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Returning to cycling/running/swimming after L5/S1microdiscectimy

I was an athlete road cycling 100-125 mi/week, running 10-15 mi/week, weight lifting in the gym 2-3 days/week and swimming 1-2 days a week, I was in great shape. Last year I began to develop back pain w/ radicular pain/tingling down my leg. I had 2 injections 2 weeks apart, however a couple weeks after my last injection I woke up with debilitating pain forcing me to undergo an L5/S1 microdiscectomy the following day. On July 31, 2013 it will have been a year since that surgery. My recovery has been awful since then. I was off work for 7 weeks w/ severe calf cramping and pain. I understand the nerve could be really "mad" after and this did eventually dissipate. I have had 3 set backs since my surgery and have undergone two bouts of PT. just when I think I'm doing fairly decent, I try to go back easy to running, 30 min of cycling or swimming and I end up where I'm at now....off work for a week d/t back pain, unable to do my job as an inpatient Occupational Therapist. According to my PCP I'm doing everything right including "staying skinny" (despite the fact I've gained 10 lbs since the surgery) and tending to my core and flexibility. I'm close to depressed as I'm not able to be the person I was. I LOVE being active & absolutely love to run and ride. I have changed my running to midfoot for greater ease/ decreased jarring on my back (at the recommendation of a PT) but no more than 2 mi. I've been able to ride on the trainer x30-45 min and have been on the road for a measly 16 mi easy ride. Now again, here I am off work b/c of pain after an 8 mi easy ride.

I wonder, has anyone else had this issue following this "minor procedure"? I just want to be fit again but feel like I'm getting nowhere w/ my surgeon who just sends me back to work when I feel like I can tolerate it. I'm trying to get into a physical medicine rehab doc but he isn't scheduling until December! Is there any hope for me to be able to return to the things I love? A year seems so long compared to other forums I have seen....

Thank You.


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  • CamIamCCamIam Posts: 86
    edited 08/02/2013 - 4:20 PM
    J.G.12 said:
    Is there any hope for me to be able to return to the things I love? A year seems so long compared to other forums I have seen....
    I'm wondering as well. I am only about 6/7 weeks post surgery, so not sure if I can do any more 'active' activities than walking. I had a very invasive L4-5 fusion and bone graft. But I am bored out of my mind and looking at my bike collecting dust.... gah! Would love to hear anything you find out.

    48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
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