I never in a million years thought this would ever happen to me. Background. I'm 63 male, my doctor has constantly told me my heart and overall conditioning is close to that of guys 20-30 years younger than me. I swim 2 miles a week, an average bike ride for me is 25-40 miles, I used to run alot, not as much as of late. Last spring I won the stair climb for the 50 and over age group, 200 stories in under 26 minutes. i like to back pack/hike I play the drums, and basically try to do it all. So a few months ago when I buddy of mine asked if I wanted to do a 4 day hike I jumped on it. Here is where you need to pay attention. This is not the first time I've heavy packed, once or so a year I do it. This year our packs were around 50 pounds, we carried everything we needed for the entire trip on our back. we walked up and down switch backs with inclines of 2-3000 feet, the second day I felt a sensation in my leg, I just happened to have my physical schedule for 3 days after the trip. The doctor wrote it off as leg cramps which I could understand, one week later I couldn't get out of bed, the pain in my right thigh was excruciating , so bad I had my wife drive me to the hospital, The MRI showed a herniated disc between L3 abd L4, after research I'm told its also called spinal steno-sis. I went to a neurosurgeon who was highly recommended by my doctor. He said the protocol for this was drugs/injections/ therapy/last resort operation. I've been going through living hell the last two months, I never knew pain like this, prior to the operation (which was a week ago Monday) my leg pain was off the charts. It really didn't matter to me at this point how it happened , backpacking or not. for sure didn't help it. Not sure what was more painful the leg pain or back injections. I was like a 6 year old on that table crying like a baby when that needle went into my back. twice we did that no positive results at all.
as I sit here tonight, my peg pain is gone but near the incision I have an area that is swollen some, my wife says it feels hard under it. That part is REALLY painful now. I hope I just didn't trade leg pain for back pain for the rest of my life? I've been (reluctantly ) following doctors orders, only walking since the operation, today I could not walk a mile my back was killing me. anyway, I used to have some muscle for an old guy, I've lost 10 pounds now look like a stick and probably could not lift 30 pounds. My grand kids are confused at age 3 and 6 mostly the 6 year old she knew how active I was, now its like seeing a 90 year old PaPa. Im depressed as hell. so thats my story apologize for the grammer and spelling not myself