Yay! The good news is that I have been given the go ahead by my spinal surgeon to start exercising after my emergency laminectomy and lumbar fusion in March 2012. No restriction on what I do apart from pain levels.
Boo! The bad news is the increased pain I've had over the past few months is because the next joint up from the fusion is deteriorating rapidly. He doesn't want to operate again yet.....
His advice: build up core strength, general fitness and lose weight and go back when sciatica becomes severe.
I'm pleased I can now go back to the gym and do some cardio work, etc to help my chest and shift some of this weight. Distinctly unimpressed with the rapid degeneration in my spine!