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Old 12-01-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Need help with back issue

I was fitted to my bike with the BG fit this year in July. The technician put shims under my right cleat since my right leg is 3/8-inches shorter than my left. Prior to the new fit, I was pain free for 2 years. After the fit, my average speed had increased so it did make a difference. I have been back to the LBS for minor fit adjustments. However, I developed debilitating back pain after long rides (>50 miles). It's not the lower back muscles but concentrated to the spine right about my tail bone. It feels like my hips can't support my weight and, ocassionally, I get siatica on both legs. The pain lasts for about 2-3 days and comes back after a long ride. The technician thinks I need a shorter stem but I don't think the stem is the cause. 1600mg ibuprofen is not doing anything to help. Any thoughts out here? Thanks in advance



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Old 12-02-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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Wow, that's not good. I hope you can get it addressed. It sounds like you're potentially courting major injury. Do you stretch after you ride? Are you keeping at it on the bike in spite of the pain? That's a huge amount of ibuprofen to be taking with any regularity. Best of luck in getting it figured out.



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Old 12-02-2012, 06:46 PM   #3
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See a sports medicine specialist, preferably one that understands cycling. And go barefoot more.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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What Hack said. Get checked and then let us know what your doc says!

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For what it's worth, that sounds a bit like my knee injury, where the swelling and inflammation made it feel like my knee couldn't support my weight. But that's not something you'll want strangers on the internet to diagnose. So I stand by my original post.

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What Hack and Integrate said. Cycling isn't supposed to hurt, well it does sometimes, but not like that. Find a sports med doc and find out what's wrong. Catch it now and it's probably something that can be fixed and corrected. Keep us posted. That much ibuprofen isn't good for ya.

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Thanks to all of you for the info/advice. I realize that it's a back problem but I believe that it's brought on by the bike fit. I was concerned that the lower back issue and siatica didn't appear until after the fit. It's a totally new issue on my part. I'm old (56) but in excellent health; 12-13% body fat, low cholesterol, low triglyceride level, blood pressure (128/70), and resting pulse of 50 bpm. I see my doctor tomorrow, Tuesday.

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Very nice. Have him test your glute max and medius function. Could be a factor of the sciatic issue. If these two muscles are weak, the piriformis may tighten in turn impinging the sciatic nerve.

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Here is the latest on my back issue. I saw my GP who prescribed pain killers & muscle relaxants. He wanted a MRI done and he submitted it for authorization. My HMO will get back to my doctor in about 2 weeks with either an approve/disapprove on the MRI. My GP also will refer me to see a back specialist ONLY after the MRI. So, it seems that I am in a holding pattern. The GP didn't tell me stop riding so that's good (I guess).

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:51 PM   #10
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Well, here's my latest update. My HMO authorized the MRI which I had done last week Fri. My GP will get the report sometime this week. I'm still chowing down on the pain killers and muscle relaxants which aren't doing anything in relieving my back pain or sciatica. I havent been on my bike for a week and my issue hasn't improved. I won't be referred to a specialist until my GP gets the MRI report.



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