I had a laminectomy with discectomy at L4/5 8 weeks ago. Is it too soon to start swimming? I tried swimming at the end of Week 4 (45 minutes, almost non-stop) and didn’t feel any pain during that time. But an hour later, I had tingling in both of my legs that lasted 3-4 hours. It wasn’t sharp pain, just tingling. I stopped swimming after that day and just continued with my daily walks.
Is it normal to have the tingling sensation? Is it because I haven’t exercised in such a long time? The surgeon said I should be able to swim after Week 2-3 if I feel comfortable. He said I should push through even with the tingling. Should I take his advice or should I wait? He said it could help strengthen my core muscles. I’m worried that if I do it too soon or pushed myself, I would have a recurrence. I don’t want to go through the pain and surgery again.
I walk 2 times a day, 40 minutes each time. I still can’t walk where there are slopes, even very gentle ones…I get pain in both legs for 2-3 hours after that. Is it normal to have pain when walking on slopes? If so, how long is it before I could do gentle slopes again?
I’m on and off anti-inflammatories now (on when the pain comes, off when it makes my stomach upset). Actually, he asked me to take Panadol only after Week 2 but I couldn’t stand the pain so he gave me more anti-inflammatories.
I went got my first physio at Week 7. The surgeon said it would help strengthen my core muscles.