Hell’s teeth. The spectre of back surgery, which I’ve been trying to dodge for the last ten years, is upon me. In two days time I’ll be in a London hospital having an operation to remove small parts of the L4/5 and L5/S1 inter-vertebral discs, which are compressing the sciatic nerve root thus causing pain, numbness and loss of strength in my right leg and foot.

A typical surgery patient…
I should be ok as long as my nose doesn’t light up and go beep.

2013 has been too challenging in terms of disruption, chronic pain and disability. Here’s to a successful outcome – meaning the symptoms resolve, and here’s to a motivated rehabilitation, strong recovery and a graduated return to being active. I have a list of goals and they all require a fit healthy body.

Here’s to good health!