I'm new to this forum and just want to ask some people here how they've lived their life after similar surgeries.
An intro - i am a 16 year old, overweight male, about 6 ft. tall and had a L4-5 and L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminotomy about 11 months back. Surgery went fine, and everything's been going really well. I am able to walk about 20 kms at a stretch without any sort of discomfort to my back. All daily activities are pain-free and i've never had any sciatica pain after the surgery. I haven't really done ANY medium-high impact exercise/activity ever since the disc herniated in July, 2014. I was a great footballer and cricketer, but haven't played any sports ever since surgery and recently got a desire to start cycling and getting in shape at the gym.
I've been told at discharge not to lift weights, but i believe 11 months is enough time for the back to heal up. How's the idea of cycling on a well leveled surface and doing some treadmill, cross-trainer, and small weights (about 7 kgs) for my shoulders and arms?
I'm sure there are many here with the same type of surgery, and i'd love to hear how they kept themselves active and out of a re-herniation. Thanks! Welcome to Spine-Health
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