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    Well I guess the DOC really is in now...
    A good wide gun belt can actually help your back and give it extra support. I would recommend a carry position other than 3 or 9 o clock, as you are putting all the weight on one side. I would rec 430 or 5 oclock, or shoulder if possible.
    And of course, find a good chiropractor to help you with your problems, unfortunately, I am to far away, but I do know of some guys in Florida that are good, depending on your area.
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    As a guy with 4 collapsed and 2 herniated disks I know all about back pain. I now swallow enough pain killers to knock most people out, I get shots in the back to ease the problem (steroids) but they only help for 5-6 weeks but during that time I can at least back off the pills and give my stomach a rest.
    Now about the CCW I carry a full sized HK USP .45 and there was a time when I could not even bear the weight of a simple pair of sweats. Now however I carry pancake on the belt this puts the weight on the hips and not the spine, this helps for those long days.
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    Hey RdRace, having been run over from behind while on my scooter I know the pain. The Harley has been rebuilt but the Doc's say that the back pain is due to Spondolylosis. If your still in pain and they havent diagnosised a specific problem, I'd suggest consulting with a specialist, as most Docs miss it.

    As to the back pain, Doc says it will last a life time and that the only thing I should not do is bend over backwards alot, seems that the three common causes for this type of injury are gymnastics, diving (water) and motorcyclist getting hit from behind.

    The only carry rig he suggest not to use is a shoulder hoslter (which I ignore occasionally) and he suggested that I NOT carry my wallets in my back pockets. Seem that shoulder rigs and wallets in back pockets are not good on the lower back alignment.

    Good luck bro.
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    Thanks for the help everyone. My chiropractor has me on a stretching/excercise regimen that is helping out a bit. Im going to carry regardless of my physical state though. I guess ill just have to wait and see, but it seems like the general consensus is that a good holster and gunbelt will do the trick.

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    I switched out my tri-fold wallet years ago in favor of a credit card holder. The whole thing is maybe 3/8" thick and holds DL, carry permit, cash and the few other cards I need. It's small enough to disappear in either my back or front pocket and much easier on spinal alignment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3
    I switched out my tri-fold wallet years ago in favor of a credit card holder. The whole thing is maybe 3/8" thick and holds DL, carry permit, cash and the few other cards I need. It's small enough to disappear in either my back or front pocket and much easier on spinal alignment.
    Jack

    Thats basically what i carry i drive all day so no wide wallets...

    It goes in front right pocket gun hangs on left side

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    3 herniated disks in my neck along with a bone spur in the neck, plus a partially degenerated left hip dictate that I have to carry lightweight guns. I cannot carry heavy steel guns. So it's a scandium SW 1911, or a polymer HK USP that I carry.
    I'm finding out however that I just cannot carry on the shoulder anymore without the upper neck and shoulder killing me. Whether it's a vest, jacket like Coronado, or shoulder holster, it just hurts too much. So I bought a CTAC holster from comp-tac.com tonight for my 1911. I think I'll hold up fine carrying on the belt, and the CTAC is tuckable. I got the slide model, which fits any size 1911.
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    I carry the credit card holder too, but dang Uncle Sam thinks the bigger the creds the better. Sure hope we get rid of the 3"x5" case this spring infavor of a smaller one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RdRaceWannabe
    Thanks for the help everyone. My chiropractor has me on a stretching/excercise regimen that is helping out a bit. Im going to carry regardless of my physical state though. I guess ill just have to wait and see, but it seems like the general consensus is that a good holster and gunbelt will do the trick.
    Caution!! although the stretching and exercise are definatley great ideas do not at any time allow the chiropractor to adjust your back before you go to a spealist. X rays do not show the whole picture only a MRI will do that. Over the years I have heard more horror stories of messed up spines from adjustment's.
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    My back is slowly being eaten up by acute arthritis, so I feel your pain - really. I have found that the best remedy for me is to keep the load balanced. 45 on one side - 2 mags on the other. That goes for on the belt or shoulder holster. If I don't carry the extra mags, it pulls me to one side, and after a few hours, the pain starts in again. I also agree about the wallet. When I'm driving, I always put the wallet somewhere else. That avoids sitting on a lump all day. It also gives you an excuse to not pay for lunch - hey, I left my wallet in the truck! Well, that only works the first few times.

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    I had scoliosis surgery when I was 12, so my spine has been fused. If I get back pain, most of the time it's because I slept in a bad position. A memory foam mattress and pillow helped solved that, but sometimes I still get nasty upper back pain from doing activities, and then it's hard to turn my head.

    My bellyband holster distributes weight really well, so the weight of the gun has not been a problem. If I've got the gun positioned too high (I carry in the 3-4 o'clock position), I can get backaches (the bottom three vertebrae were not fused), because the bad position impairs proper movement.
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    horror story

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J
    Caution!! although the stretching and exercise are definatley great ideas do not at any time allow the chiropractor to adjust your back before you go to a spealist. X rays do not show the whole picture only a MRI will do that. Over the years I have heard more horror stories of messed up spines from adjustment's.
    well as a chiropractor, I can tell you personally of thousands of successful patients stories. And if you want to hear horror stories, then we should talk about failed surgeries. xrays do not show the whole picture, but a good chiropractor will order an MRI when necessary. If a chiropractor isn't a spine specialist, then who is? I will put my diagnostic skill on MRI, xray, and musculo-skeletal abnormalities up against any other profession out there.
    SO CAUTION to people who talk negatively about a profession opinion on heresay. I have heard alot of stories, but only a few are fact.
    it amazes me that people would rather see a specialist for more drugs and surgery, and not try a non invasive approach first.
    I apologize if you have/or know someone who has had a bad experience with a chiropractor, but do not fault chiropractic for that.
    I am an outstanding doctor, and chiropractic is the method I use to get people healthy.
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    Im all for any non invasive stuff especially on my back

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    I have often wondered whether back pain from carrying is a result of:
    a) the weight,
    b) the pressure from a "cinched up" belt, or
    c) the imbalance.

    Not having medical expertise, I'd guess that the correct answer is d) all of the above. But...I'd think that the imbalance would be the biggest culprit. I wonder if maybe we should add weight to the belt on the light side to keep from applying an assymetric load to our spines. Any thoughts on this, anyone?

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    Want to talk about invasive? You should hear the surgery that my neurosurgeon wanted to perform on me to take away my back pain.

    Basically, they cut you open from both sides, deflate both your lungs, and put you on a lung machine.

    They have to take out a rib to get to my spine, then they fix the damaged place there. After they fix it, they put a titanium cage around the two damaged places.

    Put it back on, reinflate me, and sew me back up.

    Im on a respirator for 2-4 days, an upper body brace for six weeks, and a lot of pain for a long time.

    Oh, did I mention its a 22 percent fatality rate with that surgery?

    Fun, eh?

    I decided physical therapy and a personal trainer is the better option.
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