It’s been a very tough few months. As I posted back in January, I’ve been suffering from severe lower back pain symptoms, and last Friday my surgeon recommended I undergo a spinal fusion surgery today.
The process as I understand it
Not being a neurosurgeon, the procedure as I understand it is something like the following steps below. I don’t know in what order these steps are undertaken, and this is described in layman’s terms, but this is a basic summation of what I’m having done today:
As one might imagine, this is very daunting, but the good news (and the hope I’m clinging to) is that my surgeon believes that with enough recovery (3–6 months, and 12+ for strenuous exercise) I should be able to get back out undertaking the activities I love, albeit with a little more care and caution when it comes to bending, lifting, etc.
So keep your fingers crossed for me! Hopefully I’ll post in the next few days with an update on how I’ve recovered, and in future months I plan to document my return to my beloved outdoors so that others in my situation can maybe get an idea of the timeframes/effort involved.