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today I worked cutting logs and digging

craigjxbccraigjxb Posts: 2
edited 08/29/2015 - 7:42 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After 2 years , being really careful about what I did , ( i had a L4 L5 L5 S1 fusion) , I went out and basically went back to what I used to do .
I chainsawed trees , cut two down , cut up the timber into firewood sizes , and dug out 3 stumps. Im really sore , but it is only the muscles surrounding the fusion ..
Im nervous about how the next few days will be / but really happy to finally get back to doing some bloke stuff.
I would appreciate some advice , if anyone has really got back to their old hard work

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    I know what you are saying, at times in the past 35 years, I've done some of what you are talking about.
    Paid the price
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  • dilauro said:
    I know what you are saying, at times in the past 35 years, I've done some of what you are talking about.
    Paid the price
    Can you elaborate. Paid the price as in? 1) Short term pain 2) long term pain 3)require another surgery?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    Mostly in short term flare ups (3-5 weeks)
    1 additional surgery for sure L4/L5
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  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 160
    edited 08/30/2015 - 5:11 AM
    What took you a day to do. Might take 3 days to do now. I was able to cut my grass in two hours. Now it takes 3 days, Do alittle every day. I have 24/7 pain from a large fusion. If I try to much one day, im done for days. Can hardly walk. I hate pain pills. Its only been 8 months for me. Take your time and go slow. I do. I am not going to have another surgery. This one was bad enough.
    Greg fisher
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 728
    Dear Craigjxb

    I think you are just asking for trouble... but that is just my personal opinion.

    I had a an L4-L5-S1 PLIF fusion in May of 2013... after 12 months of recovery and PT I felt like a million bucks. So I went back to doing the bloke stuff just like you. It felt really great and satisfying. Unfortunately it only lasted for about 4-5 months until I started to feel at first some minor siactic pain in my lower right leg which within a few weeks grew to be an intolerable pain down the full length of my leg. I went in for some scans and doctor said that I had badly herniated my L3-L4 disc and that it was crushing my spinal nerve column... I had also 'broken' the L5-S1 fusion. I was devastated and ending up going back in for a second round of surgery.

    The doctor said that for the rest of my life (I'm 62) that even if I feel good I should limit what I lift to no more than 5 kgs as the large fused L4-L5-S1 lumbar will 'over stress' the L3-L4 disc (not fused) and cause it to herniate again. He said that if that occured he would have to fuse the L3-L4 lumbar and from there things would probably domino up my back due the large section of fused lower lumbar mass pressing on the smaller upper discs.

    Considering all of the months of pain, surgery trama, and many many months of recovery I plan to listen to the doctor 100% this time. I would rather give-up some of the bloke stuff for a surgery free/pain free life. Sure it hurts to say/do that but such is life sometimes... I've grown to accept that I can't do what I did when I was 15-20 years younger... in fact it was those actions that got me here.

    Once again... just my personal opinion.

    Best Regards,
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I think Harry explained it the best but please keep us updated. In my opinion, when we feel better or have a good day, we tend to over do it. Best of luck to you my friend.
  • In addition to Craig's report on how his physical activities have turned out,

    I'm interested in hearing from folks, what kind of "normal" bloke activities have they resumed 'safely'. Safely meaning, nothing more than minor issue of handful of days.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    It's amazing that athletes can return after fusion yet normal people can't mow grass after. I'm sure there are many reasons for this , but I find it interesting to ponder
    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.
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