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Spine Surgery at Young Age

nobaknnobak Posts: 2
edited 01/29/2015 - 3:59 AM in Recovering from Surgery
So I just had back surgery at the age of 16. I had a l4-l5 laminectomy and discectomy. Before this I went through 3 months of trying to rehab through steroid epidural shots and physical therapy, but it got much worse. The doc also said I have 2 or 3 bulging discs along my back. He also said I have severe spinal stenosis and bad arthritis throughout my spine. After surgery he said my discs looked similar to that of a 70 year old man. This injury occurred during football practice, I missed the entire season due to this. I have one year of high school left and am desperately trying to get back on the field. My surgery was around 10 weeks ago and I'm feeling much better. However, if I try to lightly jog or anything I still get a bit of nerve pain, but it's more of a sore, achy pain instead of the usual sharp pain. Any suggestions? Any help at all? Please!


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  • You are young for this. I'm sorry this has happened. Gosh, if I was your mom I would probably tell you to forget about football and focus on studying and getting into college. I know this sounds harsh, but this is no cake walk and you only have one back. I'd hate to see you middle aged and on disability and strong painkillers. You have a bright big future ahead and I would probably play it safe and slow for now. Best to you.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    Man my heart goes out to you at that age football is life!!! I would say dont give up on your dreams, but know the reality of what could happen if you continue and speak with your doctor and have him lay everything out on table. If he advises against it probably need to reconsider football , health is most important, when you dont have it you have nothing. That being said many athletes have had back surgury and returned, but they are pro athlestes, alot of money and best trainers in game. Good luck man
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • Colleen.PummerCColleen.Pummer Posts: 3
    edited 01/30/2015 - 7:52 AM
    Doing better yet have flares in a left shoulder quarter size 'trigger' area. I hear this may well be the nerve returning to getting its messages thru. Gotta give it time and use the area without abusing it..But most other issues, including daily migraines and nervy pain to right arm is nearly gone. Compared to a L5-S1 posterior fusion I had 3 years now; I am well on my way to 'rehabbing'. Interestingly, each area I required work on also had noted hemanginomas. Maybe now the one low thoracic level of a scoliotic type curve will correct along with getting my core back and normalizing my new normal neck curve. Reading here in the forum and reviewing videos well prepared me for most of the realities of post surgical aspects. That and nearly 20 years as a med-surg, Rehab nurse supervisor. And I belong to the Holistic Nurse Association. But, there's a place for everything. Stay comfortable and focused on giving yourself the best chance for a good outcome. Be creative, you're helping to write this chapter.
    Colleen Pummer
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