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When is sucking it up too much?

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Some of you may have read my other forum on my back pain. I have a slipped disk and I have been going to physical therapy for three weeks. My doctor's advice was to go back to gymnastics and suck up the pain and go to six weeks of physical therapy. I want to know where the line is between sucking it up and going back to the doctor. The pain is getting worse. Each time I leave physical therapy it feels better but within a few minutes, the pain is back and worse. I don't know what to do because I dont want to look weak and I want to suck it up but I'm not sure if I'm pushing it. Any advice?


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Former Gymnast
Jun 24, 2008
Don't push it and tell the doctor that it's getting worse. I had a herniated disk 6 years ago, and it still bothers me, even though I took 3 months totally off and gradually worked back over a period of about 2 months.


Jan 27, 2009
myrtle beach
Take it from an 43 year old who wrecked her back as a kid riding horses. I pushed it and now I am paying for it in spades. I have constant back pain and my only option at this point is surgery. Take care of your back. I am surprised a Dr. told you to suck it up. That does not seem right.


Jul 21, 2007
I also think you should go back to the doctor or get a second opinion from another doctor.

I went to the doctors and probably went to five different doctors before I figured everything that was wrong with my back. I was told by two of the doctors to suck it up or quit.. obviously I didn't want to do that so I went to a specialist and got another opinion. I took three months off and did physical therapy and although I made the switch to diving and my back pain isn't all the way gone.. it's now tollerable.

You only have one back.. take care of it while you can.


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Former Gymnast
Feb 26, 2007
If you were my DD, which you are not, I would pull you out of gym and get a second opinion on your back. You only have one back for your whole life, and as mbphoto stated, chronic back pain is a nightmare when it continues for years.


A little pain is worth sucking up. A lot of pain is just detrimental in the long run.


I am one that "sucked it up" for about 6 months before getting my back checked out only to find that it was broken. I was out for 8 weeks and had to wear a back brace at all hours including while i slept. the only time i was to be out of it was while showering. now i still have back problems and although i was able to come back after a few months, i still see a chiropractor every month and get regular massages. if it helps its been 11 years since i broke my back....
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