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Back Surgery


#1

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?

Thanks

Mike


#2

you didn't say what the doctor said, did they tell you that you can lift?

also take some glucosomine.


#3

Well he actually has not said so one way or the other. I am in law enforcement and he indicated I could most likely go back to work, which makes me assume that I can lift (some type of lifting things is a requirement of the job). I was wondering if anyone has had problems like this (although they tell me that my condition is like 1 in 1000 back injuries). I guess I am just hoping that my lifting days are not over.

thanks


#4

BUY Alot of Glucosamine chondroitin, from ur local supplement department,take it, call your doctor and get a clear answer of what you can perform.


#5

Also i look up to law enforcers, what's the requirement to joining? since your a civil servant your insurance covers physiotherapy?

find yourself a good physiotherapy and they should be able to give you a good answer to what you can or can't do, your spine is a delicate piece of work so i suggest you to look for one.

fused vertebrae is a sticky question though, some athletes like Tito Ortiz comeback fine from them, other times its a career ending injury, it really depends on how good your surgeon is.