Saturday, June 12, 2010
Let me first tell a little history of myself. On July 3, 2006 and on April 14, 2009 I broke a vertebrae each day. They happen to be right next to each other in the middle of my back. I had operations each time.
A common side effect of having two broken vertebrae close to each other is scoliosis. I had this side effect on my lower spine. On December 27, 2009 I had an operation where doctors went in and put rods and screws in to straighten my back.
The recovery has been long. The first three months, I had to wear a body brace all the time - except for sleeping and showers. During one shower, I turned wrong and got a stress fracture above the rods and screws. During the fourth month, I got to slowly wean myself off the body brace. I am now in month six of recovery and should get the green light to resume vacuuming, working, etc.
This past week, I have been making changes to my workouts - adding and re-arrainging excercises and walking a little farther each day. I noticed that when I went for my walks and towards evening, my back was a little sore.
This morning, a appeared to me after my excercises and before my walk. It said to try wearing a simple back brace while walking. Good thing I listened to myself - I could tell a diffence in my back during that walk. Lesson learned: be careful with body parts during excercise and cardio sessions.