Hi I just want to share some of my story.. i just joined yesterday and i noticed that i was talking about my bad days mostly. But I would like to talk about all the good days now.
This is my personal story and i dont know how typical it is but here it is.
I got injured in 07 lifting an injured individual, after 3 epidurals and therapy i was able to come back to work with no restrictions after 5.5 months, I guess I had an annular tear and a disc protusion on L5 S1, the third ESI finally gave me the relief to be able to get the benefit of the therapy at the time i really wanted a discogram or another study to make sure as to the real extent of my injury, it didnt happened.
went back to work no restrictions and i did great for 7 months, and i got hurt ....yes you guess it right same area same disc but this time bad, bad. another 3 epidurals ddnt do it this time
injured this last january surgery on May it has been almost 6 months and i been very lucky, I had a complete disc replacement L5 S1 with a prodisc, long story short my surgeon/and primary DOc gave me the clearance to start doing some sports, and my lifting restrictions are getting higher and higher, altough i'm not pain free i can go most of the day feeling normal, and it sounds like i will be returning to work no restrictions in a few weeks.
i'm spinning, running, lifting weights, swimming, started with otherr sports, I CAN TOUCH MY TOES.
I HAVE RELIGIOUSLY FOLLOWED MY DOCTORS RESTRICTIONS, and its working out,
thank you all for listening, i had very bad days when i tought i wasnt going to be able to perform normal functions and now i can do pretty much anything i want.
I am blessed and all the pain will hopefully be a memory very soon.
Now there were a lot of people that listened to me and gave me support. I want to be the same way to people if you need someoone to talk to.
Im not a doctor or nothing like that and believe that the people that is better fit and qualified to answer limitations, and treatment are the Pt, MD's etc.
ok now good luck and contact me if you need someone to correspond to.