiots when we ride. I ride in the back so the only thing that bothers me are the tail gaters which usualy back off when I start hawking big ol' loogies over my shoulder.

4banger
10th October 2006, 15:57
[QUOTE=capttrips25]I am a vet and suffer from PTSD and explosive personality dissorder. I get checked out before I ride for large nuts and bolts stashed in my pockets so I don't whip them at idiots when we ride. I ride in the back so the only thing that bothers me are the tail gaters which usualy back off when I start hawking big ol' loogies over my shoulder.[/QUOTE I think we all have a little of that but I'm not sure about the pockets full of hardware. If I see ya and I'm not on my bike, I'll remember your M.O.:laugh

jwbradbury
10th October 2006, 16:25
I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand, so I installed a clutch-assist device which helps with my shifting.

And, since I'm now getting older, I've developed arthritis at the base of my right thumb. To help with that, I installed one of these "Cramp Busters" on my throttle. I don't have to grip the throttle all the time, instead I can just use the weight of my hand while cruising... works really well on long rides.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m254/jwbradbury/Online%20Items/CrampBuster.jpg

I think many of us just learn different tricks to put up with various maladies to help us enjoy our riding.

J.W.

y2k_harley
2nd February 2007, 04:50
I bought my sporty 5 months after I had an ATV accident that nearly tore off my right arm at the shoulder. It was dislocated to the rear and 3 of the 4 muscles were torn off the rotator cuff. I had surgery in May and bought the bike in September. My physical therapist thought I was nuts. I don't know why I waited so long to start to ride. My shoulders both get pretty tired after a while, but they are getting stronger day by day.

TO ALL OF YOU THAT SERVED OUR COUNTRY -- I THANK YOU!!!!!

obinella
2nd February 2007, 05:01
does hemorrhoids count?

Jimbo999
2nd February 2007, 05:05
I take blood pressure medicine. It doesn't hit me for 2-2 1/2 Hrs. after I
take it so I'm careful not to ride till I know the vision and muscle problems
go away. So far so good.

Ride On
:tour

Gone
3rd February 2007, 08:19
Hello I am fairly new to the list. I was just medically retired from the Army. All total my Navy?Army active duty time is alittle over 14 yrs. Reconstructed shoulder and lower back spinal fusion. When I started walking again with a walker. I bought a 06/883L. First few rides on stock seat left my right leg burning in pain. I invested in a Mustang Solo. It works great. Long rides from Port St Lucie, FL to either Orlando or Miami hurt my shoulder more than my back. I wear my icy/hot patches with honor (help with the pain at night)

smokinron
4th February 2007, 03:08
Exposure to Agent Orange in Nam 66-67, 3rd Mar Div and many yrs of smoking. Came down with throat cancer in 2003, they removed my voice box,left me with a hole in my neck to breath thru, have to speak with an electronic devise that I hold up to the side of my neck. Difficult to speak with it when I have a helmet on but still manage, do have a little problem with breathing when I am riding if I catch too much air in the breathing hole.
like others, just have to do the best we can with what we have and be thankful for what we do have.

richie a
6th February 2007, 02:50
Had a dirt bike accident way back that brings on neck and back pain periodically. Can only ride a few hours at a time before having to stop and take a couple alleve. Just thankful I can still throw a leg over her.

61xlch
6th March 2007, 22:00
>I'm glad all of you with disabilities and were in the service are actually getting your disability money.I've got a messed up back and arthritis all through i and 2discs missing in my neck and 2missing in my lower back and arthritis going through the rest of my body and put 13years in the navy as a jet mechanic and was put out disabled and tried to get my disability and they keep telling me that they can't find my medical records,how convient

dewjantim
25th August 2007, 16:18
I have bad heart problems and a pacemaker/defibrillator. The damn defib keeps going off when I ride fast for extended periods. Went off once on my sporty while doing the ton. Ahhhh, nothing like being struck by lightning at 100 mph!!!!! Bad heart et all, I still can do 300-400 mile days on my rubber-mount (NOT on my ironhead). Ride until my butt cant stand it any longer. Gotta love that stock solo seat!!!!! NOT........Dew.

