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Coping with limitations following Fusion Surgery

macilmmacil Posts: 3
edited 03/24/2013 - 4:09 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 2 months out from spinal fusion surgery encompassing S1 to L3/4 and my doctor is suggesting that my limit of weight lifting may continue at 10 pounds for some time---or permanently. Any suggestions for getting luggage in/out of car, into airport, in overhead compartment, etc. while traveling alone. Also, unloading groceries, home supplies, gardening---just about anything I've ever done in the past, but don't seem permitted to do now.


  • Macil:

    I have progressed through the same experience (two level fusion in January 2011) that you described. The activities that I valued most and that I could no longer (should no longer) participate in were running, yard work, and gardening. These were stress relievers for me and a source of exercise. I grieved the loss.

    Not being able to do them has taken me a good while to accept. I have never been one to ask others for help unless I am absolutely down, so now I am also learning to do that as well.

    The grocery sacks were not a problem as my wife and daughter would easily perform that task. The only traveling I do is by car and often I must pack a bag. I minimize the amount of clothing so the bag is not too heavy. No air travel so far with the airport/airplane hussle and hassle - thank goodness.

    The one item that did sneak up on me by surprize was my laptop bag. I never considered it to be of weight or a concern. Consequently, I learned how to not stick too much extra stuff in that bag.

    Anyway, the mental/emotional challenge for me was acceptance of the condition (new me). After I got my male pride under control I then focused on how to adjust.

    Good luck in the process, and know that you are not alone. Many others have done it, are doing it, and will do it.

  • BotzBotz Central FloridaPosts: 223
    It can be very hard to follow the lifting restrictions. Don't be afraid to ask for help in planes. Groceries can be bagged lighter. Speak up to the bagboys/girls. Most of the stores here will assist or carry to your car. You needto really be careful with the gardening. Bending lifting and twisting. Will be forgotten and then the damage can be done.2 months out is not very long considering your surgery. Just have patience. It really not worth messing up.
  • i had 2 level decompression and fusion from c5 to c7 and compectomy on c7 in 2007. on 3-16-2013 i had to have hardware removed from the previous surgery at c5-7, anterior cervical decompression fusion at c3 to 5 and c4 compectomy. I am employed in the construction industry and do very heavy manual labor with a lot of lifting, bending and walking in high areas during buildfing construction. i would like to know how this problem will affect my ability to perform my job functions. i was also diagnosed with spinal stenosis along with and cervical myelopathy.
    do i need to change occupation to a less strenuous job/
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