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V.I. Pirate

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I had it done June 10

Not sure what the cause was definitively . When I was in Kuai last fall with my parents we went golfing and one day I tweaked my back pretty good. My Step Dad had some prescription pain cream rub I used for plane ride home and it seemed to get a little better. We went golfing again in December when they came to Hilton Head. It was a little cool day but we walked straight to 1st tee and for what ever reason I was blasting my drives that day. I got a little cocky and started working on a draw. I think I just whipped my hips too hard on a over swing and blew out what ever previous damage I had done. My surgery ended up being 5 hours. My doctor said I blew the disc all over the place. I spent 3 days in hospital but that first 24 hours was absolutely miserable. You definitely don't realize how much you need your back until it is broke:) I am in the don't bend lift or twist phase until Oct 1 and hopefully after a third clean x-ray I can move on to more activities . Holding out hope I can go skiing this winter although at a way different level then I would normally ski. At this point I would be happy just to leisurely ski down the mountain following my son on his snow board. Definitely no moguls for a while or the crazy crap I did as a kid.

I will say what Tiger did was more extensive than what I did and if I was not amazed at what he has done in his comeback winning the Masters and being competitive I am utterly amazed now. Back surgery is no joke and a golf swing by nature is not exactly a great thing for the back. My doctor says I could be golfing fine next spring but I will definitely have to get over the fear factor because I would never want to do this shit again if I don't have to

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Posted: 08/01/2020 at 07:35AM


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