spineshot
25th August 2007, 18:45
I fell almost 30ft in the engineroom of a destroyer,I bounced off the Main Engine and then hit a lube oil strainer/cooler,A handrail then landed in a bilge pocket, I was OUT like a light for nearly 2 days.I ruputured 2 disks in my lower spine,herniated 2 disks in my neck,cracked 3 vertabrae,Tore my left rotator,And cracked all the bones in my left ankle.I told myself I couldnt ride because It would hurt too much,Or it would speed up deterioration of my injuries.So for 9yrs I sat on my ass,got fat,Lazy and Felt Beau-Coup pain,And my condition got worse anyhow,I was missing lots of things,Ever since I got back on a bike,I'm mobile,I recover quicker from a strain,my atittude and how I feel is vastly improved,I slimmed down from nearly 200lbs back to my original weight of 155-160,I got a tan! I get looks from females again! I've had to make small changes to the bike,the way I live,I eat more healthy foods.the biggest thing I learned was to just accept all the pain,And actually being mobile,I have less pain,unless i get stupid again and try a 700 mile non-stop trip and have to get peeled off the bike because i'm so full of pain and cramped up like last time lol!I can suggest keep moving,stay flexible,make small changes,before you take Meds for dealing with pain

bigdaddy1988
25th August 2007, 20:51
I have three kids serving. 2 navy and 1 air force I couldn't be prouder. so far the only disability is the oldest
likes to ride "ninja type bikes" Do you think the VA will offer him counseling? so he'll learn to ride a sporty or at least a buell. Seriously THANK YOU FOR SERVING

bigdaddy1988
25th August 2007, 20:54
I have three kids serving. 2 navy and 1 air force I couldn't be prouder. so far the only disability is the oldest
likes to ride "ninja type bikes" Do you think the VA will offer him counseling? so he'll learn to ride a sporty or at least a buell. Seriously THANK YOU FOR SERVING.

spineshot
26th August 2007, 01:03
LOL! My spine doctor said he was going to give me couseling because I bought a 1968 BSA! I dont know about your Airforce child,But at least 2 of them got it 'right' and are 'squidlys' or 'anchor clankers' Just kidding big daddy,Vets and Active military are my favorite people no matter what branch they picked,

tneff
19th September 2007, 07:03
I broke my back in a car accident 4 years ago, have titanium rods holding it together. Nerve damage in the right leg makes some rides a little painful, but as long as I can safely ride I'll be out there. Thank you to those that served.

jacuze
23rd October 2007, 19:59
I've had severe pain in my neck (C5/6). I didn't ride for three months while I was waiting for the pain to stop. Some doctors talked about surgery to fix it. Over time the pain has gone away so I started riding again. After two days of riding the pain came back. I thought about getting a different set of handlebars to see if that helps. My only other option is to sell my bike. The pain was so intense I never want to go through that again and possible cause permanent damage which would require surgery. Note: 20 Years Navy with bad knees.

nonuser
26th October 2007, 15:34
Yoga and meditation, and I hang inverted to take pressure off my back, it helps for me. I'm looking for any advice on bars and riser set ups also seat? I'm on a very limited budget, Ironically because of all the pain. I'm still riding stock xl 883, and looking into buckhorns bars, is what someone suggested I'm up for any advise. 6ft 190lbs one and a half knees, very bad back.
:(
Thank u for serving/and still serving. U have given us this freedom that WE enjoy every day in this great land! Many, MANY thanks to U and all the fallen 4 our freedom! Enjoy every day to its fullest:tour

jharback
26th October 2007, 17:17
>I'm glad all of you with disabilities and were in the service are actually getting your disability money.I've got a messed up back and arthritis all through i and 2discs missing in my neck and 2missing in my lower back and arthritis going through the rest of my body and put 13years in the navy as a jet mechanic and was put out disabled and tried to get my disability and they keep telling me that they can't find my medical records,how convient

Has the VA done a "World Wide Records Search" for your medical records?

When you leave active duty your medical records are supposed to be sent to the VA Hospital nearest your home of record. Sometimes their sent to the wrong one or your home of record has changed. Go to the VA Hospital nearest your present location and ask them to do a "World Wide Records Search" for your medical records. They will send a notice to all VA Hospitals throughout the world asking that your medical records be sent to them.

Don't let the paperwork nightmare with the VA get you down.... it's a disaster. Just go to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) office at the VA Hospital. They will handle most of the nightmare for you. These guys are GOOD! Most of them are disabled veterans themselves and know the system inside and out thru personal experience. I cannot stress this enough! Believe me these guy's really know their shit. They can get you stuff you never even thought of. They know how to cut thru the red tape and get things done.

If you are on active duty, just before you are discharged, go to your medical clinic and have a copy of your medical records made for your own files. Most medical clinics will do this for you (or give you access to their copy machine). This is a must if you have had any kind of problems while on active duty.

If you are a retiree you ABSOLUTELY must do this. Most retiree's don't realize that if you die from a related condition which you had while on active duty that your spouse and dependents get many addtional benifits. For instance if you were diagnosed with high blood pressure while on active duty and thirty years later you die of a heart attack your spouse may continue to receive your retirement pay even if you didn't sign up for the addtional insurance when you retired. In addition, in some states (Alabama being one that I know of for sure) your kids can go to a state college tuition free and receive their required books for free. Make sure your spouse knows to contact the Duty Officer at the nearest base to you if you die. They will assign a senior NCO or Officer to assist your spouse. They will help her with all arrangements and ensure that she receives all benefits she is entitled to.

