This is my first post so, I suppose that some background information is required.
I am 37, 6'3", 160 lbs. I have always been physically active and was going to the gym three times a week,where I was weight lifting and swimming, until just over 2 months ago. I am also a musician and was working part time at IKEA, in the self serve warehouse, where some heavy lifting was involved.
Anyway, for the last 2 months I was suffering from severe spinal stenosis, in addition to a herniated disc. At my worst, I was permanently hunched over, at about a 45 degree angle. I had two cortisone shots, in the L1 and C5 regions of my right side, over a span of two months. They brought little relief, but not complete. Finally, this past Tuesday, I had surgery. By Wednesday, I was walking upright and on Thursday I was able to play my first gig, standing up (I am a guitar player), in over 2 months. I feel like I never had any pain at all, and it's wonderful! My doctor, who was also my surgeon and, who had also had back surgery some years ago (a fusion), told me that it was a quick recovery and he wasn't kidding!
I am anxious to resume my regular physical activities. However, I know that i need to take it easy. I had been doing yoga just before the surgery, in addition to riding the recumbent bike. I also walk a fair bit. My Dr. suggested that I start gradually before going back to the normal routine. I am not scheduled to have physical therapy and my follow up appointment is not for until May 16th.
I am just curious if any of you have any suggestions.
Surgery 4 years ago for lower back herniated disc
Currently have herniated disc at L4-5 L5-S1