I’m Tuomas, a 19-year-old college student from Finland. At the age of 16 I was diagnosed with scoliosis and it was very mild at that point, only about 13 degrees. But it was progressive and I didn’t take care of my health until exactly 2 years ago, when I was 17, I decided to start working out. I did HIIT-jogs every other morning, went to the gym 3-4 times a week, played floorball and ate more healthy. At the same time it was decided, that I would have to have surgery, because the curvature was up to 60+ degrees. Yeah, it went from around 13 to over 60 in a year and a half.
So I trained like that for 4 months, and the surgery came along. Just before the surgery my curvature was 65-68 degrees, if I remember correctly. The surgery affected most of my spine, I think I have one or two unaffected vertebrae in my lower-back and one or two in my upper back. The rest of my spine is supported by titanium bars and screws, and also the vertebrae have been ossified (not sure if the correct word).
After the surgery I had to mostly lie in bed for a month, and since then I haven’t worked out at all. I’ve gained a lot of weight (I was 160lb and now I’m 193) and my self-esteem is very low. So I made a new year’s resolution to start exercising again and CrossFit seems like an excellent way to train, but I’m just wondering if it’s suitable for me or not. Six months after my surgery I had a check-up, where my doctor said I could start exercising and moving again, as long as I didn’t do any combat sports ie. wrestling, boxing, muay-thai, but for example he gave me permission to play golf and such, as in activities where I need to rotate my spine.
So, any thoughts? I really would love to try this out and also change my diet completely. If you didn’t understand something I said, please ask and I’ll try to explain better, ‘cos some of the ‘medical words’ are kinda unfamiliar to me.
PS. Also if required/wanted, I can post pre-op/post-op x-rays. They’re kinda rad, so to speak!