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about me and my back issues
Thanks for reading my first post. Here is a quick history about me. I am 29 years old very active in pursuit of becoming a bodybuilder. I first noticed my lumbar spine was different when i was 23 i lifted something inncorrectly and felt a pop seen some stars. I went to my doctor who recommend a spine specialist. I had my first MRI and they found stenosis and rapid disk degeneration. my first surgery was a minor diskectomy at the L5-S1 level it was quick and easy i was on my feet in no time. no long after that i was playing hockey and again felt a pop and seen stars but this time it was worst the onset was pretty nasty and pain,weakness,numbness ect kept getting worst. i was set for another MRI.
After this MRI they found that L3-L4 was severly prolapsed and the stenosis at this level was not helping my situation.The hospital and surgeon dragged their feet and kept me on steroids and pain meds and I gained 110lbs before they performed my second surgery L3-L4 diskectomy and Laminectomy. I had complications they ended up tearing a large hole in the dura and i developed a blood clot they had to reopen me fix the dura and remove a clot and install a drain.
after the recovery and PT i vowed to lose the weight and learn as much as i could about the spine. I ended up getting involved with weight lifting and I was hooked on it mainly because my doctors said i couldn't do anything physical. I was doing well up into August of 2012 i was performing heavy squats and it was like deja vu heard and felt a pop and almost stapled myself to the floor with 325lbs on my back. i lasted 3weeks with doing physical therapy at home i went to a different hospital a better one in Boston they did a MRI and found that L4-L5 had prolapsed pretty severely and i needed to make a choice on the spot. That friday i was in for surgery diskectomy, laminectomy at L4-L5. since i was in the best shape of my life i was out of the hospital same day back to work in a week and back to the gym in 4weeks.
I was doing well in the best shape of my life 5'11 215lbs and 10%body fat. I was working out at a very small gym made for people like myself and i was performing an exercise and the floor board shifted and i had a mass amount of weight pull me backwards again felt and heard a pop seen stars. I took a week off the gym rehabed the injury and i felt great up to the week of thanksgiving I started to have weird pressure sensations and weakness in my left hip to my foot didn't think anything kept trying the rehab work i already knew but the pain and pressure kept getting worst. On Dec 8th i was at the gym finished up a solid workout i was stretching my lower back and i did hanging traction felt a pop and then a warm sensation i looked down and I'm not afraid to say it wet my pants. i slowly let myself back to the ground stumbled to the shower cleaned up and got home. went to bed woke up covered in urine again went to the ER. they got me in for MRI where the found that S1 has slid forward and up into the spinal space it crushed the disk and completely collapsed it and L2-L3 had a massive prolapse aswell. they also found that all my lumbar disks are deteariorated and the lumbar region has mass amounts of stenosis.
Dec 9th i was admitted into the hospital they performed a L5-S1 TLIF with instrumentaion L2-L3 laminectomy and diskectomy.
I'm 7weeks out of the surgery and I'm still in a moderate amount of pain but really left wondering a few things, 1:how much sensation will come back since i have lost sensation in some of my foot and outter calf area and 2:with the amount of stenosis and disk disease i have down there how much longer till my next fusion. I keep my head high and plug through waiting to get back to the gym and prove to myself this will not get me down and i will bounce back yet again with hopes that the three other areas with out the lamina and previous prolapsed disks hold up and i can keep the dream of becoming a bodybuilder alive.
after every operation you must push on