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3 months post T 12 - L 1 fusion

Heather NHHeather N Posts: 2
edited 02/06/2015 - 4:45 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi I'm new to this group. I fell from a ladder and wound up with a complex L1 burst fracture. I had arthododis with screws and rods to stabilize my spine 3 months ago. I'm still experiencing a lot of pain and my activities are very limited. I'm 34 and very active in sports - climbing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hiking etc.

I am wondering if I will be able to do these things again? I can't do much right now. Just tidy up around the house - about 10-20 min stints then I have to lay down again. On good days I walk my dogs.

Itching to get back to the life I love. Any one had success returning to these types of activities?


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    edited 02/06/2015 - 4:48 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • Hi Heather. I had l5s1 fusion with rods 10 weeks ago and was wondering the same thing today. I don't do as many outdoor activities as you and am 52 and doing about the same. Don't do nearly as much as I thought I would be at this point and also need a lot of down time. I'm curious as to when if ever I'll be running around like I used to. Must be especially hard when you're so young. Hope you get better. I guess its just wait and see for now. Blah.
  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 160
    Thats all that is on my mind. at 50 had a 7 level thoracic fusion. From a ladder fall, landing on my feet. I to was active. All water for me, boating, jetski, tubing. And my job is not easy, Carpenter, Up and down, lifing and just plain hard work. And a heavy tool belt around me. Its been 3 months now. Seen my doctor one time for 10 min in Jan. He thinks i will be going back to work mid April. As of today... I dont see that. It better be one month of some good healing. Im learning to live with the pain, the feeling of a knife in my back. Dont know if age plays a big factor, but im at a stand still with feeling better. Its the first time that i feel scared. Will I return to a life that I had. Or one that i have to say, I will sit this one out. You go on without me.
    Greg fisher
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