I am almost 3 weeks out from a microdiscectomy on L5/S1. As directed by my neurosurgeon, I have not sat, only stretched out or reclined. Also, I stand and walk. I have good help from family and I'm unemployed (since October of last year) so I have no issues there. I get up and walk at least every two hours. I walk back and forth on the porch; I figured out that I walk 1.5 to 3 miles a day like this!
So, here is my question: it seems like, as recovery goes on, that I am getting weaker. When I walk now it takes very little time, just a few laps, before I feel utterly and totally exhausted. Like, I could just fall over and sleep right there. And, the other day I walked down to the mailbox when goes down a fairly steep hill, but is only about 40 feet from the front door. I came up very carefully, paying attention to posture, using a cane. But talk about exhaustion! My heart was about to burst out of my chest!
Does this ring any familiar bells with anyone? Why am I getting weaker instead of stronger with all the walking I've been doing? I've been walking more since surgery than I could before.
Thanks in advance.