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I have a herniated disc in my low back, has been 3.5 years since I hurt myself hanging Drywall. I started playing disc golf right before I hurt my back and even with the bad back which still keeps me from working I can't stop myself from playing disc golf... even though I hurt  for about 2 days each time I play.

It's my guess alot of you have problems yourself that gets in the way from playing, or at least from playing as well as you would like, I thought it might be nice to know a little about you, and since I know my back pain is a big part of ... who I am now, I am sure we can learn about each other , and learn ways to cope with problems!

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the paper must be soaked with lysergic acid first.

seriously though, have you considered acupuncture?
'kool aid" drink trips
My knees have been bothering me lately, but that is only because I need to lose weight. Other than than, I don't have anything major from previous things that I've done in my life.
In 2000 I blew out my knee and had surgery to repair it. In 2003 I had an accident that left me with a herniated disc in my back. In 2008 I tore my knee again no surgery yet. 2009 I tore my rotator cuff (No repair yet)

I find that a regimen of Glucosamine HCL, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, and Chondroitin sulfate help tremendously. If you are allergic to shellfish I would skip the last one.

Anyway my back got to the point I couldn't walk it hurt to sit and they wanted to cut. I found this rehab place that helped me to strengthen the little muscles right along the spine. They used a machine called the rep-ex to help stretch my back as i relaxed and to strengthen the little muscles they used a machine called the Med-ex which was attached to a computer that kept track of angle of incline, weight lifted, and reps. After about 3 months of doing it 2 to 3 days a week I was finally back on my feet and the Doctor was amazed how fast I recovered once back on my feet and contributed the progression to me playing Disc Golf.
Well, that's why they call it "practicing medicine" After being in the med field for over twenty years. I've seen it all to often. People just do what the docs tell them without ever thinking. They are just people sifting through an ever changing field. Pain med are not bad if use RIGHT, but docs will just keep uping the dose do to an increase in med. tollerance. Well, there finding out that's B.S. for the most part. I was heading down your path until I went to a pain clinic and did my own homework. Did you know that they are finding that pain meds create there own form of pain. They don't know why, but it's interesting.
As I've said before....What do they call the guy or gal who finished LAST in med school?............Doctor!
I just turned 50 this year and I get various pains from time to time. It really is never the same from day to day. One day it's a knee. The next time it might be an arm, maybe a shoulder or even my neck. I don't really take any pain medications since they don't really deal with the source, only dulling the symptoms. The only pain medication that I take at all is of the green variety which God grew on this great earth. If I do take the occasional Ibuprofen it works very well since my body has no tolerance. But as I said I rarely take that stuff.

Sometimes I play better with a little pain. It is what it is and it won't stop me from playing disc golf.

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