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Old 08-25-2004, 01:42 AM   #1
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There IS life after fusion!

Just a little pick-me-up for those of you out there wondering if you can get your life back.

I've had a diskectomy at L4-L5 in January of '02 (which re-herniated just a couple months later on the other side), followed by a fusion at the same level in December of '03. Life has sucked serious butt from 2000 until 2004, and the Scrooges at Social Security can go take a flying leap. (Yeah, thanks for nothing, now that I've been unable to work for 3 years and my wife gave up on me because I couldn't find a job I could do....)

Okay, anyway, here's the good news:

I was released to return to work in June. Since then, I've been back out on the golf course twice. I've been swimming. I've moved furniture. I wrestle around on the floor with the kids. I jump with them on the trampoline. I go bowling (with a 14 pound ball -- and can still break 200).

The key is moderation. Those muscles will NEVER AGAIN withstand the punishment they were once used to enduring. Once you feel it strain, take a break. For me, some things -- which you would think are out of the question, like those above -- come easy. Then again, I can't stay bent over the sink long enough to shave or brush my teeth.

Oh, well. A lot of bowlers wear full beards.

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Old 08-25-2004, 08:59 AM   #2
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Re: There IS life after fusion!

Glad to hear that you have your life back.
I still swear that I have been out of commission for so long and my back is so week along with the other muscles in my body, that I will never be better.
I hope that isn't so. I have had alot of pain and immobility for about 3 years due to this back problems. I've had the discectomy/laminectomy last summer in which it did not work and now facing a fusion at L4 L5. I've been so 'out of it' for so long I fear that I will never be 'somewhat normal'.
It is good to hear about your great life now. I can only pray that I can say the same.

Just be careful with the lifting and jumping the trampolen. Your discs above and below that are still at risk!!

Thanks for your story,

Old 08-25-2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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Re: There IS life after fusion!

That is wonderful news.....good for you!

I guess it just goes to show that there is always hope. Just be careful!

Thanks for sharing.

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