Been told not to ride - GUTTED!

I was told by the doctor today I should give up riding the bike! Here is the story:

At the begining of June last year I was filtering through traffic near the Blackwall Tunnel approach on my way to work and some dozy cow decided she was going to change lanes. Without looking she tried doing a 90 degree turn as quick as she could into the middle lane. But she did this just as I was at her back tyre, and managed to drive straight into me and pin me on the bike against her car.

Since then my shoulder has been getting progressively more painful, not been able to sleep on my sides and my neck has reduced movement. Also riding the bike has become extremely painful after 10 minutes. I am going through compensation at the moment.

So today I went to the doctor as I can’t put up with it any more. He diagnosed me with having arthritis in my shoulder. He then gave me a steroid injection and a big sack of pills :slight_smile: but strongly advised me to stop riding the motorbike. He said it definitely won’t help the healing process and more likely to aggravate it.

I’m so gutted, I love being a biker and have recently treated myself to my first sports bike. And now it’s likely that I’ll have to hang my helmet up. :frowning:

Has anyone else gone through a similar thing?

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after years of playing rugby and a back op i was advised to give up riding as well because of possible aggravation blah blah yardy yar…i just stuck with it and now my back is MOST comfortable when i’m doing what i love…

and when i’m not doing that it’s when i’m on my bike.


arf :smiley:

at one time a specialist advised I stop driving and give up my job for a different line of work ( I am a gas fitter) this was because of severe shoulder pain, I also have suffered from bad attacks of lower back pain and pins and needles/numbness severe pain from a neck injury, I have lived on pain killers and anti-inflammatry drugs for several years at a time, I am currently over a lot of this due to spending a lot of money on a memory foam bed and pillow, Osteopathic treatment and other bits and pieces. I ride a bike that puts me in a more upright position, that takes the weight off my shoulders, the slight forward lean takes the strain away from my back and the bed and pillow support me while I sleep removing the added strain of muscle and joint pain while sleeping. My thought is that it is all too easy for the doctor to say " don’t do this" as this course of action is unlikely to come back and bite his ass! you must be the one to make the choice, it might be an idea to stop riding for a while to allow the problem to settle down a bit, but then restart at a later date, maybe accepting that sports bikes are not going to be the best choice for your comfort.Generally if it hurts bad then its the wrong thing to do!
try this
when my neck was at its worse I was using Tramadol to get an hours sleep at night, after 3-4 months of using one of these I was almost over a lot of the pain and able to sleep on either side, they feel funny at first but really do support your neck and spread the strain over your whole body rather than concentrating it on one point as standard pillows do.

I’ve suffered from a bad back for most of my life (enjoying too much rugby when younger). I find the best way to ease lower back pain is to ride!But I’d take the advice your doctor has given you, at least until you have been ‘sorted’ by a manipulative therapist or whatever. As soon as it all feels comfy, get back riding. You are in constant motion - hopefully very relaxed, but doing little twists and some isometric exercise. Works for me - YMMV of course. Best of luck getting it sorted…

Know a bit how you feel. I was told to stop riding for ? months by my doctor earlier this year following a, non-bike , accident, but at least my problem was, apparently, temporary.

I’m not a great fan of taking advice from non-riding medics about biking. They have all sorts of preconceptions and no experience of the reality.

Try a decent sports pysio. They come at these problems from a different angle. More “can we get you back to doing what you want to do”.

If they say rest, exercise or don’t the problem is probably one that requires just that.

sorry about that…

Now, how much you said you wanted for the bike? :w00t:

Luckily I’ve got a full medical at Listor Hospital on Monday, so I’m hoping that they’ll give me a different diagnosis. Or at least something better than ‘STOP RIDING BIKES!’. It’s only taken 10 months after the accident to get this medical, bit of a joke really.

A few months ago I recently upgraded my bed to a memory foam jobbie, but I find it quiet hard to sleep just on my back.

**D675 ghost rider - ** If you want my bike then it’s yours for £3500. Nearly mint bar a few marks, just had a double bubble and R&G’s fitted and now got 1 years tax. Still got the original screen.

Any ideas on what would be a good bike replacement?

after nearly snapping my back in half in a bike accident in 2000 - the advice seems to be ‘dont get back on two wheels - even bicycles…’

since then i’ve had another four bikes - and i’ve got a mountain bike that I like riding to (on and off road…)

yeah - sure every time I get up out of bed, or out of a seat I get a small reminder of that accident - but for how much I enjoy being on two wheels - its well worth it…

if I was asked “how you do it?” physical activity - starting with rehab of the injury (including physio / chiro and massage) - moving on to core stability work / pilates and then moving on to pass times such as swimming / cycling and the odd boxing training session

(and the secret of all that is finding the right practioners… I have heard horror stories of people going to chiros and osteopaths and them seeming to do either nothing or just making things worse…)

I’ve got arthritis is my hip and wrists and 2 fused vertebra at the top of my spine. But **** it, I know it may sound a bit over dramatic, but you only live once, and if I couldn’t ride a bike then I’d be suicidal perhaps. Suck it up and soldier on would be my advice. :slight_smile:

hopefully its just a rubbish prognosis fella

if you’re new to sports bikes you may be putting too much weight on your hands too which will aggravate the shoulder issue

if this is the case grip the tank firmly with your knees and hold your body weight up that way. you should be able to take your hands off the controls. do the ol’ chicken flap thing every now and again to check that you’re not bracing on the bars. tech spec or stomp grips help with purchase on the tank.

Hi, I really feel for you, especially when told to stop doing something you really love. Look into alternative therapy. Steriods aren’t always the answer. Physio, Sports massage or Holistic massage are great as alternatives. Send me a PM is need more info.

I think a doctor told Douglas Badder he should give up flying?:wink:

err I bet they ALL told him that, he just told THEM to take a hike! :P:D:D

Live to ride…Ride to live…**** em all, life’s to short to worry about pain.

Ride faster and harder, the adrenaline rush will kill the pain.

Sit on the sofa watching TV and you could wear your thumb out on the remote.

I’ve had years of shoulder pain and had most things done to it, including having the nerves blocked. Riding used to make it worse, but finding the right bike makes such a difference!

Even if you have to give up riding for a while, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be back at some point :slight_smile:

What bike are you riding?

VFR400 - it allows me to keep my arms well bent, outstretched is really uncomfortable

Hi, Only advice I’d give would be to see a specialist, and I mean a top Orthopaedic consultant - if you have to go private then do so - the consultants first interview won’t cost the earth - you can then decide what to do.

Get your GP to refer you - don’t know what area you’re in but I’ve had shoulder work done by Mr V Patel - he works out of St Anthony’s Cheam, Parkside Wimbledon and does clinics at some NHS hospitals. He’s a trauma surgeon specialising in shoulders, said to be the most complicated joint in the body.

Always worth getting a second opinion - my mother was told by a doctor she could never have children as her internal organs were too small to support childbirth…she had 4 !

Good luck with it - you should find a way, there’s a lot of scope in modern medicine to enable you to keep going.