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What's going on, anyone

drummermanddrummerman Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Fusion L4-L5

I use to be a big band drummer and musician professionally. However, in my twenties I took up karate for ten years. Well... being a young kid, I thought nothing of kicking trees and brick walls to strengthen my legs.

Lo and behold at 62 I found out I have DDD. The kicking of the brick walls did it I think. Anyway, I've had C4-C5 disc replacement, a second surgery on L4-L5 Laminectomy that didn't help (was in pain for nine months in bed) and finally in January had L4-L5 fusion with hardware. The first five months - no pain. Felt like a new man. Then I slipped after a shower which immediately caused a very sharp pain at my operation site (fusion). X-ray showed nothing. The pain has somewhat decreased but it still hurts.

This is the important part. I want to regain my career as a drummer which will take allot of work practicing 4-8 hours a day sitting. After sitting four hours, the sharp pain comes back. Anyone, what is going on?? MRI scheduled for next week. thanks


  • Most of us have DDD to some degree when we reach "a certain age." I haven't kicked any walls and I have it to a certain extent.

    I think you just need to wait until you get the MRI. There is always a possibility that an adjoining level was damaged when you slipped, but you may just have caused some muscular strain that will go away with time. At five months, you may not have completely fused. There are many possibilities for your pain...the MRI and a good visit with your surgeon should be able to pinpoint the reason for your pain.

    For most of us that have had fusion at the lower lumbar areas, and L4-5 is the most common, sitting for a long period of time is problematic. I know I need to get up every hour or so and take a short walk around the room, maybe do a few stretches. I can make it through a movie or a play, but I get a little squirmy. Most spineys are not able to sit for long periods of time without short breaks. Is there any way you can work that into your practice schedule?
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