View Full Version : My brand new physical problem

07-30-2002, 06:24 PM
Well, it's certainly not new but I finally gave in and went to a chiropractor today. I'll meet my Dr. again tomorrow but my initial exam brought up a few problems in my lower back and neck. The x-rays will tell the story. I told her my story and the way I've lived my life since I was a kid. I'm pretty sure she was either shocked or concerned with the abuse I've managed to put myself through. I guess physically I'm giving out. Word on the street is that you aren't supposed to have problems walking and doing normal tasks when you are 31 years old. I guess I have some new challenges ahead and as usual I'll take them head on.

If you say prayers at night keep me in mind, I'd appreciate it.


07-30-2002, 06:56 PM
Hey R.J., doctors often preach doom and gloom. The seem to own the patent on how to scare a patient in five sentences or less.

Hang in there. Maybe things won't be as bad as they initially seem.


07-30-2002, 07:30 PM

Hang in there and be prepared to get AT LEAST two more opinions.

Barbara~~~was thinking of Kato tonight while I was trying to remember how to hold a cue...

07-30-2002, 07:31 PM
RJ, I agree with Fran. Maybe the chiropractor is just trying to justify a lengthy and expensive treatment plan. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion, or a third for that matter. Back problems are tough to deal with, but have patience and a bit of faith and you'll make it through. Good luck!

07-30-2002, 08:00 PM
I'm ok guys. I actually came back to delete that post. I just freaked out and got depressed. I've just got to let the chips fall where they may. Just in case I do have 2 more doctors lined up.


9 Ball Girl
07-30-2002, 10:24 PM
Hey Kato. Thought about you while I was praying to the Pool Gods a couple of hours ago. If and when we meet, I promise to give you a nice back rub. Hang in there buddy. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif

Wendy~~can be motivational--in her own way /ccboard/images/icons/crazy.gif

Voodoo Daddy
07-30-2002, 10:55 PM
Tough stuff lil brother...you gotta get it fixed now or grind through the pain like Voodoo does daily. I got the man in Miami if you need him. Pain isnt an emotion but it can trigger a few...I know...lol. Keep us posted and if your not feeling better by Sept 24 at 9pm...tough, your going...LMFAO!!!

07-30-2002, 11:35 PM
Hang in there buddy. I agree with everyone else and believe a second and third opinion is a good idea. Don't go on what one doctor tells you. Whatever you do and whatever happens, hope you're feeling better soon.

Heide ~ you have to go to the Open, Chris will be expecting your updates!!!

Chris Cass
07-31-2002, 12:45 AM
Hey Kato,

I feel for ya brother but not for the pain your having now. For the pain when Voodoo breaks both of your legs if you don't go to the open. Your going anyway but with two broken legs and in the trunk.


C.C.~~you are too young to have all this pain. Heide and Voodoo both deal with pain I cannot comprehend and yet have compassion for others they like. both are true champions like you. Hang in there Kato, if you need anything, just call.

Rich R.
07-31-2002, 04:28 AM
Kato, I have my share of back problems too. I recommend that, before you get involved with a chiropractor, go to an orthopedic specialist. Hopefully, you will find one that considers surgury a final option. With any luck, and depending on your type of back problem, he will send you for physical therapy for a while and the therapist will give you exercises to do at home every day. With some simple exercises every morning and a bottle of Aleve in my cue case, I don't do too badly. Although surgery may be in my future some day, it won't be this day. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Get it, before it gets you.
Rich R.~~~any day above ground is a good day.

07-31-2002, 06:20 AM
What's all this Non-U.S. Open talk? If you guys remember I was in the hospital with 5 kidney stones on Sept. 11. I was still going to NYC for the Amterdam tourny. You'll have to kill me to keep me out of Virginia. I don't care if they remove my spine.


07-31-2002, 06:24 AM
Good morning:

I remember your hospitalization as clearly as where I was the morning of 9/11 !!!

Dr. D.

07-31-2002, 07:50 AM
Good luck, Kato. One thing I found is that you can't control the outcome of some things, but you can control how you deal with it. The Alcoholics have a good saying- "One day at a time".

Eric >Life's a sh!t sandwich-the more bread you have, the less sh!t you have to eat!

07-31-2002, 08:44 AM
Rich R. nailed it. Read his post carefully. I got my first deteriorated disc in 1987. I think it came from running 20 miles a week. With care and exercises provided by my orthopedic surgeon I got better without surgery. Swimming helped me a lot.

I had another BAAAAD flare-up in 1998. Found out I now have 2 deteriorated disks and 1 herniated in the lower back. After a couple weeks I was able to get back to work and-knock on wood-I'm OK since then.

If you're carrying any extra weight lose it!
Don't let that chiropractor go bangin' around on your neck. You might end up paralyzed. See an orthopedic specialist-or two.

Wally~~doesn't trust chiropractors,

07-31-2002, 09:27 AM
All my discs are good, my alignment is warped. My head is crooked, my neck bends the wrong way, I've got a bunch of nerves that are pinched off. My chiro jumped on me a few times, cracked some stuff, made my bones make a bunch of noises. I feel pretty ok, but I guess there is some work to be done.


07-31-2002, 09:28 AM
You remember that?

Kato~~~really missed most of that day because of massive amounts of drugs.

07-31-2002, 09:34 AM
Good afternoon:

How could I forget?

I remember every minute detail of that day as if it were yesterday! Where I was, WTC 1; what I was wearing; the people I met; the route I took to walk to Penn Station from the WTC; every phone call I received; etc.

Dr. D.

07-31-2002, 09:59 AM
WOW, I only remember kittens on the CAT Scan Room wall and also when that nurse wouldn't let me go to the restroom I told her I was a grown man and if she wouldn't tell me where to go I'd find it myself. Pretty brave words for a guy that couldn't walk. Traumatic experiences make you remember lot's of stuff though.


Rich R.
07-31-2002, 10:07 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Kato:</font><hr> My head is crooked,
Kato <hr></blockquote>
Who would have thunk it????? /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Rich R.~~~not too straight either!

07-31-2002, 10:23 AM

You might try reading a book by Dr. John Sarno (Healing Back Pain). It might give you a different perspective on what ails you. I had horrible back pain with degenerative disks, etc... and I believe this book was instrumental in my getting "back" on my feet. It is certainly worth the $11 to read it...rather than going under the knife, or lengthy/costly chiropractic manipulations.



07-31-2002, 10:25 AM
Good afternoon:

Amen to that statement !!!

Dr. D.

07-31-2002, 10:33 AM
Thanks Doug, I wrote it down, I shall purchase it.


07-31-2002, 11:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Kato:</font><hr> All my discs are good, my alignment is warped. My head is crooked, my neck bends the wrong way, I've got a bunch of nerves that are pinched off. My chiro jumped on me a few times, cracked some stuff, made my bones make a bunch of noises. I feel pretty ok, but I guess there is some work to be done.

i go to the chiro often too. my neck gets out of alighnment and then i cant turn my head and also get horrible headaches. usually one visit to my snap, crackle and pop doc fixes me right up.


Kato <hr></blockquote>