L5-S1, October 15th 2012. Sounds like the same surgery. I was skiing in Feb, ran the Salt mid-March, and Westwater last weekend. Do the PT and stay religious with the core workouts and you will be back in action in no time.
P.s I'm sorry you had to go through that. I would not wish back problems on even the cruelest of humans.
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