JasonSpruce Moose said:I guess my question is has anyone been in a similar circumstance? If so what is your story?
I had a decompression performed on that disc about 3 years ago. My doc removed a fairly massive herniation. I still have minor recurring issues (mainly sciatica) from time to time if I do some twisting or take a bad spill. Usually goes away quite quickly, and never feels remotely painful as it was pre-op. I think I would have fewer problems yet but I don't work on core stabilization exercises like I am supposed to.
Since surgery, I have switched to a FS bike for about 50% of my riding, but I spend the other 50% on a rigid SS. I tend to ride the FS more when the back is acting up. In any case, you should probably be able to return to biking at pre-op intensities eventually. I ride harder now that I did pre-op, although I occasionally pay the price for it.
Hope this helps.