Had an ALIF done for L5/S1 October 20, 2015. Currently 2 months post op. Progress has been ok, most discomfort when getting out of bed in the morning, it all feels stiff and sore and painful. I live alone and do daily tasks by myself, sometimes with the back brace, sometimes without. I spend a lot of my free time lying down, and I do my walking every other day usually.
So I did something stupid on December 24, 2015. I'm an avid tennis player and for christmas I got my dream racket (pure aero). I JUST HAD to try it out, and I was feeling pretty good that day. All the court were frozen over but there's a wall nearby I can hit off of. So yeah, I hit a ball against the wall for about 15 minutes. Forehand, backhand, it all happened. I found that 1) that racket is awesome, and 2) I was fatigued in the trunk area. DIrectly after this, I just felt tired.
Since then, I've continued to have pain in the trunk area, and some pain down the leg. It lessens as the day goes on but I'm worried that perhaps I may have dislodged the bone graft stimulator thingie? Does that happen? The doctor said that strenuous activity would make the bone not fuse, which I understand. But it was a one-time thing, certainly won't do that again until way later down the road.
I am reluctant to go back to the ortho because I've gone back like 4 times worried about little pains here and there and it always shows that I'm ok. My next appt is in 3 weeks or so. Any thoughts? Has anyone returned to sports too early and just basically died?
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