I am starting a new thread to get some ideas on the activity level of everyone at post 6 weeks.
"Recap: L5-S1 decompression and interbody fusion. As stated previously, they had to "saw" apart L5-S1 to decompress, since they started to fuse. They were a grade 2 slip. Rods and screws. The nerve there was badly mangled, mangled was surgeons term. So, I assume there was some handling of the nerve to straighten out. Some bones removed to free up nerve and some parts reused as fusion material. Assume they removed the pars, which were fractured anyway.
Now: Can walk with no cane, but not very far without needing to start using it again. Doing very light house, car chores. Returned my medical bed, have a two story. Don't take naps now, since it is gone. Started PT. Done some driving. Bought a grass shears with a 3ft pole on it to trim grass. Used that one time to go around yard. Use grabbers, but dipping and picking up things like bathroom trash cans. Had to, on a couple occasions, dip all the way down and pick up dropped things when no grabber was available. Not too concerned about that, since PT has me doing squats with back against a wall. First 4 weeks unbearable as you all know. Started to feel better at week 4.5 to 5. But seem to have leveled off. Not sure if it is increased activity as mentioned above or a problem. Know it is still early.
Current meds are 1 Perco every six hours and 4 Nuerontin a day. Off and on lower back pain across all of lower back, but not too much anymore. Left side lower back a centrally located pain, sciatic. It seems to bypass rest of leg and start back up in ankle/foot. This left side sciatic issue is bearable and not constant."
At 6 weeks: Like stated above from a previous thread, I do light housework, dipping as much as possible as opposed to bending from the waist. Have had to dip to gound on occasion to pick items up when no grabber available. Use the light Boss vacuums, pick up and dump trash cans, dust etc. Driving now. Start work Next Tuesday the 8th. Dump car mats, and as mentioned above, use extended grass shears to trim around yard, no mowing. Did try my new 9.3lb Redmax gas trimmer one time. Has strap. Dr wasn't happy about that, but it was comfortable at the time. Need to walk more, but pretty active all day. I think I am sensing very small increments of improvement now. However, how well the nerve heals is still a question. Can do fairly well with no cane and trying to stretch hours between the Percoset and maybe move to Vicodin in a week or two, then Tylenol.
My biggest concern as I improve is at what point I jepordise fusion. I know activity helps the bone growth, but I don't want to over do.
Any personal feedback appreciated,