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nd2078nnd2078 Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm 8 days post op on my 2 level PLIF, and I took my first outside morning walk. I covered about 1/4 mile it took me 20 minutes, but I did it! looking forward to tomorrow morning's walk. I'm pretty tired, but feel great, so I'm going to reward myself with a big breakfast!!

I hope to build up to 1/2 mile by next week, but we'll see how it goes. I'm really prone to pushing my limits, so I have to MAKE MYSELF stop.

Hope everyone has a good day today.



  • Good for you! Walking is the best thing you can do to help yourself, but don't overdo it OK?

    I hope you continue to improve bit by bit. Perhaps you'll give us an up-date every now and again to let us know how you're progressing.
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • Nathan,

    There are several good walking programs out there. You might want to look at 10,000 steps as a guide line to use. Congrats on how far you have come and keep up the good work.
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  • I always use to push myself, until I hurt. After a long time, I realized that I was just decreasing my circle of ability. By just doing things repeatedly, and following through, every day, I finally began building and expanding my circle of ability - and hence my activity levels began to slowly rise again.

    So now I do things, and stop long before I hurt myself!
  • I made 1/2 mile today!! It took more time than I thought, but I'm not racing anyone. I feel great, I just love when I meet a goal and really like it when I meet a goal a little early.

    my next goals now are 1)one full mile by the of the month. 2) Start scaling back on my pain meds.

    Best wishes to all,
  • Hi Nathan

    That's good to hear how well you're doing with the walking. It's great to have goals, but do listen to your body each time you go out for a walk. The freedom of being able to walk again is great, isn't it.

    Keep letting us know how you're going.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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