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Hello everyone, it’s been awhile since I’ve been here which is usually an indication of doing well, and I was. Unfortunately I ( like most people) have a family to support and had to find new employment. I’ve tried a few jobs that I was qualified for but couldn’t adapt, I’ve finally found something that I like that kept me moderately physical and is enjoyable but starting to require infrequent heavy lifting. My doctors basically warned me of any employment that involves lifting but has no recommendations to help as with the state and everyone else for that matter. I’m not looking for medical advice but I’m just wondering if it’s possible to aggravate the muscles around the fused segment. I was given fair warning about the degenerated discs above the fused l5/s1. At the present time my back is burning, I can’t tell if it’s at the l5 s1 or above. I certainly don’t want to return to my prior condition but I am too old to be re educated and not skilled enough for other work. At some point I will persevere and find a safe career, I’m just wondering if anybody else had experienced an aggravated back from over doing it long after a fusion. Presently I’m fully committed to getting my body to the best weight/ shape and health to compensate for my weak back. I was told that I couldn’t ruin the fusion but at the same time told to stay away from heavy lifting, any experiences would be helpful. I know I sound like an idiot looking for trouble but no one is going to pay my bills and I wouldn’t want that .I just want to be back in the workforce without jeopardizing my back