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33 & 35 years ago I had 2 "should have died" motorcycle accidents I walked away from (after trips to the emergency room). I've had back and neck pain for years and knew one vertebrae in my neck was broken in the first wreck. I've taken glucosamine/condroitin and ibuprophen over the years for the pain.

Well the last couple of years things have gone downhill to the point of losing griping strength and pain in my left hand and pain in my knees so bad I can't kneel on them.

I've had an MRI and x-rays in the last month, and the news is ... not only the fracture in my neck, but also one in my low back, and three crushed, destroyed discs in my neck and one in the low back. All are now compressing nerves.

My orthopedist is going to have me try physical therapy to try to strengthen muscles to make up for some of the lost support in my spine. I'm going to up my dosage of the glucosamine/condroitin. He doesn't recommend any currently available surgical options.

I guess the moral of the story is even if you walk away from all accidents as I have, your body will likely get even with you somehow, sometime.

My doctors know I still ride. I rode to my appointment yesterday. My son thinks I'm pretty tough for not complaining all these years. My wife knows I'm not a whiner, and I know I'm an addict, a motorcycle addict. But, there's worse things to be.
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One thing I have learned in the Army. Being mentally tough doesn't mean that your body will follow the brain's lead. best of luck man.
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One thing I have learned in the Army. Being mentally tough doesn't mean that your body will follow the brain's lead. best of luck man.
Xactly right. In fact my wife mocked me the first time the shooting pain hit me when I kneeled down, then yelped in pain and rolled over on my side. Nothing my brain said could change the nerve pain in my knee.
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Have you tried any alternative therapies?? I'm a chiropractor in Oklahoma and have been using Spinal Decompression on my patients for low back pain, herniated discs, and degenerative joint disease. This gets the pressure and compression off of the nerves. But if the vertebrea still have active fractures (which they should have healed by now) you will not be able to do the Spinal decompression therapy. Hope this helps and good luck with your treatment. Keep riding............
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Have you tried any alternative therapies?? I'm a chiropractor in Oklahoma and have been using Spinal Decompression on my patients for low back pain, herniated discs, and degenerative joint disease. This gets the pressure and compression off of the nerves. But if the vertebrea still have active fractures (which they should have healed by now) you will not be able to do the Spinal decompression therapy. Hope this helps and good luck with your treatment. Keep riding............
Thanks for the advice. The fractures are very old and I'm sure pretty well fused. The x-rays even show some arthritis in my neck. That ought to add extra mass and strength ... I guess.

Unfortunately I've acquired a phobia of chiropractors. The first wreck broke the vertebrae in my neck. The rest of the pain in three vertebrae below it, the area of the disc compression, began during chiropractic treatment. I don't know what that particular chiropractor did, but I don't want anymore of it.
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My thoughts are with you this morning. Good luck, and it seems you have other blessings in your life.
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Thank you. Yes I've been blessed with a great family and definately seen divine intervention, at least in surviving brushes with death.

I started this thread as a sort of warning for others, maybe the young'uns here, to be extra careful with their bodies because we don't get away with anything we do to them over the years. A price will be paid.
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Ya Ed, chiropractors are like Stealers, some are the best places to get help and some just don't know what they are doing. Sorry about your bad experience. I wish you a short and healthy recovery.
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When riding, a weightlifter belt can give extra support.

Good for long rides, even if you don't have a back problem.
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With fractures/breaks of vertibrae Chiropractor can do nothing. There are forms of alternative medicine that can work. I shattered C3 years ago. I have learned to deal with it over the years. Kepp doing what you enjoy until you cannot do it anymore. Enjoy life.

BTW Are you going to Ramjet this sunday? I can give you some details on alternatives.
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