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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My name is Stooty. I am a combat veteran of Afghanistan. While I was over there, I messed up my L-4 L-5 disc. I had to have an emergency laminechtomy and discechtomy back about 3 years ago.

The VA did all the work. They really didn't tell me anything about recovery. What not to do, what to do. So now I'm in A LOT of pain. I want to lose weight, but it hurts to exercise. I've gained about 40 or so pounds since surgery.

Can someone give me some advice on what to do? The VA sucks a big one! I heard walking is good. Is that true?

Stooty
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  • First welcome to spine health! This is a really good forum with alot of good people that can advice from personal experiences.
    The VA can be very difficult to deal with, as I am a nurse and have had some experience with them. Do you currently have a personal doctor at the VA? I would contact them and continue to do so until you get a response. Yes, alot of surgeons like there patients to walk, streghtens the muscles. But since its been awhile since you had surgery, there may be something else going on, so that may not be what you need at this time. Sounds like you need additional testing to see whats going on now.
    Keep calling them till you get in for an appt! I wish you the best of luck and keep us posted, K?
  • Hello Stooty,

    Sorry about your pain. It is not normal to suffer like that three years after your surgery. It is too bad they did not gave you the necessary information after your surgery. I don't know where you live, but in my area the VA is very good, many of the dr. are also at Stanford. But I know that they are regional differences in the type of care they provide. But maybe you could find out if there is a good spinal specialist whom you could consult.

    Hope you will be able to get some good advise.

    Kin
  • I agree you should get checked out first but do you have access to a pool? I hear that if you just glide through the water while walking helps but maybe get a check up first by the Dr. I have a stationary recumbent bicycle that has been a great investment for excercise for me. The seat has a back and supports you as you peddle and the seats are wide and comfortable, I bought my bike for $299. now they're on sale for $150. Anyway, nice to meet you and hope everything is okay. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I agree you should get checked out first but do you have access to a pool? I hear that if you just glide through the water while walking helps but maybe get a check up first by the Dr. I have a stationary recumbent bicycle that has been a great investment for excercise for me. The seat has a back and supports you as you peddle and the seats are wide and comfortable, I bought my bike for $299. now they're on sale for $150. Anyway, nice to meet you and hope everything is okay. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • My advice to you would be avoid caffeine (it's not good for your bones/bone mass/bone strength), start a normal, healthy diet... Not one of those crazy Hollywood ones.. And Aquatic Physical Therapy. That is the least stress on your body, and it strengths your muscles like you wouldn't believe. I couldn't believe how fast my strength increased after only 5 weeks of Aquatic P.T. It's WONDERFUL. And it's actually mostly used for Post Op patients... Perfect for you :) I hope you get things situated and feel better soon!!
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