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Does this mean I am "normal" again?

kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Good News
On January 1st, 0f this new year I celebrated the 8-month-anniversary of my fusion surgery. I think I am about 99% better than before. No complaints. Well, maybe my stamina is not where I would like it to be, but then I am 72 years old, so I should be satisfied. Usually a short rest is all I need then I can continue on with my activities. This surgery couldn’t have gone better, especially as far as pain is concerned (or rather, the lack of it). I am almost completely back to my pre-surgery activities, although I watch certain moves, especially twisting, as I don’t want to weaken the vertebra above the fusion site.

Today, I celebrated a special milestone: since the end of April, this was the first time I went back to my regular exercise class for muscle toning. I really need this, as the other day when I looked at my calves, to my horror, I discovered that my previously well-defined muscles turned into flab! Ditto for my upper arms! So I thought it was time to get back into action and resume my classes. I know I can’t do everything, but I decided that in that case I just do a modified version of the move, or replace it with one I learned at PT. This was no problem, as I found out that my teacher, is about 6 months pregnant, so she is also modifying some of her movements. Overall, I probably did about 50% of the exercises with the class, the rest were modifications or substitutions. One thing I did with the others was doing the lounges, six times the length of the room. I bet tomorrow I will be in pain, but that is fine, this is the good kind of pain, and can tolerate it.

So does that mean that I am "norma;" ("new normal"?)




  • Well yeah! Geez. I would expect to see you sitting in a recliner not in an excercise class! Super human comes to mind before normal does. Congratulations to you for getting back out there and doing all that you can. Next time it will be easier. I'm 42 and can't drag my lazy self to an exercise class to save my life! Way to go! <:P
  • Kin, sounds like you are doing pretty darn good - congratulations!
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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  • I'm just a bit over a month post-op. I'm riding a recumbent exercise bike, walking an hour at a crack, and 80% of the time managing on Tylenol alone. Looking forward to my second week of work. I love to hear medium to long term success stories like yours because I am mentally committed to getting back to a normal, pain-free life. Think positive.
  • That amazing!! I think you will continue to do better and better and feel incredible. Keep it up!!

  • kinpin,
    i am speechless!!
    this absolutley makes me more determained to achive my goals in life.
    you are an inspiration to us all =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
    i hope you truely sucseed in everything you do in life.
    72yrs off age!!!you are amazing!!

    LOVE P
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  • That is awesome. I'm so happy you're able to excercise again. You're a young 72 to me! Keep up the good work. It gives us hope. TC. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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