Pinched disc gives you plenty of time for blogs

I’ve had time to play with my blog a lot recently because I’ve been out of action the last couple weeks – I pinched a disc cycling about 2 weeks ago (right at the time of the Garda bike auction actually). It’s pretty amazing, I’ve been playing in front row rugby for 17 years now and I hurt my back for the first time cycling! Amazing, but f#cking annoying!
Initially I thought I had strained or even torn some muscles in the lumbar region because the symptoms were similar to muscle strain – spasms, painful to move, hot to the touch etc. It seized up pretty quick and I wasn’t able to bend at all all.Spine - image from

I don’t remember exactly the time it happened, but it was on my trip back home after going to the Garda Station. The first couple of hours I could feel my back seizing up, and sharp painful spasms. The next day I could hardly get out of bed (worked from home horizontally – don’t tell the boss!). Thankfully it was the weekend then, so with a hack saw and a mop handle I had a useful walking stick to help me get around.

After that weekend I was able to get around pretty ok so I got a lift to work a couple of days and taxies the days I didn’t. Expensive, but better than walking. Being my stubborn self it was only this week that I finally acknowledged that I was not improving at the rate I hoped to be and bit the bullet by going to the doctor.

Doc tells me I’ve pinched a disc and that it should heal up by itself over time. I need to take it easy and won’t be playing rugby anytime soon. I asked about the bike, I should be good to get in and out of work as it’s only a couple of miles each way. Of course I don’t need to get in and out of work today because I seem to have picked up the winter vomiting virus that’s going around. Wonderful. I’ll save that one for another day.


  1. Sorry to hear bout your back, hope you’re better soon.

    The real reason I’m commenting is to let you know that I’ve linked to you from On The Ditch which is a sporting community weblog type thingy (that is it’s official description).
    And that if you ever want to post a story, either linking to this blog or any other, you’d be more than welcome to. End of spamming now, I promise.

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