Hi all, just looking for some sound advice. I had a minimally invasive microdiscectomy quite a while ago, at T7-8, C3-4 and C5-6. Had a lot of chronic pain which has recently been improving by leaps and bounds, but have only been able to work and lift weights like I used to for the last few years. I had given up on my passion, which was training brazilian jiu jitsu, only to keep coming back and wanting desperately to join in again. I have noticed after finally being off of pain pills, that I am able to lift weights, go to school full-time (physical therapist assistant), and work doing dangerous things with my back, like transferring patients who cannot help, without injuring my back or causing a lot of pain. After seeing a friend go to his academy to get his next belt and commenting on how much I miss it, he asked me why I couldn't also train, seeing as I am able to do everything else with relative ease.
My surgeon told me that I should not return to jiu jitsu, but my physical therapist looked at my record and said many people return after a surgery like that, and that it would be okay if it didn't cause me pain. I am not sure what to do, and I feel like if there is even the smallest chance that I can train again and stay healthy that I want to try, it means that much to me. When I am able to train, I stay in shape, eat healthy, don't drink or smoke, sleep well, and am highly motivated and confident in all areas of my life. When I don't train, I have other hobbies to keep me busy, but I don't care about them nearly as much, don't get the same exercise, and am not very motivated about showing up. In short, jiu jitsu makes me a very happy, fulfilled person.
I have gone back to class twice now, and am going back again tonight. The academy is very responsible and professional, no one I have rolled with goes very hard or tries to hurt each other. We have a few veterans who are also injured who go at their own pace and take it easy. So far I have gotten a little sore from training, but nothing bad enough to make me think it is hurting me, though I know there is always a chance something could happen, just as it could while I am transferring a patient. I read about Bruce Lee and others being told they could never return to sports, and proving them wrong as well as regaining their health and happiness. I want to know if you guys think I am being naïve or stupid for giving it a try, or if it might be worth it to just try anf find out whether or not it is bad for me. I have not injured my back since the surgery, only gotten sore from time to time, and I feel like I would know if it is bad for me long before I slip another disc. Just wondering if there are others who returned to a relatively intense sport after having a serious surgery. Seems like athletes do it all the time. I appreciate any of your thoughts, please be brutally honest. (:#