Before surgery I had no problems lifting and could lift very heavy objects. I am six months post op and haven't traveled by plane yet (overhead bins can be difficult!!) but asked my doctor about lifting suitcases and such and he said, go for it! We are flying to DC in April and I plan to hoist my own carry on luggage in to the overhead bin. I am tall so that does help. I go to the grocery store and lift boxes of bottled water. The key is to keep the heavy object as close to your body as possible. I've lifted other heavy things with no problems.
50 years old!!!!!
Wore Milwaulkee Brace 1976-77
Original curve 36 degrees ( measured in the 70s)
Advanced to 61 degrees 01/2011
Fused T1-L2 (curve now in the 20s!)