Jim

brokenleg
14th November 2007, 01:09
Befor my ampution in september I was in so much pain I took 90mg morphy slow release and 30mg oxecodne every 4 hrs and rode and rode. i was at my pain dotors ofice one day and comeing out of the exam room with my helment in hand a man in a wheel chair saw me and ask if i toke pain meds. i said yes and told him what I took he freaked out took off down the hall and dotor told me not to tell people that they did not know i had been on the meds for over 5 years I just laughed.:clap:shhhh:shhhh

rwise
24th November 2007, 14:12
First a big thank you to all the VET's for doing what I could not! I was born with a defect in my lower back, at 18 Dr told me I would bend down to tie my shoe and never walk again! :censor Well I decided to do whatever the hell I wanted to do, cause it just don't matter, (right?) I have torn up both knees and need surgery on both (according to Dr's :rolleyes:) tore up my right shoulder as well, then slipped a vertebra (you guessed it) in my lower back, 2 level fusion and I can walk! Will I slow down, well I have to, will I stop, hell no. I am going to take the 35% of me that left and do whatever I can for as long as I can, never give up.

Back in the early 70's a bud took off on his chopper, up near Chicago he topped a hill late at night running aroun, 60mph there was a truck setting just over the top of the hill in his lane. Well they said he would never walk again, well he can walk, it aint perty but he can walk, never give up!:tour

khaskins
24th November 2007, 17:54
gringle84, I have to get off my ass and go to the VA :\

Gonna do some googleing and find out what i have to do to get in and get my shoulders looked at. They never did an MRI on me, which kinda sucks. Hoping that they can get me in and get one scheduled.

doc,
I was stationed in Yokosuka on the McClusky, and San Diego on the Rentz.
I worked on the Mk92 FCS, pretty cool, gotta shoot the missiles and main gun. I have some videos of a missile shoot we did, pretty cool stuff. We even beat an Aegis class Arleigh burke on a missile shoot. Yours truly shot that bird :)
skin to skin shot

Don't let them cut on you without doing the MRI. That kind of like driving in a new town without a map. Human anatomy is supposed to be the same when normal but when you are injured the body rebuilds the injured area, sometimes things don't heal right.

I'm a vet as well. Two crushed vertebrae in my upper back and a bad right knee from a couple of bad parachute jumps. I left my back alone, keeping it strong helps. Had arithroscopy on right knee in 1992, hurts sometimes but I'll live.

Good luck with your shoulders hope you heal and get back on the bike

dooley
25th November 2007, 16:17
One Hernia and workin on another.

Two slipped discs C5 and C6
Physical therapy moves them back, but sometimes they get sore.
Wind buffeting does a number on my neck.

Chronic ingrown toenails...
Don't laugh, sometimes they hurt worse than the other two.

bosskag
21st December 2007, 19:40
Crap!. ya'll really make me feel like a wimp complaining about my ms, high blood pressure, diabetes, cataracts, gout, diverticulitis and other little stuff.

milmat1
21st December 2007, 20:56
I was in the Army during the 1st Gulf War. My unit was exposed to nerve gas while in Iraq. I have neurological problems now, which causes me to all of a sudden lose consciousness now and then. Has it affected my riding? Not yet. If it does, I suppose I'll leave this world the same way I came in...screaming and covered in blood. My attitude may seem irrational, but riding has been a part of my life since I was 9 years old.


Quite the Contrary my Friend !!!!

Thats What a Biker Does !!

Screwdriver
21st December 2007, 20:59
Well my penis is so large that I have to stop every few hours and move it from the right pant leg to the left.

bosskag
21st December 2007, 23:21
Well my penis is so large that I have to stop every few hours and move it from the right pant leg to the left.


I guess that means you are right handed. :smoke

oldgrouch
19th February 2008, 10:36
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I ride when I can. Starting new meds so I maybe able to take a trip this summer. Will try a short trip in a few weeks to New Orleans about 250 miles one way. Should tell me if I might be able to make it to SD & back. 1800 miles from Florida but need to go at least once. Not getting any younger.

Rascal
22nd February 2008, 00:36
It's hell to get older, have health issues, or both. I have my share of them, but I continue to ride....I think it's what actually keeps me alive.

Likemlouder
23rd February 2008, 01:45
navy was the best job i ever had have bad knees taller bikes help had accident in 05 headaches started finally in 06 had to have brain surgery went bad brain liner leak another brain surgery same issues headache severe to much spinal fluid pressure another surgery this time had to have a brain shunt bougt an 07 wide glide when i was so sick my buddy had to help me to the dealer and they had to deliver it no way i could ride it but i would set by it then strong enough to sit on it then hold it up then finally ride people say i am crazy to ride i say when you quit living you are already dead still have headaches if i ride or not shoulder hurt on long rides thank God for life and loritab ride till i die or as long as possible :clap:clap:clap