It has been 2 years with back pain from a horse accident. In that two years i have traveled all of california looking for doctors. Missed almost all of my school year. Have had my legs give out on me 37 times with leg numbness all the time. Stopped riding horses and all activities. Pilates, PT, accupunture, water therapy, personal trainers. I am almost about to give up on trying to find help. I dont know what to do anymore. Yesterday i started riding again but with severe back pain and leg nerve pain but i dont care, i love to ride and jump and run. I need help.
Graciebell- Do not give up on your body. I too had to stop what I loved doing, dancing. But I know if I give my body time to heal and gain strength I will dance again one day. Do not push your body. Let it heal and find the right help/ keep looking. Do not give up.
Graciebell, have you been seen by a neurologist or pain specialist? If your legs are giving away under you then there's got to be a cause. Many times pain specialists see issues through their radiology machines that don't show up on MRIs & x-rays. And many times they provide good pain relief.
I've had so many injuries to my spine, starting with a fall from a high slide in 5th grade, multiple car accidents, and slipping on a wet floor twice, and I'm now 54. Spine injury for me has become a lifelong chronic pain issue. I have had neck surgery twice and I'm facing a third surgery. But unlike decades ago, many spine docs don't like to do surgery because they have found it weakens the areas above & below the surgery site. Many will not do surgery until there's a risk to the spinal cord (like mine) or permanent nerve damage. If you see a surgeon make sure you feel comfortable and trust them; if not get a second opinion o on their recommendation by another doc. I found through the decades of my life that the key to less spine pain & muscle spasms, it was necessary to strengthen the muscles in my back and abdomen. Other than occasional spasms, or lockdown of my spine for several days, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted like hiking in the mountain trails or lifting 50-60 lb boxes at my job. All that came to a screeching halt with my abdominal mass surgery in 2010. I started having issues in 2007 of muscle pain, which turned out to be fibromyalgia (dx 2012), and was brought on by the inflammation from the mass my body was fighting. I've been on a down hill train ride with my health since, with so many new dx I've lost count. But I still try to do light exercises for my back & abdominal muscles, and I try to walk every day on the treadmill (5-7 days). It's proven fact if you lose core muscle strength (front & side abdominals) it will weaken your back muscles. And for those of us with chronic back issues, that truly affects the pain levels.
I would guess riding your horse would help strengthen these muscles and in turn help your back, simply by keeping good posture. Have you considered wearing some type of brace on your back while riding, for extra support? Is there a difference in how a standard saddle verses an English saddle suits; how it affects legs & back? Is it possible you could add additional padding to the saddle or under it, to help cushion any spine jarring? Do you ride on hard surfaces like roads, or in grassy areas or sand? Where you ride might also affect the amount of jarring to your spine. Learn your body signals, to know when to stop your ride so that you don't hurt worse. Learn to pace your activities with rest periods in between. And on good days be sure to not overdo it, while you enjoy activities. You do not have to stop living. You just have to learn different ways to cope with the pain after activities. Don't give up living what you do. There are several others in the community who ride/rode horse, and sure they probably have suggestions for you. Hugs & prayers you find a doctor to help with the pain, and you find your best way of coping with it without letting it control your life! 🙂💕🌼🙏
Flappsy, riding Western and English are VERY different. You do make a good point though. There are special braces made for riding and there are gel pads you can use under the saddle that helps both the horse and rider. There are also saddle covers (like lambs wool) that help with impact as well as therapeutic saddles that help both horse and rider. As someone who has ridden since the age of 7 and owned my own horses, I can say that where you ride also has an impact on your spine. If the terrains has a lot of hills and downed trees or logs that you need to jump over, that adds to the stress on your body. If you're riding in a grassy field or a softer trail through the woods, it is less jarring as well. People don't realize how many different muscle groups are used and strained in riding. Some horses require a tremendous amount of leg to keep them moving, it's tiring. If you're into jumping, that's just jarring in itself. Horses are something I will never eliminate from my life. They are the one thing that brings me true peace and brings me to a completely different state of consciousness. They touch my very soul. Hope everyone is having a blessed day.💕🙏🏻🌻😊
Gracie my brother had a bulging disc that pressed on nerves. One leg was completely numb and his back was severe pain all the time. He was like that for 9 months. He eventually found a surgeon that used a new technique to shave the disc and untrapped the nerve. The incision so small he didn't need stitches and the pain and numbness gone immediately. It's been a month since then and some of the pain has returned but he is still a whole lot better. Just something to keep in mind 😀
Thank you everyone 💚💙💛! New update on my back is that i now travel 4 hours to have pressure therapy, i also work out at in shape everyday. I have a brace for riding but find it too hard to ride in it limits my mobility when riding. I have stopped jumping and switched to western and trail trials which i love but it still bothers my back but i dont care anymore, almost getting used to it. But now starting school is hard because a lot of back pain limits me at school. I go to an ag school where we work with animals and tractors and lifting and bending. I spend almost all day on my inversion table and now with school i cant but i do lay on the floor a lot😊. Thank you again for everything you have said.