ATTENTION: You are viewing a page formatted for mobile devices; to view the full web page, click HERE.

Main Area and Open Discussion > Living Room

did you ever throw your back out?

<< < (2/4) > >>

@Nosh, I must say you obviously have tried more than your fair share of pain.

@Diva, I am pleased to know it usually was fixed in a week or two. But "several times"?


Of course I should have been cured in a couple of weeks. However, you can shoot yourself (or your employees) in the foot, and sometimes bad luck just comes bundled! There was no phone or transport vehicle (the bus only went during rush-hours), so I simply had to WALK more than 2 miles to 1'st train station > 2'nd train to the central station > change to bus heading home. All this in great and growing pains > I still cannot remember the last half hour. Almost at home, rejected by hospital (on neighbour's phone): "we don't trust you; why didn't you phone from the station?", and I didn't know why! Then my local doctor was not available > replacement doctor says "You've made it this far, it can't be too serious. Anyway, I don't know you, you must come here!". At this stage I was crawling, and it was too late for a "normal" recovery process. Normally I am able to whine or shout, but I was apathetic so I didn't. Instead I shot yet another hole in my foot, so to speak.

Furthermore, they didn't discover until several years later that my legs were of uneven lengths
- but that's another and quite positive story!

@Diva, I am pleased to know it usually was fixed in a week or two. But "several times"?
-Curt (July 26, 2013, 05:10 PM)
--- End quote ---
Yes, Curt, but that was "several times" over a period of many years. (I'm not in my late 20s any more  :) )

I'm very surprised by your account of your (mis)treatment.  I've long believed that the health care system in most European countries is better than in the United States, but your account is making me re-think my belief.

For general treatments and first aid the US healthcare system cannot match (if you take the costs into account).

Specialist treatment costs a fortune on both sides of the ocean, but it appears to me that (only) after the money is transferred, US doctors want to do their job and show that they can do what they do in better, more successful ways.

One thing is the same on both sides, don't expect the best attention if you need insurance to pay for the medical bill.

That was one thing from the army doctors...they do know about back pain, where to look for adequate solutions and do that fast. I was in literally in the last group of people that still had to serve in the Dutch military for 12 months and when I left there were only two more drafters left in all of the southern regiments combined.


I literally threw my back out 10 pin bowling.  I went with 2 friends from work.  I was first up. On the very first ball I thew a strike and I got this really nasty ache in my back.  Not cool to quit and go home on the first ball. So I finished out the string.  Turns out one of the fellows was a league bowler.  He had the glove, the hook spin etc.. In fact every time he rolled this popping noise was produced as his thumb was released from the hole in the ball.  After 6 consecutive strikes he felt pity for us and chucked every subsequent ball into the gutter (or "channel" as educated people my call it.)  Invariably this gutter ball was followed by an exclamation of "aw shucks." I don't know how many hours he practiced a day but it seems the repetition succeeded.  :)


  Well let's see now, after 12 back surgeries and my back is still "out"......


[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

[*] Previous page

Go to full version