Hey y'all! I gotta ask something. First, I think my NS did a good job on my November L5-S1 fusion. I don't have as much pain as I might expect at this point. BUT.. getting advice or info from him is near impossible. He's quite aged and I think his methods may be from a bygone era. He's quite a proponent of "bed rest". I asked about maybe doing PT or some exercise. He really didn't like that. He still either wants me in bed or in my recliner and not much else. Then I read about a lot of others on here who are in PT or walking 3 miles a day and I sure wish I was. I can feel myself wasting away by the day.
I've always been a semi-tough guy who does hard work. I usually feel strong as a monster, but anymore I'm feeling more like a shadow. I guess I should keep with his orders, but damn. He says I'll be 9 months or a year before I'm healed all the way. I'm down with that, but a year from now, I'll be too weak to get out of my chair. Seriously. I walk down the driveway most days and it's getting harder to get back. Not like real hard yet, but I can feel that it ain't going right.
I kinda don't know what to do. Physically, I feel like I'm good enough to do moderate exercise. I realize that I'm fairly early in to this adventure, but I'm a little over 2 months.
Any good ideas? I'm open and I'll be a thankin' ya for 'em!