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The Verdict [May. 23rd, 2014|03:19 pm]
The neurosurgeon's evaluation was, for the most part, good news. While the disc at the base of my spine just before the coccyx area starts is pretty much nonexistent at this point, and those bones are pushed out of alignment, he believes that I can avoid surgery through building up my core muscles and exercise. He is letting me start to swim again – in fact, encouraging swimming as the best form of exercise – and start to bike again! Running, however, is right out for the time being.

I have to start everything very slowly. Like he said go to the pool, walk in the water for a while, swim one lap. Or bike a mile. But he said that I can work my way back up to longer distances, as long as I do a lot of concentration on building up my core, which I also have to do slowly and carefully and gently.

I'm hoping to make at least two of my triathlons this summer. I will probably have to skip the first one, but he said to consult with my physical therapist about my progress before that. So maybe I'll get really really lucky.

The best news about all this, no knife!

Yesterday I biked for the first time, and today I went to the pool. It's frustrating to be set back so far, but at least I'm moving forward again.

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-05-23 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yippee! Try to remember to take it very slowly....and Go You.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2014-05-23 08:06 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic news! Exercise (and the occasional advil) is way better than surgery.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2014-05-23 11:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds good :) Clear guidance on recovery is the best kind.
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2014-05-24 10:53 am (UTC)
Although sometimes surgery is appropriate, I think with backs it often gets done just because the patient wants them to "do something." I'm glad you're able to avoid it! Enjoy your return to movement. :)
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-05-24 01:05 pm (UTC)
what a relief!

have you thought about chiropractic? it's done a world of wonders for me, and i have similar issues.
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[User Picture]From: fluffydescent
2014-05-25 11:54 am (UTC)
Huzzah! This is fabulous news!
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2014-05-27 05:08 am (UTC)
I have had to rebuild core after some injuries, and here are some things that helped

*yoga with a teacher who knows what she's doing
*rolfing massage therapy
*stopping movement if you feel tightness anywhere except your core
*rubber-band therapy, where the rest of your limbs are immobilized by rubber bands.

good luck!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-05-27 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2014-06-03 06:56 am (UTC)
I am sad that I missed this. But the truth is that I only check LJ once a week at most these days. Which is sad, because I remember 5 years ago checking in at various points during the day. But I am glad to hear that you are going to be okay. Also I second the chiropractor suggestion.

Edited at 2014-06-03 06:56 am (UTC)
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