I'm not referring to weights at the gym - I'm interested in every day activities that involve lifting something heavy and how that changes after surgery. I have a severe double curve and I'm planning to have the surgery next year. I can lift two 10 pound weights at the gym and do shoulder presses, but then I was lifting my 15lb cast iron griddle from the stove to the sink and threw out my back. I also experience problems lifting luggage into over-head compartments (I'm very short, which doesn't help) and if I try to pick up a child 25 lbs or heavier.
So my question to the group is this: how much weight could you lift before the surgery, and how does that change afterwards (once the restrictions are lifted, obviously)?