Successful Disc Replacement

I was always a thrill seeker, in my early teens, right up until my mid twenties. I was always looking to push boundaries. One of my hobbies included racing quads.

One day I had a bad crash and damaged a couple of vertebrae. I slowly recovered, but not to the point of no pain. I could always pushed through my injuries in the past and I tried to do the same this time around. I even had one more race about a month after my injury, but the pain was too much.

I slowly spent more and more time on the couch, it just hurt too much to do things. And being a twenty-something male who had an addiction in his past, well nobody believed me. I went from one doctor to another, pain clinic to neurologist etc.

I finally got referred to a surgeon who agreed to see me based on the information that was sent to him. It seemed that the disc herniation at my L5-S1 level was bad enough to warrant surgery. He went through a couple of options, fusion or disc replacement, and upon hearing about not losing any mobility if the disc replacement was a success, I chose that as the best option for me.

I had the surgery Friday AM and was home Monday PM. I lived on my own with a dog and we had to function by ourselves. We began going for walks the day I came home. At first, the walks were no more then a couple of hundred feet but then in no time began to stretch out.

The first thing I said when I woke up from surgery was, "My legs don't hurt anymore". Now I am not saying that life is without its struggles anymore, but it is way better. I have competed in 5 different 10 km running races and have finished in the top 30 in each. Not setting any world records but enough success to feel good about getting the surgery.

I am not on any opiates to cope with back pain, I do take Gabapentin to help with the sensations in my legs but I am much healthier because of the disc replacement. I am getting married this fall, and I am loving life that I thought was lost to me forever. - Christian

Back Pain  > Back Pain Story > Lower Back Pain Information > Successful Disc Replacement

cure back pain program

The most important thing that you can do is to share this resource right away. You never know who might need our help right now. We make it super simple with the buttons below. Thank you.