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Surgeon too optimistic? Tliff L4/5 S1

ColoradoRobCColoradoRob Posts: 11
edited 10/25/2014 - 7:05 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all, just curious if most people have acutely calculated the percentage of spondylolithesis they had?
Over 2 separate mri's spanning 6 years I went from 17mm to 22mm. I honestly did not have a lot of the pain others say they had as I was active playing ice hockey, wake-boarding, skiing , golfing you name it. I am a 54yo male who just had had enough of the numbing feet and a chronic ( but manageable pain) achy sciatic (R). I was told by the Doc that if the slippage continued I would end up losing my bowels etc and that was enough to make me jump into surgery a few weeks later. I had never had any treatments, pills or any type of medical treatments on my back going into surgery ; although I knew what the problem was after the first mri. Not sure how it happened but I played college sports and was in a few car rollovers in the day so who knows............
I'm just curious where other people were at ( slippage wise) as now that I have had many days to sit to reconsider and have done a ton of research, My wife is convinced I did the right thing ( as she nagged me about never being able to go on long walks or hikes ) but after 17 weeks I am NOT so convinced!
My surgeon had said I would be able to play Hockey again at 4 months but that seems ridiculousness at this point. I am back lifting at the gym, swimming 900 meters, riding the recumbent bike, walking incline on the treadmill, stretching, light Yoga and on and on to try to re-train the muscles but sill can not shake the chronic muscle fatigue, numb R quad, on and off numb R foot and the constant feeling that my Fused area feels like a block of cement stuck in my back.......I have extreme difficulty getting up and down out of a chair and walk with the utmost awkward stride due to that chronic feeling of just being hit in the back with a baseball bat .
6 screws, Titanium spacer between L4 and L5 and the curved rod and hardware.
Thanks for any feedback and comments!


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