Worst day of my life...

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  1. Jeff Merr

    Jeff Merr Elite Member

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    Some of you may remember I have been dealing with some back issues for quite some time. I made a couple posts on it the past couple years. Well to make a long story short I finally shelled out the $1,125.00 and paid for an MRI because Kaiser is to fucking stupid to give me one after 4 years of constantly seeing them for back pain. Got the results and took it to my sports spinal care physician who I also pay out of pocket for.

    He said that I have degenerative disc disease, a bulging disc, a ventrical or something that is being closed off, also causing the other side to be open to much. He said that I have the back of a 65 year old. He pretty much boiled it down for me and said that I won't ever be squatting again, and my heavy lifting days are pretty much over. My disc is gone and it's bone on bone, he said that I would need treatment most likely for the rest of my life and will have pain for the rest of my life because of this. It's still sinking in and pretty depressing, especially considering I was so close to squatting 500 after years and years of training. Anyways, just kind of a rant I guess there's not a lot of people I know who understand how depressing it is to be told that my days of heavy lifting are over.

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    keep in mind that plenty of people have been told by top level sports physicians that they'll never do this or that again.. and then they do it and do it better than they ever have.
     
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    there is some article on elite about jim hoskinson....i shall look for it
     
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    Jim Hoskinson’s story is amazing. It’s akin to something you would read in some motivational book or something that would air on a Dateline NBC. It’s these kinds of stories that keep you positive and let you know that good things really do happen to good people.

    Several years ago, Jim was working for a Christian power team, performing various feats of strength and helping to preach the word of God. While performing in Alabama, Jim tore both quads and ruptured his patella tendons. Being in a rural part of Alabama, Jim took a 2 hour ambulance ride to the nearest hospital that could treat his injuries. As he arrived in the Emergency Room, a young man who was in a motorcycle accident arrived as he did and received immediate attention. Jim stayed in the hospital for over 13 hours with no pain medication. It was over 28 hours until he would enter surgery. The diagnosis was not good.

    Needless to say, Jim was devastated. The doctors gave him little chance to walk again, let alone being able to lift. Being confined to a wheel chair and wearing leg braces only motivated him more. This is where powerlifting came in.

    Jim had competed once before in powerlifting, but really had no idea about the sport. He entered his first meet years before on a whim and did ok. Now he was prepared to go at it full steam. But not as a bench specialist – he wanted to squat and pull.

    One of the first things that Jim did was call Louie Simmons. He told Lou about his situation, but failed to mention the exact extent of his situation; namely that he could barely even move. Lou told him that sled dragging every other day would do wonders for his rehab. Jim asked him if he would get results from dragging the sled every day for a mile. “It will either heal you or kill you.” Jim chose for it to heal him.

    Lou told him in passing that box jumps also helped some people increase their deadlift; obviously not directed at Jim. But that didn’t stop Jim. For three weeks Jim tried desperately to jump on to a 2x4. Yes, a 2x4. After many falls and near accidents, Jim finally did it. This was the turning point for him. All of his friends were there and both he and his wife were almost in tears.

    Once he began walking, Jim took to the sled. He dragged the sled for one mile every single day! Forwards and backwards, Jim worked up to 3-4 plates on the sled. He would train his mind to deal with the pain.
     
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    couple things:

    sorry to hear about your condition, i wish you the best of luck to pull through it

    kaiser fucking blows, fuck them. they are so shitty words can not describe it.

    on your condition: did you do something to cause it or were you born with it?
     
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    I wish you the best man.....I am recovering from back surgery....I think your mind is the key......
     
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    yea...best of luck bro...
     
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    good luck man.
     
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    sorry to hear
     
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    Yea i understand where you're coming from, but my disc is basically gone, so I don't think I will be doing anything better than I ever have. I appreciate the support though, trying to keep my head up.
     
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    My sports doc, who I trust with anything, said that it's basically years and years of degenerating disc disease going untreated. I have had back pain for 4 years, and for 4 years I have been lifting as heavy as I can, squatting as heavy as I can week after week after week. The past few months the pain had increased greatly which caused me to finally pay out for the MRI. He said my disc was basically worn down over time because my disc condition was unknown.
     
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    so had you two known about the condition it could have been treated? :eek3:
     
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    Exactly, meaning there is a legal issue here. I had visited my Kaiser doc at least 4 or 5 times over the years and every time it was the same response. "I'll prescribe you this, lay off for a few weeks and you'll feel better", so eventually I stopped going and just dealt with the pain. Had he requested an MRI after the 2nd time or so that I came in telling him I have the same pain, this could all have been prevented.

    Day to day it hurts all day long. The worst is when I am sitting, like in class or at work, it is like a sharp pain going up my left side. What made me get the MRI is that it had gotten to the point where I would squat and then the next day couldn't tie my shoe without lying on my back and pulling my leg to my chest.

    I did get some crappy muscle relaxer but It doesn't do anything. I have to schedule another appointment with my medical doctor, as he didn't even call me in for an appointment after the MRI was done. Gotta love Kaiser.
     
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    enjoy the 80s
     
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    I'd sue...thats a pretty shitty doctor...
     
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    I wish you the best of luck. And more importantly, the strength to get back on the horse. Get well.
     
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    Ouch. Good luck with everything
     
  18. Werd @ fuck Kaiser, the are bastards.

    Shitty situation you're in, hopefully your treatments go well.
     
  19. Idea of Evil

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    SORRY TO HEAR BRO
     
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    Merr.....I am not sure there is a legal case, but it is worth the pursuit.....See if you can find a good neurosurgeon and if you are a candidate for a birdcage fusion of your disc that is worn completely out.....

    Start walking 3 times a day for 10 minutes while at work.....Get a note from a doc if you need too and see if you can get a spinal decompression device like an inversion table.....Do all that you can.....Are lunges easier on your back than squatting....
     
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    Back pain from an injury here and there is awful, I cannot imagine suffering from that every day. I hope you get good treatment and wish you the best of luck in becoming a success story. Don't let the disease define you and you can overcome it.
     
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    Sorry to hear and good luck Jeff.
     
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    hope it really isn't as bad as it sounds bro
     
  25. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    Sorry to hear about that man. :(
     
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