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    Senior Foiler Elite 101flightdoc's Avatar
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    I just put my boat up for sale in the classified section.... Right now I feel sick to my stomach. There is a small explaination in the post. I will be getting out of foiling. I May keep up with the forum and go out with a few of my friends.... depends on how hard this is to do since I was doing pretty darm good for an old fart that has been beat up the last 10 years on deployments.

    If anyone is in the market take a look. It is a Darn Good, sweet looking boat. I have equipment.... I will be thinking about getting rid of.... but ..... one step at a time.

    Still hope to see again and meet a lot of you. Especially YOU Shuey!


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    I'm really sorry to hear about you selling everything. I'm 49 and over the years I had back problems. Slipped disk. Anyway with some weight training and self rehab my back is much better.
    I just saying that with patience and back rehab you might be able to keep riding. I was determined not to sit on the sideline the rest of my life. I'm just saying don't give up.
    By the way I never had surgery on my back. I know several people who had the surgery and it made it worse.
     
     

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    Sean....Sorry to hear about you possibly getting out of the sport because of back problems.....I too had back problems (and I'm much older than you) but 3 years ago I had spinal surgery and now have ZERO back pain.....I'm still out there riding and doing my piddly 1 or 2 ft. jumps, but the bottom line is I'm still out there....Whether you stop riding or not you should get that back taken care of....why live the rest of your life in pain and not be able to do the things you love to do?.....The surgeon that did my operation also did Bill Walton the basketball player...He was ready to commit suicide because of back pain.....The surgeon is Dr. Steven Garfin here in San Diego at UCSD.....Google him and check out his credentials....Sure, there are horror stories about people ending up with worse problems after back surgery, but I believe it's all in the surgeon chosen to do the job......I'm here to tell you (and others) that there are successful back operations IF the right surgeon does the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodysdad View Post
    Sean....Sorry to hear about you possibly getting out of the sport because of back problems.....I too had back problems (and I'm much older than you) but 3 years ago I had spinal surgery and now have ZERO back pain.....I'm still out there riding and doing my piddly 1 or 2 ft. jumps, but the bottom line is I'm still out there....Whether you stop riding or not you should get that back taken care of....why live the rest of your life in pain and not be able to do the things you love to do?.....The surgeron that did my operation also did Bill Walton the basketball player...He was ready to commit suicide because of back pain.....The surgeon is Dr. Steven Garfin here in San Diego at UCSD.....Google him and check out his credentials....Sure, there are horror stories about people ending up with worse problems after back surgery, but I believe it's all in the surgeon chosen to do the job......I'm here to tell you (and others) that there are successful back operations IF the right surgeon does the job.
    I wasn't knocking surgery. I agree it is about the right doctor. I just wasn't to the point I was going to take the chance.
     
     

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    I really appreciate the encouragement. It is a little more complicated than just back pain and slipped disc. I am a medical Provider myself and know how this usually goes. I could have surgery if there was the need yet. It is a little hard to explain, but not everyone is a surgical candidate. In my case there is only one procedure that I would be willing to go through. I cannot get that without a huge out of pocket expense because the Army does not authorized this procedure yet or any time in the near future.
    This expense would take most of my savings I have been getting shot at for the last 10 yrs for my house I plan to build and retire.

    As far as going out and doing a few things on the foil...... THAT is like telling a lifetime alcoholic to take a drink and swish it around in his mouth, .... but don't swallow it!
    I can throw gainers, both sides, wake and air rolls both sides, front rolls, front flips, 360s, combos and I am hitting 50s. Now.... go out and just do little stuff...... Not happeing! I am an adrenaline junky and I just need to find another avenue that will not cause further damage to keep me going. As far as working out goes.... I have been working out for most of my life. I am no bodybuilder, well, used to really work out hard, and got pretty big at one time, but I do not carry much body fat, and I understand core strenthening more than most. I Used to be a trainer before going to Med School.

    I will get better and find a way to get rid of my pain and finally get treatment, but that will take years, and I would rather not risk further damage at this time. The only way I can do this is to walk away from it. This does not mean I will not find something else. Another chapter. I have always wanted to power paraglide. Who knows... I may be back in 5-10 yrs. Meanwhile... got to work on me.

    By the way. This is why I love this sport so much when it comes to the community.... they have always been really supportive. Thanks Guys!


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    Good luck with whatever you do Sean. I know you are a doctor and was never questioning your decision. I was just trying to suggest some different ideas.
    When do you qualify for military retirement?
    I understand the what you said about drinking and not being able to push yourself.
    My dad did 28 years in military. I was raised on military bases. I have nothing but respect for all military personel. Good luck and maybe you will get to foil again. Look me up when you do.
     
     

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    Definitely got to keep in touch with all the foilers out there... too many great people to not keep up with the community, even if we get out of foiling. However, as sad and hard as this decision has been for us, I am really proud of my husband for finally taking a step back and realizing he needs to take time for back rehab and training, maybe some procedure down the road as necessary, or whatever, before trying any more impact sports or otherwise.
    We're still not comfortable with the decision to get out of foiling, but we need to focus on rehab for now, and unfortunatley, trying to foil in the meantime is just causing his progress to go backwards every time we're on the water... Sean can hardly walk for a few days afterwards.
    We're both flight docs in the Army, and I have to say, we've seen more back pain than probably any other complaint from all of our patients in our careers. You can only run around playing Soldier for so long before your body can't take the crushing weight of armor and injured patients anymore.
    Thanks to everyone for your support. I know he'll do great with some downtime, lots of rehab, work, and exercising, and then maybe he'll finally retire and get back to doing whatever makes him happy.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDGUY46 View Post
    When do you qualify for military retirement?
    I understand the what you said about drinking and not being able to push yourself.
    My dad did 28 years in military. I was raised on military bases. I have nothing but respect for all military personel. Good luck and maybe you will get to foil again. Look me up when you do.
    Thanks for the note. I am eligible for retirement right now at 22 yrs in. I had no plans to get out too soon but that may change too. Trust me... I never question anyone's advice as bad. I learn from patients (young Soldiers) every day! I am just hoping to avoid surgery or get the proper procedure for my issue when it is available to me. meanwhile..... I will find another way to get my Fix!

    Thanks!

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    I know you push too hard when you do get the chance to ride and it's not near as often as you want, as we get older it's easier to do a lot of things way beyond the shape we are in. I've been way off my normal schedule this year and have to tap out much sooner than I want to so I don't end up hurting myself. Julia and Yeti both had similar issues and got them fixed and sat out for a while (6 months or so) and now they are at it again. I'm sure you know that the right people can do some amazing things these days and fix things they couldn't just a few years ago. Take the winter off and exercise and work on it and don't do anything that might hurt it and see what happens next Spring. That's a better time to sell a boat too.
     
     

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    Yeti's riding is by far better than ever... Dude is going huge! Good luck Sean :-)
     
     

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