January 15th, 2013 10:04 AM
UPDATE Hanging up my guns
Just thought I'd give an update on the following thread.
Hanging up my guns
Last Monday I went in for MRI's on the lower back and the right hip. Received a letter in the mail on Thursday stating the MRI results were in and abnormal. Called the doctors office, but they wouldn't tell me anything on the phone. Set up an appointment for this morning to get the results. The good news is I will live. The bad news is a herniated disk in the lower back and arthritis in the right hip. So back to the waiting game again. Calling this morning to set up a consultation appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon to discuss options.
With the problems being on my strong side, wearing IWB is not going to work, since it puts pressure on the hip. I've been able to carry OWB without problems. Right now I have 1 rig I can wear, but I always like a second choice, so I guess a trip to the gun store is in sight, for another OWB holster for my revolver.
Getting old really does suck....not near as bad as the alternative, but sucks all the same.
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January 15th, 2013 10:18 AM
Ugh, sorry to hear about your MRI results. However, a trip to the gun store is always fun!
I have 2 sisters and a Mother that have all had back surgery with very good results!
January 15th, 2013 10:24 AM
Sorry the news wasn't better for you, but glad it wasn't worse. Thanks for the update.
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January 15th, 2013 10:38 AM
UPDATE Hanging up my guns
Sorry to hear that. I have had 2 surgeries on my lower back because if herniated discs, and have arthritis in my right hip from fracturing my pelvis and hip socket. After recovery and physical therapy I am doing very well, i do P90X and can run 3 miles. Most importantly i am carrying IWB on that side again. I hope you recover as well or better. Just wanted to give you a positive story, when I was going through mine all I heard was negative stories.
January 15th, 2013 10:42 AM
Well, I'm very sorry to hear that my friend, but let me assure you that you are to alone and I feel your pain. As of nine months ago I too was diagnosed with two bulging disc in my lower back. My L4 and L5 disc are shot and for the last few months I have been going to therapy and trying to fix the issue without the surgical solution. Fact is, it doesn't appear to be working for me. So, I too am in kind of a limbo stance of what the next recourse should be. I can wear OWB with my Glock26 and 19, XDS and my Sig P938, but that's about it. I have started using my shoulder rigs more and more they seem to help out pretty well.. Anyway, I hope you are able to find relief and I for one know the pain you're going through. There are times when I can hardly walk with no firearm on at all and my disc are repairable with minor surgery and or therapy, being that hey are bulging and not herniated. Best of luck to you. If you haven't already tried it. Check out a decent shoulder rig and see if that'll work for ya, it did for me.
Originally Posted by archer51
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January 15th, 2013 11:18 AM
"The bad news is a herniated disk in the lower back and arthritis in the right hip."
That's only the start of my issues, so I feel your pain. Fortunately you can still OC (not so in FL), but a good pancake holster and untucked shirt will conceal well.
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January 15th, 2013 11:50 AM
My Mom was 89 when she had 3 Vertebroplasties for degenerative disc disease. The next morning after the surgery she was up running around her room...didn't even need any physical therapy.
If you're a candidate for that procedure I really urge you to have it done. It's not very invasive and the results are amazing.
She had it done by a Neurosurgeon.
January 15th, 2013 12:46 PM
My world and welcome to it!
I am really sorry to hear it, arch. Wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Just so you don't feel like the Lone Archer, I too am awaiting MRI's and resulst. Tomorrow 6:30pm. Have already had one discectomy/lamonectomy (l4/l5) for nauseating pain down my right leg. Now, pain down left sciatica and a numb left foot. weeeee!
I know its not for everyone, but after my surgury is when I discoverd aiwb carry. Never gone back.
Also, arch, make sure you also get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon as well as your ortho. Frakkin' around the cns, I decided to stick w folks who specialize in the spine as it pertains to nerves as well as structure.
Please keep us informed of your progress!
January 15th, 2013 04:14 PM
tried cross-draw or a shoulder holster?
Originally Posted by archer51
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
January 15th, 2013 04:17 PM
I see what you may mean by hanging up! Sorry for the age aches brother. Hope that everything goes well and you are back to normal. Best of luck, and enjoy the trip to the LGS.
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January 15th, 2013 05:07 PM
Sorry to hear the news but enjoy the gun porn and check out the old style tank shoulder holster and T shirts 2 sizes to big. I will keep you in my prayers.
January 15th, 2013 05:18 PM
Sorry to hear about your problems. Pain REALLY SUCKS, huh?
I have some of the same problems... (had 2 nasty surgeries on back already).
I find a really GOOD quality shoulder holster works best for me. Keeps the bulk off my hip and hugs tight under my arm.
It is harder to hide under garments, especially in the summer time... but heck... everything worthwhile comes with at least some resistance.
Using a smaller firearm may help as well. There are some really good ones out there that have lighter materials and smaller frames.
Don't give up... and NEVER, EVER give up the fight. One never knows when one will need an edge in a confrontation.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the movie "A.V.P.' (Aliens vs Predators). One of the ladies was asked why she brought firearms on the expedition... "are you expecting trouble?" She answered "I'd rather have it and not need it... than to need it and not have it."
Yepper. That's me.
January 15th, 2013 05:21 PM
Hey Shadowwalker... where'd you get that name? I used that name for many years in political forums and on a national blog that I wrote.
I still like it.
January 15th, 2013 05:22 PM
I am sorry to hear of your physical problems...seems like everyone has something. I can't speak to the back, but I did just get a new hip, and I'm liking it. I shouldn't have waited to get it done.
Jump in and get them fixed ASAP. It is pretty amazing what doctors can do now days.
Would a fanny pack work for you?
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January 15th, 2013 06:24 PM
Like some of the others said, back surgery now and back surgery even five years ago are two different animals!
Hang in there!
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