It's been a while since I have been to this site, so I thought I would post a short update.
I had PLIF on L5/S1 in October of 06'. Things went well and I progressed very well. The one year mark is where I felt I had completely recovered, and for the most part I had.
Fast forward to 2 years post-op, and I am 100% healed. I think I will always have some sort of back pain, muscular mainly, but it will be there. I just finished my racing season on my mountain bike and I finished 2nd over all in the series in my age group (40 to 44). It was nice to be competing again since I hadn't since the fall of 2005.
I tried to officiate hockey last season, but it was just too painful so I threw all of my gear in the dumpster so I wouldn't be tempted to skate again this season. For those that don't know me here, and I know there are a lot, I used to officiate pro hockey, then my back went out and I had to hang up the skates. So, no more skating for me. It's just not good on my back, or anyones for that matter.
I tried to play golf this summer, but it didn't work out real well. I think the problem was I just jumped right in and palyed 18 holes in a tournament. My back was killing me by the 10th hole, but I finished anyways. I was hurting for about two weeks after that. I realized that if I had gone to the driving range a couple times, then played 9 holes a couple of times and then hit 18, I probably would have been fine. But, I just don't really want to play that much anymore, so I did the one time thing, and payed for it.
All-in-all, I would say I am back to normal activities, but there are some things I can't do anymore. Those things tthough are things that most poeple don't do anyways, so now I am just normal, which I am OK with.
If anyone has any questions or want to speak with someone that has had a successfull outcome from this horrible surgery, please feel free to PM me. I will check back to this site periodically.
BTW, I have been a member of this forum since the winter of 05/06.