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A few questions

First a little background,
I had my surgery on 9/11/2010. I was in an accident where my L1 vertebrae was completely shattered and therefore needed to be fused. So, now I am fused two above and two below. That's a lie, my bottom two screws actually broke. Now, after multiple CT scans (and X-rays and MRIs) my doctor has told me my spine is totally fused. He says nothing changes through the months between scans and it all looks exactly the same. So, it is safe to go back to working out but being very careful. I asked him about running and he told me I can run SOME. I'm not entirely clear on what the category some falls under but I was hoping to run maybe a mile or two a day. I run with my gym, usually only about 400-800 meters if I do at all. The issue I have is that he told me to use the rowing machine (or an elliptical or bike - which my gym does not have), but that tends to bother me more.
So, my question is how much is too much running? I'm not doing any marathons and triathalons or anything like that, just a little running because that was when I felt my best (this was actually after my surgery, about a 18 months).


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  • So you have a solid fusion from T10 to L3 maybe? I'd say "some" would mean start slow and see where you go from there... if you run into pain slow down for awhile. In the end, if you have a solid fusion then running shouldn't affect it and shouldn't cause any damage. You could have some muscle pain/stiffness etc, but I'd just start slow and keep the surgeon updated. Best of luck to you!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • can only come from your surgeon, who is telling you that some is okay. I would be asking how much is some and what, if any other precautions or safeguards you should have in place to prevent further damage.
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