Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Volleyball, Soccer, 4-Wheelers, Parties and a Very Angry Orthopedic Surgeon

So I went back to Honduras for Easter break. I invited a whole bunch of friends over to the beach and we all had a blast. Among the activities I tried:
-Volleball: I played twice without a single hiccup. Jumping, spiking, falling, sweating.. it felt great.
-Soccer: I played beach soccer for a good hour, running, sprinting, and falling.. No hiccups either.
-4-Wheelers: I rode bikes on the beach, very bumpy, no hiccups.
-Parties: non-stop for a whole week.

Our dear friend and orthopedic surgeon came to visit us as well. He wasn't happy. Even though he has no experience with ADR's, his concerns with it have always been the risk that the disc might prolapse into the bone. He says the bone matter never regains its original strength and that I should think LONG-TERM about the durability of the attachment and bone quality. I immediately sat up straight and realized that i'd been overdoing myself despite me being able to do so. I'm almost 6 months post-op living the life of a 15 year old with a fake id. He told me to take it easy.

He's right. I should think long-term. The surgical procedure for removing an ADR is extremely complicated and risky. I would never want that to happen. I'm still in very good shape and I plan on keeping it that way. Now i'm off to the gym again to do some healthy walking to shed some belly fat that's been bothering me as of late.

Remember everyone, after surgery, your life WILL be better but it WILL be (or should be) limited as well.. and THINK LONG TERM.

Also, some of you have been asking if I'm still in pain meds. I've been OFF pain meds since day 9 post-op.

14 comments:

  1. I've read about a number of professional athletes in Soccer, BMX and Rugby with ADR - and they are still competing. Some are cervical, mind you. If I'm going to go for it, I'd like to be able to keep playing sports as the last 8 months have killed me. I figured at 1 year post ADR, the device would probably be permanently fused to the vertebrel plate? Subsidence shouldn't be an issue then.

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  2. where are these post ADR athlete's stories? I have not seen them and would like more info. Also - good info on the bone/disc prolapse situation. I appreciate the update.

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  3. http://backup.goldentaco.org/?p=344
    Here are the links to athletes with ADR.

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  4. It won't let me post longer urls, so I've had to link them from my site. This one is an actual clinical trial with prodisc and charite in athletes.

    http://backup.goldentaco.org/?p=92

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  5. Hi Mike,

    Presurgery, did you ever have cold sensations in your thighs? My feet get cold and sometimes my thighs do too. I know that your original herniation was more midline than lateral on your MRI and mine seems to be moving that way on MRI too. Were you having some wierd symptoms other than the shooting pains down the legs? Thanks.

    ~Kevin

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  6. No weird stuff happening to me, just shooting pains and generalized pain. I have heard of weird stuff happening up to the point where people shit themselves without knowing.. but those are extreme situations.

    My herniation leaned a little to the left, hence the tendency to feel more things on my left leg. Once my right leg starting feeling the same way I started getting worried.

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  7. are you still haveing the occasional sciatica to this day?

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  8. No I haven't felt it in a couple of weeks. I'm sure it would come back if I decided to go crazy though. I'm taking it easy after that volleyball and soccer match, I feel as though keeping that routine would've really messed with me.

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  9. Mike,

    Were you diagnosed with "Degenerative Disc Disease" or a bulging/protruding disc causing spinal stenosis? In the US, bulges may not constitute a need for ADR, but the disc may be worn out and causing neural compression. Dr. Boree seems to realize that treatment with ADR may be necessary in other cases and not just DDD. Correct?

    ~Kevin

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  10. I was diagnosed with both. If you have back pain due to a disc problem, adr is indicated.

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  11. Why did you abort stem cell tx for sx?

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  12. I got this one for ya Mike,...because it didn't work. Look at the older posts on the blog and you can see his discussion and results.

    Kevin

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  13. Mike,

    How are things going? I was wondering if you were due for any more X-rays since it's around your 6-month point? Flexion-extension maybe?

    Joe

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  14. Any updates Mike? How are you doing?

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