I was not sure where to put this question. But I got a lot of good advice from this forum before I had my surgery so I thought I would come back for these questions.
I had a one level L5-S1 Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion in June 2011. I have achieved a solid fusion and my surgeon says I could go jump out of airplanes now if I wanted to. I don't. But anyway, my weight, which hasn't been good for me in years, is getting to be a real issue and I think is behind the lingering little bit of pain I still get occasionally. I have been doing really well since the surgery and it was a great choice for me.
But I am over 100 pounds overweight now and I need to do something about it. I signed up for five introductory kickboxing classes which start this week, just to see if I like it or if it works for me. But I am worried a little bit about injuring my back. I spent ten years of severe pain before I finally had my fusion surgery and I don't want to go back to those horrible days of my life again. Has anyone out there gone back to sports or kickboxing style stuff after a fusion surgery? I am 42, btw, and I "used to be" an athlete, like in high school and stuff like that.
Thanks for anyone's advice.