- Mar 2, 2007
I am looking for a little advice from some old timers here who may have experienced something like I am going through. I have been here a while, I don't post often however I read lots. I am 45 and I have had some serious injuries over time to both my shoulder and back. I just found out this past Thursday that after a L4-L5 fusion I went through on 8/2/2007 I now need the next level fused. They also advised the previous fusion didn't take and I now need L4-S1 fused. They are going in around the first week of December and going to remove the rods and screws, refuse the old fusion and then add to the next level. It will be another long and difficult recovery a head of me. When all said and done 6 scews and 2 rods. I have never been "BIG", but I have been in very good shape for a long time. Some local competitions years ago! I have never used steroids, but I have used pro homones over time. (I realize I may get blasted for that statement, but because of my job, the consequences out weighed me losing my career). I see my body going through some changes that I have never delt with before and I am not so sure how exactly to deal with that. Due to current back issues and pain, I have been out of the gym almost 2 months now. I know I have to change my mindset for my love for the gym and lifting weights. Are there any of you who have had to deal with something like this and any thoughts or ideas to help me get to a healthier place during this long recovery process. Obviously I know I need to change eating habits since little to no exercise can be done for a while. Discipline will be huge getting through the holidays. Thanks for any input you can give.