Facet joint arthritis

kingrollo

Veteran
Been diagnosed with a bulging disc and facet joint arthritis - according to images it is very mild and the consultant still considers my back normal for a 55 year old.
I have this problem since my 20's - I usually respond well to a steroid injection but this time the relief from the the jab only lasted a few weeks.

Although cycling is recommended for arthritis - is seems spinal arthritis for cycling is a bigger challenge than arthritis in the knees - I can get by with a combination of naproxen and co-codamol - not ideal - I do regular yoga and Pilates - in most cases this helps - but still doesn't make me pain free enough to get on my bike.

Any experience - suggestions ?
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
You tried a turbo, or changing bikes.

Road bike geometry and the 'shocks' aren't good for my back pain, but my issue is half a vertebrae missing following a snapped spine. I still have to ensure i move alot.

Ive found a full sus mtb ideal.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Hydrotherapy. My local hydro pool offers sessions at £15 a time. I find exercising in the warm water beneficial

Add swimming too?

Also sports massage.
Stretching daily rather than just ‘regularly’?
 

DCBassman

Veteran
Location
Tavistock
My spine is fused at L3/4/5, and the rest is basically made of cheese. Didn't have any particular trouble on a road bike, but wow, getting back on the old mtb with 1.95" slicks, just so much better. Definitely made the ever-present aches and pains easier. Meds: diclofenac (voltarol) 75mg sustained release morning and evening ,plus paracetamol as needed. Codeine too constipating for regular use, but YMMV...
 
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kingrollo

kingrollo

Veteran
Its so unpredictable. Last friday I felt a niggle coming on - a couple of stints with a hot water bottle. It seemed to settle pretty well. On Sunday I ha a club run lined up - so took a naproxen in the morning, went out with a heat pack stuck to my back. No problems on the ride, got home did post ride stretching - Monday Great - Pilates on Monday - still no pain - Yoga on Tuesday - still no pain - Weds cycled to work mtb - still good - thursday cycled to work - got a niggle - heat-packs made it bearable - Friday pain worse - Naproxen not touching it - just tried a couple of co codamol........waiting...

Just started using MTB for work - main cycling is road cycling. - used to have recumbent for a hamstring problem, not sure it would help because the leaning forward actually opens up the facet joints- and a couple of physios have said the position on a road bike is more likley to be comfortable. (Have had pro bike fits)

I know if I take the meds every few hours - this will calm down in a couple of days. But should against all advise adopt a less active lifestyle, that seems like the only way I can live pain free - but the indication that cycling makes my back worse in inconclusive - sometimes I go out with a slight niggle and come back pain free....
 
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kingrollo

kingrollo

Veteran
@kingrollo
Given your albeit borderline high BP, you should discuss using naproxen with your GP or pharmacist

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/naproxen/
Yeah - even though it was the GP that prescribed it ! - it perhaps might explain my high Sunday BP readings - problem is it is another 'fix' that I won't be able to use. Every solution seems to cause another problem !
 
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kingrollo

kingrollo

Veteran
[QUOTE 5545355, member: 9609"]A wild statement from someone with no medical knowledge
I think this would only work in the short term, you may just get weaker until you reached the point where your muscles were less able to support you even whilst being sedentary, then you may have the pain when doing nowt.. I believe modern thinking is to be stronger not weaker - but of course that is easier said than done - you need to target the right muscles and get your posture right. This is a subject where you need proper clinical advice from someone who has many years of training and experience.[/QUOTE]

I suppose there is someone out there who would have a fix.
But I am at the stage now, where what those people with many years of training and experience have suggested/tried hasnt worked.
 
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