I went for my first Dr visit post-surgery today. And I think I had placed my Dr in shock. When he entered the room, he was jaw dropped because I was bending over picking up a set of keys I had dropped.
He looked at my incision and then placed the MRI on the lighted board to go over what was done. I "thought" I just had a regular discectomy, but it turns out the disc was so bad they did a full disc replacement - News to me!!
As the conversation went on, he just seemed shocked at how well I was doing. He kept asking me if I was telling him the truth about pain levels and the like.
He had me do several "range of motion" activities and he just shook his head. He said I am in the 99 percentile for people who have had disc replacement surgery - In other words, I am ahead of 99% of others who have had this surgery.
It was decided/guessed that by me living with back pain for over 30 years, that I have probably built up a sort of immunity to back pain and the healing that goes with the surgery. But once the nerve got crushed, even that immunity couldn't handle it, thus the severe pain that forced the surgery.
He wants to use me in some kind of case study. So I guess I am gonna be his guinea pig or something. He said I would be compensated and all further treatments and tests like MRI/CT etc would be paid for. Hey, my back may be a star!
As long as I behave, he is releasing me back to work this Monday - 3 weeks to the day after surgery. His only orders were to use common sense:
1. No lifting over 20 pounds
2. When lifting, do not twist
3. Improve my posture when sitting
4. Do some core exercises
I still have the S1-L5 DDD to deal with as well as the arthritis, but I am really feeling good about things.
Lastly - I asked him about riding my motorcycle and he said he could see no problem doing so as long as it was road cruising and I used good judgment - I can do that!!!!!