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Trapped nerve/nerve damage, but want to ski with my kids this season.

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Mid year I had a groin hernia op, which took some recovering from. Whether it is related or not, I have some nerve damage or a trapped nerve in my lower back that gives me cold, itchy, or sore feelings around the top of my left leg, the small or my back, and also in my buttocks/bum area. I end up with it most of the day to be honest, and after having scans, blood tests and a good few consultations,the GPs and specialists have said there's nothing sinister or anything, but that I likely have a trapped nerve in my lower back or my perineum.

I want to go ski-ing with my kids, after all I have all the kit, plus winter tyres for the car. Plus my kids dont go back to school till the second week in Jan, so it is an ideal time to go.My GP says as there is nothing physically wrong with me, and I am active, that I should live with it until I can have these injections in January, I am seeing a chiropractor who has given me tips on posture and sorted out a twist in my pelvis, I am on a low dose of nerve tablets.

Just wondering if others out there have nerve pain/discomfort yet still ski?

I plan only to do gentle stuff, but I also have a long drive to do to do this (if there is any snow!!!!!)
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hello Sollophonic,
I've had similar nerve problems for 25 years or so.
pain lower right back, referred pain right bum-cheek, right leg and sometimes right foot.
sometimes no, or very little pain, however.
certain circumstances stand out to me with regard to cause and effect in my case-
driving- very very bad!!!, skiing pretty good!!!
so in my experience don't drive to your ski resort, but do go somehow and ski.
exercise always improves the state of my back.
p.s. i have no medical training beyond first aid and basic casualty care.
p.p.s. are your doctors ok with the idea of a ski holiday?

cheers, Geoff
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Really odd this nerve damage I have. It seems to be in sync with any abdominal pressure, it is uncomfortable to sit down, until I have sat down for a while, then it disappears. Comes back when I stand up, but will sometimes disappear when I have been walking for a while. Standing in one position for a long time makes it worse, lying down on my back or my side makes it disappear. Starts about half an hour after I get up in the morning, pressure in my lower back, then itching, soreness, cold feeling and sometimes pain in my backside/buttocks, and upper left leg. Sat here typing this, it was sore when I first sat down, now it has largely gone

My GPs and specialists have said there is nothing apparent from any scans. My GP said get on with life as normal, take this low dose of nerve tablets and wait for my appointment with the pain clinic. I asked her about going skiing and she said go ahead and book it, theres nothing "wrong" with you, its a nerve problem, and you might just have to live with it, get used to it, or it might even clear up on its own

Maybe the cold and the exercise of skiing will do me good, after all other things start hurting so that might take my mind off it.

Plus alcohol helps too wink
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Hi Sollophonic, Like Geoff I have similar issues with sciatic pain, I take gabapentin, tramadol, diclofenac and diazepam to dull the nerves, pain, inflammation and stop the spasms. Agree with Geoff about the driving, at least with a plane, train or as a last resort coach you can get up and move around to stretch as often as you need. The exercise certainly helps me and as skiing is low impact (unless you wipe out!) I find is does not cause the shooting electric pulse sensations I associate with walking, jogging, stairs etc. Just in case I have an accident on the slopes I always carry a note of my condition, medication and dosage in my pocket(let the kids or your friends know its there) to produce in an emergency so I don't receive an accidental overdose! P.s I find gentle pilates helps keep me supple and of course improves core strength, It was on offer as a skips referral from my g.p surgery meaning I pay a token fee at the local gym, you maybe entitled to something similar if your doc thinks it will strengthen your back/pelvis. Have fun this winter, Lilywhite x
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