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drummermanddrummerman Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck 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


  • for a spiney with lower lumbar surgery. Probably the worst thing you could do to yourself is sit for 4-8 hours straight. You really want to try and get up and stretch your back hourly. While not always realistic. Sitting for 4 hours without getting up is going to hurt.

    That's been my experience.
  • I have also had an L4-5 fusion and sitting for a prolonged period of time is very painful, with lasting effects.

    If you could get up and take breaks to walk around it might be doable!

    Good luck!
  • If you have recently fell and nothing showed on the x-ray things might just take awhile to get better. After my 5th surgery I fell and it took a good 6months before things got better. Like others have said long periods of sitting are probably not the best thing. Hope things work out for you.
  • Pearl has a throne like this:


    Note that it has a U-shape bottom cushion!
    The back rest may or may not help.

    I used to play that loud and fast rock and roll with the double bass drums going rapid fire/machine gun style. It would put too much pressure on my tailbone.
    Haven't played in over 10 years....closer to 15. :(

    Also, look into an inflatable belt made by disc disease solutions. It counteracts the downward presure put on the lower spine. It has helped me a bunch!

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • oops double post
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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