Last November I was diagnosed with a massive (11mm) herniation at L5 S1. I was told at that time I needed a fusion. However, I was overweight. I was going to rush getting the 70+ pounds off. However, because of what the herniation was doing to the nerve, they decided to do a diskectomy. I was told I might not need the fusion after all, only time will tell. I had the surgery in January, felt better, and by April a lot of the old pain was back. He took an x-ray and told me the disk was 100% collapsed and surgery was a definite. By this time I had only lost 20 of the 75 pounds I needed to lose.
Basically, I am still only down 20 pounds, and my back is getting worse everyday. I just finished having a massive crying session. :''( "Poor me", the whole bit. Only you all know what it's like not being able to live a normal life. Watching how you get out of a chair, pain after putting 3 dishes in the dishwasher, not being able to trick or treat with your kids...... I am so tired of feeling like crap, and hurting all the time! You would think that this would be enough motivation to kick myself in the a** and lose the damn weight, huh? :?? Geesh! It's a viscous cycle. I eat cause I can't move, and I can't move cause I eat. BTW, I have tried every exercise out there, and it all caused pain.
So, if anyone of you have experienced my struggle, please let me know. ~X( Also, if any of you were overweight and had the surgery, I'd be interested to know. Not that it's going to change my docs mind, but I'm just curious.