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    An_189709 posted:
    My husband has suffered from back pain for over a year now & recently had a MRI done. He found out that he has a herniated disc, a slipped disc, and a ruptured disc - he thinks he will still be able to water ski this summer! Isn't this a bad idea? He doesn't think it will hurt his back - I think it will. Who's right!!
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    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello.

    "Herniated", "Slipped" and "Ruptured" all are terms used pretty much interchangeably to describe the damage to a spinal disc. Here is link to an article that explains this: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/whats-a-herniated-disc-pinched-nerve-bulging-disc

    What type of doctor diagnosed your husband's condition? He really needs to see a spine specialist such as a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for an accurate evaluation and effective treatment plan.

    I would think that this type of activity could cause more spinal damage and pain. His current doctor and a spine specialist can provide some good guidance.
    Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story. Blessings, -Dave
     
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    dianer01 responded:
    I think if he has been in pain for a year now I would be dragging him to the doctor for a real heart-to-heart before he goes out on the water again. The questions I would be asking is:

    Could he be making the situation worse?

    Are there exercises/PT he could be doing to strengthen his spine to help protect it from more damage?

    Is his disability insurance paid up?

    I am not a medical professional but this does not sound like the best choice he could be making until he understands what is causing his pain and is there anything he could be doing to relieve the pain or improve the situation.
     
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    Nomaan Ashraf, MD, MBA responded:
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    as Dave mentioned herniated disc, slipped disc, and ruptured disc are all interchangeable terms for the same thing. While water skiiing may prove to be painful there is no scientific evidence that would show that water skiing is any more likely to cause him to have any problems than any other activity. That being said he should let his level of pain dictate what he does and if he feels discomfort water skiing he should avoid it. But if he doesn't have any issues while he water ski's there is no real scientific basis for telling him not to do so.
     
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    Marciaan responded:
    GO FOR IT BUT, BE READY TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENSES.


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