I am 20 years old and have had a chronic back injury for 4 years. I've had several degenerated discs and herniated discs L4, L5. I have had so many procedures and gone to so many doctors it's not even funny. In December of 2012 I had a microdiscectomy to correct the problem, and it worked. Then after months after no pain relief, we discovered that I had a reoccurrence and that the disc actually popped out again. So we waited a little bit, and this past June of 2014, I had a full discectomy and spinal fusion to try and correct the issue for good. It has been a long road to recovery, and one that I know will continue to take time. My doctor is not allowing me to do ANY physical activity other than walking until early december. He says he wants to wait until the bones completely fuse, and does not want me to risk further injury. I understand why completely, but it is so hard knowing that I'll be unable to dance (I teach dance for a small dance company), or do yoga for that long. I have also noticed that while I've been recovering, I've gained a little weight. I understand that this is normal because of the decrease in activity, but I am just at a loss for what I can do as a substitute.
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas/suggestions on ways to get exercise, maybe any food plans that anyone had to loose weight and stay healthy while going through the very long recovery process.
I was also hoping for any support, positive reports, or success stories that anyone had as well. This has been a really difficult situation to deal with, and has put me in a pretty dark place. I feel hopeless, discouraged, and like no one really understands what I'm dealing with.