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Hi I am new to the forum

edited 05/21/2015 - 6:38 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone
I am new to the forum, I have type 1 chronic modic disc changes
I had right l5/s1 discectomy last june which solved the sciatica pain ( i had on and off for 16 years)

Everything was good after surgery until i started back in the gym in september and then in october the pain was dreadful for months.

The pain has only started to reduce 3 weeks ago, since i attended a new physio who told me to stop exercise, walking and sitting for 2 long.. after other physio's told me to exercise !!!

she has been a great help recommending me with small exercises, insoles for my shoes and heat patches

I now have an episode of pain when i walk or sit for long periods of time ,ie over an hour.
If i go out shopping or do house work i am in total agony two days after, tears and cant move.

I wanted to speak to people who have similar experiences. My surgeon has told me my only option is spine fusion, but she said i will still be left with some small amount of pain.

I have also put on over two stone, due to now been able to walk or do any exercise :-(

I was really active upto 3 years ago :-(

Looking forward to chatting to everyone




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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Did you double check with your surgeon, who told you you will still be in some pain.....did you ask about activities and or restrictions post op? And for how long or permanent?

    For right now, I think you may want to limit your activities. Going shopping is not easy. One time I pushed the cart and unexpectantly I was stopped in my tract with sever back pain. I couldn't move for several minutes. I didn't know if I would need ambulance to get me out of there or what.
    I ended up able to walk..with pain....and I left my cart, went straight to my car and arrived home. I was flat on my back the rest of the day.

    Now I try to have friend accompany me as shopping can cause the next day to be a waste as I am so wiped out.
    And now I pull the cart from in front of cart. That much less weight and easier for me.

    Housework....another activity stressful for the spine. All the bending, twisting, turning, lifting..lifting in contorted position at times, if even for a moment........vacuuming the worst.....in my experience.
    I have resorted to using paper plates and bowls and plastic utensils...as I had to give up doing the dishes years ago. I don't have dishwasher and the standing to do dishes, even for one...just myself...was more than I could bear.

    Someone may answer with their experience, but that is their experience.....not yours...esp when thinking of surgery.
    What works for one may be problematic to another.

    But you are right. There is comfort in chatting with others who know what you are going through. You are not alone!
    Sometimes hearing from others will bring more questions to your mind, and you can talk with your doctor about it.
    Your doctor knows you best and the two of you can make decisions that are best for you.

    You may find people with more in common with you as you look at the different forums developed around spinal issues. It really show how complicated the spine and its issues can be

    You may want to use the .....search....on this site, right upper on page. Type in your concerns and you may be led to previous posts, article, videos...all very informative..and expressed in every person language, so easy to understand.

    I wish you the very best!
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