My name is Zoa Linsey and I am a professional athlete, personal trainer and lifestyle consultant. I wanted to introduce myself here as I have a unique story and a very different path to what I consider 'full recovery' after a huge herniated disk and ACDF surgery. This is due to the nature of my sport and goals as an athlete. I learned a lot on this board and was hoping that by sharing a little I could encourage some of you and perhaps, as a health and wellness expert, possibly help some of you understand the importance of nutrition and activity to healing well.
When deciding how to deal with a mammoth painful herniated disk diagnosed almost 7 weeks ago, which occurred 2 days before competing in the Ms. Olympia in Las Vegas (the super-bowl of bodybuilding for those who are not familiar with bodybuilding), I had read very little positive stories on-line, in fact most were enough to scare the *crap* out of me! I still made it up on stage, but was heavily medicated and in such pain, I barely made it through. I had prepared my whole life for this event, and being on this stage means that you are on of the top 10-15 bodybuilders in the entire world! So I struggled to make it up there, despite excruciating pain!
I also had a guest-posing engagement back in Japan (where I live) so had to wait an additional 1 1/2 weeks before getting home to Okinawa and seeing another surgeon. While in Vegas I had muscle injections, an epidural, 6 prescriptions, none of which eased any of the pain.
Due to the intense nature of the pain and the rapid decline of the muscle, I had a strong recommendation from my neuro-surgeons here in Okinawa (where I live) that I would need to have surgery immediately if I were to halt the extensive nerve damage and atrophy that was occurring already on the R. side of my body. The concern was more aesthetic and pain reduction, as b/c of the large amt of muscle I have already, my body was still completely functional (full movement). My other muscles were just taking over. And of course being unable to do anything due to the intense pain. Wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy!
I won't post my whole story here (too long) but just wanted to make a note that more than 4 weeks after my surgery I am doing cardio 30 min/day, light (at home) rehab type weights and am driving, sleeping in my own bed (on my side!) and feeling 100% relief from my initial pain. What I'm left with is a very atrophied R. tricep (long head) and a slightly numb R. Lat muscle. Because of my sport complete muscle development is very important (we are judged on aesthetics) so my concerns have been 3-fold after surgery:
1. recovery from surgery itself (reduction of pain and healing from incision, tissue damage etc)
2. healing of the bone graft 100% so I can return to heavy weight lifting
3. restoring the damaged muscle (growing the nerve back if possible!)
I usually make 'update' videos for my FB fan page (I'm not soliciting anything here, I have nothing to sell!) but wanted to share it with everyone here to bring you some hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So please chk it out if you're interested and throw me any questions you may have!
Of course listening to your doctor and not going beyond your level of recovery is important, but I wanted everyone here to know that there is hope! I gained a lot of information of this site so appreciate everyone on here already and wanted to give something back.
Thanks and hope I can continue to update if you are interested...just let me know...and I will keep posting!
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