Today is 1 week post-op. When I awoke in recovery I was in incredible pain. I was given pain med 4 times in the iv about 5 min. apart and it eased up quite abit. The pain was managable through my stay in the hospital. I came home Thurs. afternoon. I was on 10 mg. Oxycodone avery 4 hrs and stayed that way until Sun. Sunday I only took 2 and 2 on Monday. None today so far.
The pre-surgery pain I had in my low back and legs was gone when I woke up from surgery. I still have alot of muscle twitching in my left calf and was told pre-op that that would take awhile to go away. I do have pain in the surgery site. It gets less everyday.
Now the really good news!! I walked a mile on saturday, 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon. The same on sunday. Yesterday I did the whole mile at 1 time. I talked to the DR.'s office today and they said to stay a 1 mile until my 2 week appointment. I am very surprised. I didn't think I would be doing this good.
My routine when I got home was this. I stayed out of my bed until night time. I would lay on the sofa during the day and get up every 30 to 40 minutes and walk in the house. At 1st it was 3 to 4 minutes at a time and got up to 10 minutes by the 2nd day home. The hardest thing for me was learning how to log roll and get from laying down to standing up. It was hard and it hurt. Once I figured that out it made life easier. I don't SIT. I'm either laying, standing or walking. I have also wiened myself off the walker. I haven't used it since fri. morning.
Keep in mind I only had 1 level fused. I truly believe moving ( standing and walking ) has really helped. It's still really early but I am very happy with the outcome so far. I'll put up another post in a week. Sorry this is so long but I wanted to give you as much info as I could....
GOOD LUCK TO ALL......MIKE