I am almost 4 weeks out of ALIF and disc replacement and feeling great! I am walking a little over a mile each day and venture out for my daughter’s softball games and church, about 2 times a week. My questions are: when is it safe to really venture out? Maybe ride to the grocery store with my husband or attend a picnic with friends and family. The only restrictions my doctor gave me were no lifting, pushing or pulling. Is it safe to go and just walk around or sit in a chair at a picnic? I spend a lot of time alone and I’m getting cabin fever!!!! Also, it’s a possibility that my husbands company may be closing and we might have to relocate to another state. We had plans to relocate this summer but my back surgery pushed our move back another year. If the company closes we may have to move sooner than we planned. Does anyone know when it’s safe to travel long distances? We are moving from New York to Arkansas so it’s about a 22 hour drive. My husband and I would just like to have an idea of when I’ll be able to go so we can have an idea of what to do when he is let go. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
39 yr. old mother of 5 Children, 20,19,14,14,9
Lumbar strains: 1995, 1997, 1998
Major injury: 2002, 2 herniated disc w/tears, DDD, Spinal Stenosis, Major nerve damage in both legs. Treatments included: Celebrex, Bextra, Ralaphin, Flexril, Naproxin, Motrin, Ultram, Steroid injections, Nerve Blocks, Physical Therapy, Aqua Therapy, specific exercise regimen, loss of 70 lbs.
Surgery: May 2009 ALIF of L5-S1 with titanium cage and 4 screws, no bone,Pro-Disc at L4-L5
Current Meds: Vicadin 10mg/650, daily aspirin, calcium supplement, senicot, bone growth stimulator