i thankful i found this site. i didn't think there was any place like this on the web (found this 5 days ago), so i started a blog after my surgery, so others can learn from my post op experience.https://myspinalfusionjourney.blogspot.com/?m=1
i am 11 days post op from minimally invasive anterior fusion at level l5-s1. i have been dealing with sciatic pain randomly for years shutting down into my glute. i was usually able to rectify it by going to the chiropractor for a few months. but last year i herniated my l5-s1 during a workout at the gym. after 4 month's of pain finally went to a pain dr. my pain immediately went away. i was so thankful! took it really easy at the gym and at crossfit for 5-6 months but then reherniated it bad during a heavy pr lift. didn't realize it till a couple days later i hurt myself. i should have backed off from my workouts but i didn't. so for over a month i worked out through the pain and now this time the pain meds didn't help. went through series of injections, nothing helped. i finally had to go on medical leave from work because the pain became so bad.
i was super athletic and fit before my surgery. my heart is in road cycling, crossfit and triathlons (from time to time). my dream is to get back to it after my healing. i will never lift super heavy again, and there is many lifts i will so never do again at all, even though my surgeon said i can crossfit again with modifications. i do not ever want to have to go through this surgery ever again. i've been through some tough stuff in my life but this has truly been one of the hardest. especially with still having so many questions about my future.
i'm very independent so this recovery is even more frustrating. i hate asking for help. but each day has been getting better and i am so so thankful for that!!
thanks for letting me join this great forum!