4 back surgeries the last 7 years. one laminectomy and 2 fusions and one hardware removal plus a laser diskectomy and all of the medications i take plus lack of exercise. does all of the previous things cause a drop in life expectancy? i know i have gained weight due to the inability to exercise because when i have a fusion my dr says i can't lift bend or twist for 6-8 months. will all of this cause a lack of living or are these not relevant to my life? the only thing i worry about is the weight gain. when i was able to before, i swam and played some tennis lightly. before all of this i was an animal on the tennis court. swimming seems to help but as mentioned, my fr has limiited my physical behavior because i am recovering from a fusion. is there any research on this subject? if all i have to worry about is losing weight, then i will be happy. it seems that all of this laying about will reduce my living. does anyone have any ideas about a good weight reduction program? and please no commercial endorsements for weight loss . i remember the old phen phen program and that was the best weight loss program i have ever been on but it is illegal to get them now
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.