This is my first post, but I've been reading messages on this forum for awhile...
I'm trying to find someone who has had a spinal fusion at a young age who would be willing to share what their recovery has been like.
I'm 28 yrs old and I just had an L4-S1 ALIF 3 weeks ago. I've had two previous discectomies (L45 and L5S1) over the course of the past 11 years. My back problems are due to athletics, but despite worsening back/leg pain for the past year, I'd managed to stay in shape. I was exercising regularly up until about 5 weeks before the fusion after which my symptoms required immediate surgery.
I'm doing much better post-surgery, but I'm very anxious about what the long-term limitations will be like. What kind of exercise and/or athletics were you able to get back to? Over what timescale?
Thanks in advance for any info!