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6 weeks post laminectomy/discectomy

leftcoastleftylleftcoastlefty Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 6 weeks post op laminectomy/discectomy (L3-4). I am 56.
Pain in my left leg is only issue. They (Kaiser) have me on Neurontin 900 mg a day. I have stopped taking painkillers, now take 2400 mg Motrin daily.

Here's my problem. They tell me to walk as much as I can, but don't overdo it. I am in very good shape, and can walk for several miles. The pain gets better as it gets more strenuous. I've been told this is the endorphins kicking in. I can't seem to figure out where "overdoing it" happens. The worse pain I get is from sitting too long. I'm thinking I need to get my heartrate up to get more oxygen to the nerve. Is it to early to worry?

Thanks in advance.


  • Wish I could say what overdoing it is. It does vary. I think the key to walking is to keep scar tissue from adhering to the nerves. The only advice I have is to keep steep hills out of the program or be sure you watch your posture and tighten your abs to keep your back aligned. Sounds like things are going well.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. we are so glad you dropped in! i wish i had an answer for you but i am not a medical doctor and cannot say.. your best bet is to talk to your surgeon and have him explain to you exactly what is going on.. perhaps he evens needs to know!! your recovery is so important and i would not take any chances with it.. good luck on your recovery!! stop by the forum anytime! Jenny :>
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