Lifting safe with Spinal Fusion?

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  1. Domo-Kun

    Domo-Kun New Member

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    I used to lift a few years ago, before I was a passenger in a serious car accident. Now, half my spine is fused together with titantium. My lower lumbar L4 and L5 shattered, and are now fused with the two above it and two below. I broke one of the rods a year later while I was shoveling snow, and had to get it replaced. It's pretty sturdy now with more metal fusing it together, but I don't know if I should start lifting again, at all. Anyone have experience with something like this, or know someone who has?
     
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    id ask a doctors advice personally when it comes to something this, more specifically they doctor who worked on you as he should know the condition your in best
     
  3. SteveO

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    I'd definately talk to the doctor, don't let our advice ruin your life
     
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    Think about it. Do you think my Surgeon is going to risk a lawsuit by telling me that it's okay to lift? Hence why I'm asking about people with experience with this. Not just your guess as to what is probably safe or unsafe.
     
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    So what would you rather have, your doctor telling you not to lift because it's not safe, or us telling you it's safe to lift and fucking yourself up?
     
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    Are you thinking about what I said? Do you have experience with or know anyone with experience with a spinal fusion? If not, then no, I don't want you telling me it's safe.
     
  7. SteveO

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    well I wouldn't see the problem with some lifts, as long as there isn't a large load of weight on your lower back. So avoid DL's, GM's, Squats, or anything else that might press a load on there.
     
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    count me out, i know no one with this surgery.
     
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    yea but i think the point is no information on the internet forums can be taken as 100% true or false, its all about listening to good information and deciphering whats usuable information and whats junk as for all u know we are all 60yr old bustin our chops and killin time on the forums. Its one thing to become more knowledgeable about a certain topic but when personal status of ones well-being is at risk id turn towards a professional. often people with similiar symptoms could have completely different injuries and bodies could react differently and etc.

    I think as far as anyone knows u could lift lightly...or not lift at all..and i think that is the only an answer a doctor could give you, specially as this is not as common as spraining somthing or pulling a muscle so many people aren't well informed in this subject matter
     
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    So you're like a superhuman? :eek3:
     
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    I would say no since it is your lumbar discs, they are under a lot of pressure, plus if you damage the nerves exposed between those discs you'd kinda miss their associated functions
     
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    Well I wouldn't rely on a "professional's" advice. Especially when that professional told me that I can do anything that I was able to do prior to the surgury, providing it doesn't cause me a great deal of pain. I was shoveling snow, and snap, one broke.
    Now, I know what you're saying.. If shoveling broke a titanium rod, then weight lifting is definately a no no. But, after talking to many different professionals about in incident, I believe it to have been a defective implant. In addition to this, the new 'cage' of titanium has a new design with more pieces, making it much more sturdy.
     
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    seeking information on something like this from otfn is beyond fucking retarded. It's rare condition that I doubt anyone will have any experience with. If your surgeon or specialist sucks, find a new one.

    If you trust us more than your doctor there is a serious problem.
     
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    Where did I say I trust OT more than my surgeon? I said I wouldn't rely on my Surgeon's advice, because he was wrong the first time, and it put me in the hospital for a week to undergo another MAJOR surgery. I'm asking for people who might have experience with a spinal fusion. I didn't say that any information I gather from OT is going to make or break my decision to do any type of lifting. Don't ASSume.
    It's retarded to ask if someone on the forum knows anyone with a similar situation? :ugh:
     
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    Nothing wrong with you asking that. Everyone just has to argue with you because they have nothing better to do. I asked a simple question earlier and instead of getting an answer to my question, a couple people just criticized it or got way off topic. Because they just want to argue or whatever the fuck their childish motives are.
     
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    Welcome to OT
     
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    dank fuck yeah

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    yeah, you'll be fine. i wouldnt start out deadlifting more than 5 or 600lbs to start out though, take it easy for a few weeks.

    the titanium should actually make your back stronger right?
     
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    Not sure whether I should take that question as sarcasm or not. But, yes, it does make my spine stronger aside from the capabilities of my own muscles on them. If I get into another car accident, my spine is better off with the instruments than without. I should cite that as coming from the orthopedic/neurosurgeon, because they aren't my own words.
     
  19. Ilyusha

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    One of these?

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  20. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    Domo-Kun New Member

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    :ugh: not exactly lower lumbar, but E for effort.


    More like these...

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    Domo-Kun New Member

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    Thank you. Will do that right now.
     
  23. Ilyusha

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    Look who I was quoting.. E for effort for you on reading comprehension.
     
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    :x:


    and yes, definately not that serious..
     
  25. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    here's thomas' reply to you:

     
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