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Will i ever be the same again 18 years old

dennis420ddennis420 Posts: 1
edited 04/22/2015 - 7:06 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hey guys this is my first time i have used this site but i just had my first surgery. i was in brasil and ended up falling a fracturing my L1 vertebra and caused my spine to become an abnormal shape. i had surgery down their because one it was free and two the doctor recommended it because my chances of have a good recovery where slim with no surgery. they ended up putting 8 screws and two 8inch metal rods to fuse my back. i was wondering am i every going to be the same, can i ride my dirt bike in the future am i going to be able to lift weights am i going to be able to bend down and touch my toes and for being so young is this going to make my life a living hell for the rest of it. i dont know any advice is welcomed maybe some younger people going though this or any one in general


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  • With any injury, Its hard to say if things will be the same. You could come close to being normal but you could still have limitations. Any time any alterations to ones body, even if its just normal wear and tear, your body changes.
    Tracie C
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  • im sorry for all that you are going through. I am currently 16 and had my first fusion when I was 14 and since then I had 2 more fusions done. Don't let that worry you though because I'm not the normal case by far! However here is my word of advice or at least what has helped me. I have found it helpful to see a psychologist because with this surgery and having pain there can be plenty of built up anger or sadness that a psychologist can help you cope. The other piece is that -while every surgeon differs- surgeons want you to get back to being as normal as possible. They would recommend not doing dangerous things but in the long run they want you to live a normal life and go back to your normal activities which for example- people with chronic pain have shown in studies that going back to normal activities help their pain decrease faster than with meds. Meds will never be the answer completely and may not be the answer whatsoever. You also need to come to terms that if you have chronic pain that it may never go away completely. In the long run though your surgeon wants to do normal activities however they may need to be modified in order to make sure the fusion doesn't have issues. As the bone grows it becomes stronger than the metal so they need to wait for that to grow and you should be able to continue the activities you love after the correct amount of time has happened :) good luck!
  • Hey Dennis. I'm sorry to hear that at this young age you had to undergo this kind of traumatic event.

    With that kind of accident there were many chances you could have never walked again so you are a lucky guy and should appreciate life just for this reason.
    Don't be disheartened though. There is life after back surgery :).

    Can't do motor cross bike? Get into kite flying man :) Can't lift heavy weights? Lift moderate weights they build muscle too. Trust me. Can't touch your toes? Why on earth would you need to do that for anyways?
    Can't touch your toes then touch knees or any other part of the body.

    Dennis my point is that life is beautiful buddy. You are 18 and there are so many other things you will be able to do.
    Take care buddy.
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