Recovering from spinal fusion

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tarmackev
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by tarmackev

Hello chaps

I've had back trouble since 2009, after MRI's and CT scans the NHS here in the UK have put me in for surgery in the next few weeks, I've had my pre-op so I'm just waiting for a date.
I haven't been able to cycle properly for a couple of years and the last 18 months I've done nothing.

I'm having a cage out in rather than rods, they go in through the front, it's a bigger operation than titanium rods but it's far more successful.

I just wondered if anyone else has had a similar procedure and how long it was before they where back on the bike?

On a related note if you're a cyclist with a bad back get an MRI, I paid to see three different physio's and all gave me a different diagnosis that was completely wrong and a total waste of money.

I have on degenerative disc, it's bulged, herniated and now there's nothing left at all between the vertebrae. I've been in tramadol for a few years, without it I wouldn't have been able to function.

I can't wait to get back to normal, I won't be going crazy on the bike, 5-10 hours a week. I can't even remember what it's like to ride a bike without pain.



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by Juanmoretime

Just follow your doctor's instructions. If you missed 18 month a few more won't hurt and you do want to heal correctly.

I have back issues too. Laterally Bulging discs al L5 and S1 from too many years and miles as a runner. Degenerative disc disease at C6 and C7 from landing on my head in a mountain bike crash. They are 50% of their normal size. Between stretching and strength exercises I've avoided surgery but someday it may catch up with me.

Heal well, you will be back before you know it.
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Mines L5 S1, everything else is fine so I'm hoping I can get back to at least 70% of normal.
I had an MRI 2 years ago and there was a tiny bit of disc, the last MRI there was nothing.

I hope you manage to keep yours at bay and continue to stay fit and strong.


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i had a laminectomy at l5/s1 july 2015. it completely changed my life after i guess about 10 years of chronic back pain. these days i try not to stress the back with large weights and am able to ride and am pain free. i cannot believe how much time i wasted with various therapies which never addressed the issue of the herniated disc. it took sciatica to force me to get an mri based on physio's recommendation. so much good stuff has come of that.

i wish you well with the surgery and hope you'll be pain free post op and on your bike again in no time.
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tarmackev
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That's great to hear.


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tarmackev
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by tarmackev

I'm 10 days in to recovery and my back feels great.
L4 L5 fusion, they took bone from my hip.
They went in through the front.
My insides felt quite banged up and there was hip pain from where they took bone but overall it's not as bad as I thought.
There's an improvement daily.
Fortunate to have the NHS in the UK, the full experience was fantastic.
Still a long way off riding a bike but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The only thing that irks me is all the physiotherapists who happily took my money and gave me a diagnosis.
I'd think if my symptoms weren't obvious they'd air on the side of caution.
Lesson learned there.


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by xrs2

Ah my friend please continue to keep us updated on your progress.

I might need a C5-C6 fusion shortly. Very tired of hydrocodone...and even worse I've had to ride a recumbent for the last 6 months. All I want to do is get back on a normal bike.

tarmackev
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by tarmackev

I'm 7 weeks in to recovery and it's all going well.
I'm doing light gym work and I'm pretty much pain free.
Still 10-12 weeks before everything is solid.
My biomechanics have changed also so my body is getting used to that.

I put off surgery as I thought people probably needed the surgery before me.
Being in the hospital I realised I was in a worse state than most and I should have gone for surgery earlier.

If you're a cyclist with back trouble I'd say get an MRI before you waste money on a physio.
Also there were people having bulging discs and protruding vertebrae shaved down and they where out of hospital and walking fine in 36 hours.

The NHS have been incredible.


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