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During this shutdown I was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis of the spine.  I have two spots where the nerve gets pinched and I have severe cramping in my thighs and calves.  I was thinking that my bowling days were over until I discovered that the diagnosis actually helps my bowling.  Crazy huh?  Not really if you know me and how I bowl.  At 70 I still want to make the ball do what I want it to, instead of letting it do what it was drilled to do.  I have found that being careful to not twist, or lean into my shot, and not hit it at the bottom, I can still bowl quite well without limping for 2-3 days after.  I bowled a 4 game set last week and had 215, 300, 215, 256.  Not bad for an old geezer with a bad back.  I would imagine I looked like Mike Durbin, but hey he was pretty darned good.
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Hey, as long as you can bowl!!!!  It has been 6 months since I last picked up my ball.  I have to get out and practice, now that bowling is back open!!!  Stay healthy!!!
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I found out a few weeks ago that I've been running around on a partially torn ACL, and at a tournament in August, I slipped on the approach and aggravated it. That was probably the worst pain I ever felt. Took two weeks off, went and bowled another tournament taking four of the smallest steps I've ever taken, and then got the MRI.

Doc told me to take it easy, so I didn't bowl for three weeks before he said I was okay to start practicing. Couldn't break deuce for a week until I got into a brace and told myself that the knee is pretty shored up, just trust it. That night practicing, I couldn't miss if you paid me to.

I'm back to league this week, so I feel your pain

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I have had two back surgeries one in 2008 for foraminal stenosis(narrowing of nerve openings) at 2 levels and then 2014 four level laminectomy(removal of posterior part of vertebra) for spinal stenosis(canal narrowing).  Last surgery really was hard to come back from and have severe arthritis at multiple levels.  I think I do best if I try not to bend too much walking to the line and definitely changed my game.  At least after last surgery my slide leg weakness is better and I do not lose balance and fall which happened few times that pushed me to last surgery.  I probably need surgery to decompress nerves again but that would probably end bowling for me and at 70 do not want another surgery!  Of course in California my bowling centers are still closed in any case.
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I have had two back surgeries one in 2008 for foraminal stenosis(narrowing of nerve openings) at 2 levels and then 2014 four level laminectomy(removal of posterior part of vertebra) for spinal stenosis(canal narrowing).  Last surgery really was hard to come back from and have severe arthritis at multiple levels.  I think I do best if I try not to bend too much walking to the line and definitely changed my game.  At least after last surgery my slide leg weakness is better and I do not lose balance and fall which happened few times that pushed me to last surgery.  I probably need surgery to decompress nerves again but that would probably end bowling for me and at 70 do not want another surgery!  Of course in California my bowling centers are still closed in any case.


You have what I have.  When I asked the Dr what treatment was available other than the Lyrica he put me on, he said they could cut my back open from rib cage to tail bone and use a dremel tool to try and open up the narrowing vertebrae, then put in lots of steel bars and pins, with a totally straight face. I like my Doc.  I decided to pass on that.  Yes my left leg is the worse, which is my slide leg, but for now, at 70, I pass on surgery.  My other ailments will likely put me down before the arthritis does.

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I hear you.  Hope you can keep as functional as possible.  Over 65 years of age study showed anesthesia tends to degrade brain function like memory.  My neurosurgeon did not want to touch me further.  I agree on your passing on spinal fusion but at least your surgeon was honest saying fusing whole spine.  If only partial fusion degeneration increases above and below the fusion.  I took Cymbalta which worked great for my back pain but could not sleep nor urinate.  Treatment worse than problem. 
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