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All in my head or what?

Heff-ManHHeff-Man Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hey everybody,

Havent wrote on this website in a while but ill just give you my story first in a nut shell.Basically had scoliosis and had two operations a few years back to correct it including a two rod fusion all the way up my back..was tough going but got through it in the end.Then had another surgery last year because one of the rods were loose and started to bludge outside my skin a bit so some of the rod got cut off.

Anywayz the reason that im writing this topic right now is that ive always been an active lad,im only 21 still and ever since my surgeries ive been a little slower when trying to be active and i havent really been playing sport the way i used to cus im always felt and still feel at times very tender around my body and also a bit of pain due to my surgeries but i do mostly think its all in my head as well.

I just feel that if i allow myself to be more and more active i might hurt myself or do damage to my back.Ive been running alot lately and was thinking of taking up more football with the lads and also tag rugby and golf.My back is suppose to be fine but sometimes i feel like its not cus its too tender or its painful at times but i think thats because i havent been using those muscles in a while.Im just really paranoid about my back and its suppose to be fine according to my surgeon and i dont want to be one of those people who used to be so fit and active to being slow and basically known as a old man or something.

I used to be so active with cross country,football,atletics,rugby(cant play it in college anymore due to my back),golf,tennis..you name it!. Now i feel that i can hardly run down the road without getting out of breath.Ive been running the last few days but its taken its toll on my body and on my mind as well.

If anyone could give us advice please do because i feel i can only talk to you people about this.Thanks for reading and so sorry about the long rant,i didnt mean to type this long.


  • Hi, and welcome back! Sounds to me, and correct me if I'm wrong, like the only thing holding you back is the fear of re-injuring yourself. Is pain an issue at all? If you are running, I'm sure you do realize that that is one of the worst things on your back. If you can run, I would think you could do much more, but again, I'm not clear on whether pain is an issue, or just fear.

    If your surgeon has given you an all clear, actually said "you can do anything unless it causes you pain", then you just need to get over the fear. I know exactly where that fear comes from. Usually you don't know something is going to cause pain until you are writhing on the floor, am I right? I know I had a point to make with this, but I am having a hard time articulating it.

    I do know you can't let fear direct how you live your life. If we all did so, there would not be astronauts, or doctors, or scientists, or teachers, or counselors, or even children anymore. I could name so much more. If you feel that fear is holding you back, maybe you need to talk to a therapist about them, learn how to face them and take them by the horns, before they impale you.

    Now, again, I know where you are coming from, and I am probably the last person that should be giving any kind of advice on fear, but take it for what it is: a bit of truth in the center of turmoil.

    I hope you find the answers you need. Take care!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H i am so glad you stopped by. :D it can be difficult to get back into activities we were once so terrific in. if you have the doctor's OK, start back in slowly. don't rush it!!! :D you will feel more confidant as time goes on.. and stop when you are at unease.. rest, and start again!! :? remember, your body is new to all this!! good luck and stop by anytime! :D Jenny :)
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  • i'm that old man who's spine has turned on him. youre going to get a kick in the butt from me. the dr said youre ok. get out there and start a good training routine. Don't push it too much in the beginning. feel it out, if youre hurtin take a day off. youve been inactive so youve got to be patient. youll get back to where you used to maybe even stronger :-C :-C :-C
  • It is only natural to feel apprehensive about doing more damage and the key here is balance and doing nothing in the longer term more problematic than having a go. The important thing is pacing and not to see every nuance of change in a negative aspect, all transition encapsulates success and some failure and you would not expect to return to increased activity worth some implication for how this would make you feel and determine the next step.

    Failure is part of success and not making simple changes into more than they need be a strategy than need patience and practice over time, the main reason most patients give up is that they go at the pace initially that is far too fast and as a consequence give up in that potential damage may be being done when the reality of this is not true, even when you have a diagnosis of degeneration as mine it would be foolish to wait about for something to happen on the basis that it may cause irreparable damage which for most part is not the case, we all have to be sensible and develop the new us as we go along, we may no longer be the person we once were but that does not mean that we cannot improve with determination and the correct support and guidance.

    Take care and keep going.

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