As mentioned in May, I had a laminectomy L2-5 and Disectomy L4-5 on the 27th, was sent home to walk and see the surgeon in 6 weeks. The walking was painful but I was pushing through it because one of my neurosurgeons stated no limits on the walking and said it was the most helpful for the recovery. I still had no leg pains after surgery and was down to taking one Ibuprophen (Paracetamol) in the mornings. Prior to surgery I was taking 300mg of Tramadol as well as Gabapentin daily. I had an appointment for a f/u with my surgeon and explained the pain from walking. He set limits of 2-40 minute walks a day and 30 minutes on a stationary bike. For a week I tried the two walks a day. The day following my f/u visit I ordered a decent stationary bike (here on July 17, two weeks later it has not arrived yet). I started physical therapy two days ago. Oh, I have been wearing a semi-firm back brace since surgery. My therapist started me on exercises daily and told me to wear the brace only when on my walks. I did that yesterday with back pain every time si walked without the brace in our flat/condo. I had a good night of sleep last night and woke op with less pain this morning. I put my belt on, my mask on and at 7am went out with two hiking poles to walk. Around the time of my f/u visit changed from crutches to hiking poles. (They seem to provide more support). I can walk an hour nonstop with little pain. At this time I am sitting with no back pain. The second I move to get up I have a little sharp pain in my lower back. In walking from one room to the other the pain dulls. I’m about 30 minutes from my second set of exercises. I was informed by my MD and a member of this forum that this is normal and I am still early in recovery. What do others think? I realize many of you are dealing with the virus at this time and elective surgery is always in the future but if anyone besides an admin is reading, replies are appreciated. I have some additional questions. PT again today and I get to use their bike!
Should I be concerned about surgery failure at this point?
When should I expect a significant amount of recovery? Some say up to a year. I am almost 69:y/o. Every morning there seem to be miniscule positive changes. Some mornings it is more difficult to walk than others.
When can I bend over to tie normal sports shoes. The ones I am wearing right now are slip-ons but uncomfortable to walk in.
This little-by-little recovery process is difficult for me because I have been very physically active my entire adult life till January this year. I’d still be riding a road bicycle and doing downhill skiing here in the Pyrenees had the MD’s not told me not to participate any more.