I herniated a disc in my mid back. When they did the MRI they found 9 other bulges. Next Wednesday I am going to have a calcified ligament cut out of my spinal column, two bulges cut and two of my vertebrae fused (T6&7). Due to the injury I have not been able to work out and have gained quite a bit of weight. My question is, has anyone had this type of injury? I know its rare. Are my days of lifting heavy (ish) weights over? Can I safely lift when I recover. The Dr(s) are really not much help when it comes to answering these questions. I am going crazy though. I use to have a pretty good physique, but now I look like a large blob. Any help would be great. I am reading Huge in a hurry and am wondering if that kind of lifting is possible for me?