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Littlerat79LLittlerat79 Posts: 1
edited 02/04/2015 - 8:31 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi! My name is Marianne. I am 53. I am married with three children and two grandchildren. My husband and I have been married for 25 years this coming December. I am an HR supervisor for Navy Recruiting and have been in this business for 30 years. To this day I truly love my job and hope to for several more years.

I had major back surgery on February 24, 2014. I was diagnosed with Stenosis and Spondylolisthesis. My surgeon chose to do eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). In this type of surgery the spine is approached from the side of the body. I underwent Laminectomy and Fusion. My surgeon ran into some difficulty with one of the replacement discs. It broke. This was a new version that was being placed into my spine. With my surgeon's experience and knowledge, all went well. The posterior approach was used to finish the surgery. Long story short, surgery lasted 8 hours and 45 minutes and I feel great! I do have six screws in my spine.

My surgeon asked me to be a patient ambassador for The Better Way Back Organization. I attended my first seminar in early November 2014 and spoke to a group about my entire experience from beginning to end. I plan to attend more.

My husband and I are members of a local gym. I go every morning, Monday through Friday at 5:15 a.m. for approximately 45 minutes. I do cardio every day with machines on three of those days. I am interested in changing my routine. I would like to know if anyone, with similar back issues, has tried a spinning class. I would like to hear the pros and cons please.

I look forward to hearing from any of you. Thank you in advance.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Marianne,

    I also have spinal stenosis (lumbar) and cycling is about the only "non-impact" sport I can do. It's something to do with the way you are bent over which allieviates the pain in the area. Having a strong core is vital to a better back, but unfortunately, cycling won't help to develop a strong core.....only "requires" a strong core.

    What I do to work the core is use a pilates machine.....hopefully your gym has a couple. The machine helps me to do core work without the strain of sit-ups, etc. I'll do my core work in the AM and then ride the bike in the PM (this is just 5 days a week). This works for me. Your mileage may vary.

    Sadly, my work schedule has my work-out routine all screwed up so I haven't had the time to devote to exercise and the result is definitely noticeable. I can hardly wait to get back to my "normal".

    Take care and good luck,

    Herniated discs, L4 &L5, L5 & S1
    Spinal stenosis, L4 & L5
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