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rich1752
11-30-2010, 12:05 AM
I had my surgery on December 9th of 2009, so I am almost one year post op. Today was the second day at the gym. I did the elliptical for 45 minutes and some light weights. has anybody ever tried running. I had T10 to L5 fused and rods. I am 38 years old and was very active before. I have not tried to run or even jog since my surgery. I have been scared to try.

thanks,
rich

BadKitty
11-30-2010, 12:36 AM
Hi Rich --
Your best bet is to start out asking your surgeon if you can get back into running, given your level of fusion and how much you have healed since it's been a year. Everyone's situation is different, and since you still have flexibility in the lumbar area, it might be possible.

My doctor told me I have to give up running, but I was fused from T11 to the sacrum since I also had a totally degenerated disc and spondylolisthesis at L4-5. He said the impact factor of running would be too great for me, but that I can walk...not something I wanted to hear, since I'd been running since 1983. But I can live with it. I'm post-op five weeks tomorrow, and walking almost 2 miles a day.

Good luck getting to run again!

titaniumed
11-30-2010, 03:15 PM
Rich

Congratulations on 1 year.

Running is something I can do, even though it isnít the most pleasant feeling.....I guess you could say that I have to put a tad more effort into it.

How is the bottom holding up?
Ed

JenniferG
11-30-2010, 04:35 PM
I'm another whose surgeon advised me not to run, to save those unfused vertebra above the fusion. I'm happy to give this up, though I do find myself running to the grandkids occasionally, so I know I can still do it.

To keep fit, try power walking, it's great. I also kayak and use an eliptical.

lisa7
12-05-2010, 12:40 PM
Hi rich! I am almost one year post op (surgery was 1/13/10) I was fused the exact same levels as you were and I am 38. I was also very active prior to surgery. My surgeon dr. Boachie advised me not to run because it would put too much pressure on the only disc I have left between my lumbar and sacrum. I need to preserve it for as long as I can. Instead of running I get an amazing low impact high cardio workout with indoor cycling classes. I also use the elliptical and do power walking outside. Strength training is also important. It builds muscle and keeps your bones strong! Best of luck to you and congrats on your remarkable recovery! One Year!!!! YAY!!!!! : )

katieb
12-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Hi Rich,

I am having T 10 - L5 fused on Dec. 21. I am really curious how you felt afterwards. I am 41 years old and very active. I competed in my first triathlon this summer and really hope it will not be my last. I work out 6 days a week and enjoy running. Did you not go back to the gym for a year because of Dr's orders or you just were not physically up to it? How are feeling now back at the gym?

Katie

rich1752
12-08-2010, 12:51 AM
Katie,
I did a month of physical therapy about 5 months post op, but did very light weights and a lot of core training. I was very active before surgery. I went to the gym 7 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I have not tried running, I am scared to run because of the last disc. I can run, but I'm waiting to build up my core muscles before I try. I want to compete in half marathon next year, that is my goal. I feel good now! I am doing an hour elliptical and a three mile walk. I also do light weights, but can't weight to hit it hard. Good luck on your surgery, katie!

rich

katieb
12-08-2010, 11:03 AM
Hi Rich,

I am so happy for you and glad to hear you are feeling well. The 1/2 marathon is great goal. It is making me crazy going to the gym and working out these last couple of weeks and knowing i will not be able to do it for so long. I am just looking forward to a praying for the day I will up to it again.


Katie

rich1752
12-08-2010, 04:49 PM
Katie,

good luck on your surgery! Tomorrow is my anniversary and can't believe that it has been a year. I remember after surgery, learning how to walk at the hospital. I also had some complications in the hospital, which landed me in ICU. I waited a full year to workout, in order for my rods and screws to fully stabilize. I'm glad I did. Let me know if you have any questions about the surgery.
rich

katieb
12-08-2010, 09:07 PM
Rich,

OMG I have soo many questions. What is it really like after surgery? How is the pain does the pain pump really work to control the pain. How long after surgery before you got up to walk? How was it. How were you when you got home? How long before you were feeling ok? I mean before you started to feel better/normal. Tell me anything and everything that sticks out in your mind. Do you feel the hardware now? What can't you do now that you used to be able to do? So okay maybe send me private message, not sure how to do that but guess I will figure it out.

Thx,
Katie