I am 19 days since my L5-S1 fusion surgery. My back hurts. I've been able to go on .15 of a mile walk a few times a day. I have built up my duration of standing/walking around the house from 10 minutes to 30-60 minutes at a time. Then my back hurts. I then immediately lay down an ice my back. I ice my back 6-8 times a day for 25 minutes each time. I've been lying down all day and feel as I am not doing the right thing. I feel as if I should be walking a mile or two a day by now because I read about others making it to that threshold.
I am afraid I am falling behind. Anyone have any input from their experience about walking after lumbar fusion surgery?