Possibly silly question?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by takeaction, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Got a question that I actually NEED an answer too... It's a simple question, and probably a silly one, because I'm thinking the answer is an obvious yes, but I have been wrong before, and will be again sometime...

    The question: Does going after the big ones put a lot of strain on the back? As in, do you have to use your back to get them in? how much pressure?

    The reason for the question: I have three compressed discs, L4, L5, S1. Every doctor I've seen, and I've seen many, has told me that it's not going to take much to blow one out completely. L5 is already bulging, so I don't doubt them at all. It's only a matter of time before it happens.

    Right now, all our fishing is out of the Saluda River in the shallows, and we're only catching small fish. And we love it! I'm going to start freezing the bream whole for people to use as cutbait or wholebait on lake greenwood, which is only a very short drive from us. That's if anyone wants them. If not, they will sit in the freezer a really long time. LOL

    Oh, we are also stuck on the bank, so the likelihood of us catching one of the big ones isn't very high anyway. Just a question I have.:smile2:
     
  2. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    fella you must have missed my post yall know why lol it does put strain on your back
     

  3. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Most likely yes I did miss it. :smile2:

    I'm still new and haven't even hit 1/3 of the posts yet. hehe

    Thank you for answering me. Looks like I'll be sticking to the smaller ones for a while. :embarassed:
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they will put a hurt on you. A big fish has a lot of strength, they will put strain on your back anyway you deal with em, whether it's hauling on them or trying to keep your footing on the bank. Be careful...W
     
  5. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    man dude dont do that just get a good rod holder leave your poll in there and fight them biggunns in happy fishing
     
  6. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    Pain, alot of pain.:eek:oooh:
     
  7. TwoDogsBarking

    TwoDogsBarking New Member

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    I have a partial titanium spine and three bulging disc. There is a good amount of pain in landin the big-unz but it is more than worth it....have fun....
     
  8. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    my brother n law tried that when he had a bum arm and it didnt work to well it worked ok till they got big enough that you couldnt winch them in. you might try fighting from your chair :wink: i didnt notice alot of pull on my back with my avitar fish but i also dont have back pain most of the time. a longer pole soaks up alot of the fishes onrey. loosen your reels to match your limit and youl probally still catch um, when i was fighting this fish i turned the drag down from were i had it in the rod holder:cool2:
     
  9. BigOBear

    BigOBear New Member

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    Scar over my L5. We couldn't nail down anything specific that did it. Doc said it could have been as simple as stepping off a curb wrong. But I know that folks will push the limit and find ways to do what they want but also know that when you've felt the pain you'll be wary of the strain.

    One of the biggies I can think of is watch the flop once you land em. Picking up a dead weight is doable with back issues as long as you do it right, but when that weight goes to flopping around, your body reacts and starts tightening, loosening, pulling, twisting muscles to compensate for the sudden weight redistribution. Be as careful as you can bud and enjoy yourself.
     
  10. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    My advice is to get them fixed. You dont want to experience a blown disk. Trust me.
     
  11. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    mr markj what are you doing out of the hi area are you harrassing the normal people over here lol :big_smile:
     
  12. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    fellas there's no such thing as a silly question in fishing or life if you don't know Ask:big_smile:
     
  13. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    If you do hook into a biggun with a injured back, I'm sure there will be enough adrenaline and endorphins shooting through your body that you won't feel any pain.
     
  14. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Wish that were possible. The surgeons say, and I quote, "unrepairable by surgery at this time." I have the actual paperwork sitting here in my disability case file. almost 7 years later, we are still fighting disability.

    Now. Either the surgeons are telling the truth, which I honestly can't believe, or they just don't want to because we have no money and no insurance.:angry:

    Would love to have surgery tomorrow and get it over with! Then maybe I could get back to work, and do something besides sit in this computer chair all day and stare at this screen. LOL

    Fishing has given me something lately, but not catching anything is becoming a constant occurance... Going from 100% boat fishing in Arkansas 10 years ago, to bank fishing here has got me totally confused, and I can't figure out why we're not catching anything... We can catch small bream like mad, but that's not what we want... LOL
     
  15. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I would get another opinion. Seriously.
    I lived through 18 years of excruciating pain that I didnt have to.
    I have some permanent nerve damage as a result.

    The surgery for a bulging L-4 L-5 aint much to it these days. 23 hour hospital stay. 2 weeks out of work depending on the kind of work you do.
    Probally pick it over a root canal.:big_smile:

    I'll put it to you this way. I went into the hospital being carried at 6AM. Went on the table at 8AM. 10:45 I got off a gurney and onto a bed unassisted.
    1PM I was walking to the bathroom unassisted. I wasnt walking at all before.
    Next day I went home and chilled out on the couch. Next day I started walking to the mailbox. Each day there after over the next couple of weeks my morning and evening walks were extended to the point I was taking cross country hikes from one side of the farm to the other and back. Several miles.

    Today, i do over do it sometimes but an 80 pound bag of sakrete hoisted to my shoulder and carried, not much to it. Just a thing.
     
  16. Ahquabi_Master

    Ahquabi_Master New Member

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    Like I always say, it's all in how you use that drag. Turn the drag down for your condition. After that the only thing you're gonna have to worry about is picking the fish up.
     
  17. BigOBear

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    Agree with Mark. I asked a lot of folks about it before I had my surgery. Funny thing is, everyone I asked about it that had not had back problems advised to not have it done. Everyone I talked to that had trouble and surgery said it was the best decision they ever made. I was stationed in NE at the time. It got to the point where my wife was having to put my combat boots on each morning. That's when I started pressing for the surgery.

    Just like Mark, I still over do it now and again, but I'm a lot more careful with it now. Can tote a lot of weight as long as it is on my shoulder inline with my body. It's that leaning over unsupported for extended periods of time (like washing dishes :eek:oooh:) or awkward sleeping situations (twin sized thin air mattress on the ground) that gets me most of the time.
     
  18. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    takeaction, I can sympathize with you. I have had a bulging L5 for the last 15 years. Most of the time it's not a problem, but there are some days I can't even feel my left leg. Therapy is pretty good, unless I do something stupid again :embarassed::confused2::sad2:. Hope everything works out for you.

    P.S. - There is no such thing as a stupid question on here. That's the whole point - ask and get educated. And by the way , welcome to the BOC!
     
  19. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I had a blown disk with 3 floating fragments taken out in june...I caught a 55-lb flathead in August...The fight did not bother me, picking up the fish for a picture did:crazy:
     
  20. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Thank you all. :big_smile:

    Mark, we plan on getting another opinion, but somehow have to come up with the money to do so. We've talked to several surgeons, and all of them want money BEFORE doing the consult.

    We found a spine specialist that says he can most likely fix it WITHOUT surgery, but we need tests for him to say yes/no as a definite answer. He is known throughout the country as one of the best spinal specialists, and took me on free. He even cut the costs of the tests tremendously, but with Karen being the only one working, even that price is still too high. Every single day, we hope to hear from the lawyer, but everyday, there is no new word. We haven't given up yet though. :big_smile: