I’ve had a history of back problems and since last June spent more time injured and rehabbing than training. It came to a head 4 weeks ago when I couldn’t walk upright for 2 weeks so I saw a spinal specialist and he got me into surgery ASAP after he saw my MRI.
I had my L3-L4 disc removed and replaced with a spacer. The bone from the adjacent discs should fill the space over the next year according to the surgeon.
The surgeon said no weights at all for the next 6 months and then after that, light weight high reps. His exact comments about the heavy weights was “That’s for the young guys.” I’m 35.
Anyway, I’d like to hear if anyone has had a disc removed and if they were able get back to training 100%. Or maybe if someone trains with someone who’s had the procedure that looks like they lift serious weights. Any relevant thoughts or opinions on the topic would be welcome as well.
I tried the injury sub-forum but got no responses. I also spent a long time on google but still got nothing. The questions been posted on various forums but I didn’t see any responses from anyone that actually looks or sounds like they seriously train.