Hi, I'm new here. Am a 54 yo male.
I'm currently in the worst pain of my life. Had a L5S1 laminectomy in 11/10. I waited and followed the orthopedic surgeon before going back to exercising, but when I did try-- even light weights, I'd have severe pain. Went back a few times complaining of the pain then was ordered another MRI and had X-rays. The ortho guy was like you shouldn't have any problems, my surgery looks great-- then he passed me onto a pain mgt. doc. I learned my lesson-- should have seen a neurosurgeon who at least cares about nerve medicine. The EDITED doc I got, didn't really seem to care about nerve pain, just structural stuff.
Anyhow, I did have a period where I was able to exercise some between 2011-2012 and was able to get back in pretty good shape even with some running. But then things went bad again and was sent to a good neurologist who found some movement disorders (which still have not been able to be diagnosed even with seeing and being tested by a doc that specialized in movement disorders-- yet ruled out Parkinson's ( and MS). They say I have some neurologic condition that is not related to my lower back. Had more MRI's, and found that not only are all my lumbar discs are shot -- wither bulging or herniated, but may of my cervical discs are also bad,
So on all sorts of meds: Cymbalta, Neurontin, Robaxin, Vicodin, And then every night have to take Ambien to fall to sleep. Needless to say,I've gained about 25 lbs. My best weight for my frame (6'3") is about 200-205. Now I'm about 230. I've tried some exercise with very light weights, and just walking about 1/2 to 1 mile. About 3 hours afterwards I'm in incredible pain, and it does not get any better. I thought taking a few pounds off would help by exercising, but it is not. It just makes the pain worse. My whole lower body just aches terribly where I can not function at all after getting home from work (I exercise on my lunch break).
I'm here to see what others are doing and how they cope. I've been told my lumbar area is so bad, I should have fusion, but am afraid that things could even get worse -- don't know how they could, but I've heard some horror stories.
I'm going to start digging into the forum here to read some members experiences, how they cope, etc.