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cpriceccprice Posts: 7
edited 01/06/2016 - 6:39 PM in Recovering from Surgery
What are the best shoes or inserts for after back surgery? Hello all! I am new here! I amalso 21 years old and I had my L5 disc burst just before Christmas! I am in healthcare on my way to becoming a nurse so I am on my feet a lot! So I need to know what the best shoes or inserts are for recovery and the rest of my life :) and any other advice!
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    I don't know about shoes but the best advice I can give you about your post surgery is that you MUST be careful and aware that your back will NEVER be 100% again for the rest of your life. You didn't say but I'm assuming your surgeon performed a discectomy which means that he/she cut away the herniated portion of your L5 disc. That disc will NOT grow back... it will only scar over. It is not like when you cut your hand and your skin grows back just like new. This means that your L5 disc will NEVER be 100% again for as long as you live. That disc will be venerable to further damage if you overly jar or stress your back since it is not as thick and compliant as before the blow out. If you don't pay attention to this you can potentially end up eventually needing fusion surgery like so many of us here. Being careful doesn't been you can't be active you just need to be more aware and more careful in the future regarding stressing your back... and maybe even make some lifestyle changes. Some of us have learned this lesson the hard way... hopefully you won't have to join us.
    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
  • That's exactly what I had done! I'm the type of person who is constantly on the go and is always wanting to do something. I have had multiple surgeries in the past for other issues such as my knee shoulder and gallbladder. All those were easy recoveries compared to this. I thought I was ready and prepared to go back to work. But 3 weeks post op was definitely to early! Thanks for the advice! Il definitely watch myself and try to take it easier in life. I had a goal of one day running marathons and I still would love to but I'm am insanely scared that I won't be able to because of my back. I'm only 21 and I feel as though I 81!
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