Approximately 7 weeks ago I had a combination lumbar Laminectomy L2-L5 and a bilateral disectomy L4/5. Prior to that I had been diagnosed with lumbar stenosis and suffered chronic back pain, mostly while walking. I was ordered by the doctor to walk 40 min 2x a day as well as ride a stationary bike 30 minutes a day for recovery. Since where we live in Spain many products are seasonal and stationary bikes are among them. I had to order a bike that is supposedly arriving ‘this week.
I am fairy religious regarding walking daily but do most of it in the morning due to the distaste for activity in the heat. It seems like there is a little progress daily in my ability to ambulate. I was walking very unsteady immediately after surgery but have become a bit steadier over time. I started walking with two crutches seven weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago I advanced to two hiking poles. Today I walked about 50 minutes with only a cane and a couple of hours later am suffering a radiating pain in my lower back.
I will soon be 69 years old. Is this slow recovery normal?