The main purpose of this log is to document my recovery from a recent back surgery and hopefully help some people with the same ailment and surgery with their recovery in the future. Searching the Internet and threads on this site really showed me there isn’t too much info on recovering from the type of surgery i’ve had. The one exception was a poster named Ironbear who gave me some good info in the link at the bottom of this page. Most google hits gave the advice of “Don’t lift weights ever again” or just do “light weigths and cardio the rest of your life”. That’s not for me.
Since the last episode of back pain in January and surgery in February, I lost whatever muscle I had and am fatter than I ever been. It’s been a mixture of not being able to move train or do any real activities, medication, and a shitty diet. I’m a fat 238 with a 42" waist and 16" arms. For comparison, I had a 40’ish waist back when I was 250 in June 2011.
I’ve been doing physical therapy and am almost 4 months post surgery. I’m ready to start off light in the gym and do select exercises. It’ll be alot of experimenting but I think I’ll find what exercise work and how to adapt to the situation just like after my ACL recovery.
More details on the surgery are in the link below. Summary is I had a disc removed from my spine and it was replaced with a plastic spacer and titanium rods. I didn’t want surgery but it was to the point where it was a necessity. I couldn’t stand up straight and had severe pain in my spine and balls. The best way to desribe it would be like a bad toothache throughout your spine and the feeling of getting kicked in the nuts 24/7.
Link to my original training log: