I'm almost four weeks post op and I have a few questions about ALIF L5/L6 after care. In particular, my questions are about log rolling and bending.
My pre-surgical pain is gone so at times, I am doing things that I shouldn't and then I notice that I shouldn't be doing whatever it is that I am doing. For instance, I'll get up in the morning and instead of log rolling out of bed, I sit up. Or, instead of log rolling to get into bed, I'll sit down and then lay down like the good old days. I always seem to notice when I do this so I am extra careful the next time to not do this, but when this happens, I get so scared that I just messed something up. Are the post op instructions for log rolling mainly to help with the incision pain or for optimal spine fusion? I know I shouldn't worry so much about messing this up, it's only been a few times I've done this, but still I worry.
While I'm at it, it is close to impossible to put on my pants or tie my shoes without bending just a little. Any thoughts on these two things would be greatly appreciated.
In addition, I'm going back to work this week for 18 hours a week - very light duty. I'm kind of nervous about this but I am still a little excited too. It will be nice to get back to something "normal" in my life.