Hi all, I had a 2-level ALIF (L4/5/S1) on October 10. Some problems in the hospital (kept passing out, needed blood transfusion, etc) kept me there 6 nights. Got home and started walking a few blocks at a time and felt the pain decreasing a little so decreased my pain med dose a little. This past week (3rd post-surgery, 2nd out of hospital) I have been walking at least an hour a day, most days I go for a long walk (1 to 1 1/2 hours) and another shorter walk later (15-20 mins). I also started doing very minimal housework and trying to do more for myself (put my socks on, etc.).
Past few days pain has been bad- my right side (my hip as well as the side of my back) is extremely painful with movement. Usually if I walk a little the pain goes away but when I stop and lay back down it comes back. Other movements increase it also. I know with the housework I may have overdone it. But I have 2 questions.
1- Does it seem like I am on the right track with walking, or should I be taking it eaasier/pushing myself more? I was never given any instruction on this.
2- In all of these posts people talk about pain in the hips, knees, joints etc. but no one really talks about the actual back pain. My back REALLY hurts sometimes, and I'm assuming this is normal, buts can anyone tell me about their experience with this type of surgery and the pain they had, particularly in their back?