I am new to the forum so I apologize if this topic has been discussed prior to this post. Long story short, this past January 2017, I was 16 years removed from my 3-level, anterior/posterior L5, L4 and L3 fusion when I was 27 years old. I have 6 screws and a 7" titanium rod on the "inside" of spine (My intestines were moved out for them to get to that area). My surgery was 10 hours long and it was about 8 months before I was able to freely walk around my yard. I was horribly addicted to the pain meds for 3 years but was successfully able to get clean and sober and have been for nearly 14 years. Now, I did everything my surgeons told me to do post-op. I walked as much as I could humanly stand, I had quit smoking about 6 months prior to the surgery. Once I was able, I went back to the gym, started lifting weights again (slowly), started cycling which I still do to this day and have hiked 4 of the highest peaks in the Northeast over the past 2 years. In a nutshell, my surgery was a success and I attribute my recovery to my younger age, discipline in the gym and pushing through daily aches and pains to get my body and core strong. Of course I have bad days and I am not always as positive but for the most part, I am lucky and I know it.
I am looking here to determine what, if anything, can be done to help my flexibility and I am also starting to get some fears regarding the other levels beginning to break down and going in for more surgery is downright terrifying for me. I wish I could post a few pics so that you could see what I am dealing with scar wise. I don't really have anyone to bounce things off of in this respect as my surgeons are long gone and my PCP can't even comprehend what this surgery entailed. I would love to hear from folks that had similar surgery, found other ways of reducing scar tensions and anything involved in where I am in my recovery. Thanks in advance.