TRUE STORY: SHELDON OVERCAME LOWER BACK PAIN AND IS TRAINING AGAIN!
I was an extremely healthy 33-year old. I was just a week away from competing in my second half Ironman and was at peak fitness. In the past three years I had finished my first marathon, first Half Ironman and completed multiple sprint and Olympic Distance triathlons. Life was very good. Then out of nowhere, someone ran a red light at 45mph and hit my car directly on the driver’s side. I had numerous injuries to my neck, left shoulder, knee and back. Over the next four months, I went to physical therapy twice a week and things were slowly getting better and I was regaining strength, however my back was just not getting any better, if anything it was getting worse. I had severe pain in my lower back, numbness in both feet and a dropped right foot that was only getting worse.
Treatment: Anterior lumbar fusion (ALIF) at L4/L5 L5/S1 in fall 2010. Within a week of returning home from the hospital, I was out walking a mile a day with almost no pain and certainly no numbness.
Today: Before surgery, I struggled to walk more than 300 yards without severe pain and numbness in both feet. I recently began training again and I am for the most part pain free. I am up to 1 hour on the bike, 1/2 mile swimming and about 45 minutes on the elliptical. Again, a huge success!
The fact that I live relatively pain free and that I am back exercising and hoping to return to triathlons is the greatest gift that a doctor can give. I have my life back!