Hello Mike:

There is an EXCELLENT reason the doctors said NOT to practice !!!! Two Vertebral fractures, bone spurs, bulging discs, and disk leakage...

Fractures of vertebrae are NOTHING to ignore... bulging discs, leakage... again I fear they will not suffer ignoring them for too long. They will get even if you push yourself too far.

Practice smart, not hard... and good luck!
Jeff