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I think I am "overdoing" it. Does this sound normal?

I am at the 7-week mark for a 360-degree fusion, L4-s1.

Ack, I have been doing pretty well but the last week has been hard on my bod. One day, I went for what was supposed to be a short walk, got lost and spent more than an hour walking up some tough hills. Then I stumbled walking up the stairs. Plus, I am trying to get used to driving again -- I have a mini cooper that is very low to the ground, so it is a bit of a challenge to get in and out (though I am trying to be careful and keep good form)

So here's my question. Despite all this, my energy level is OK, but I am having a bit more pain in my lower back. And some swelling and tenderness, too. It's not horrible. But should I be concerned? Is this normal, just a sign that my body wants me to slow down, or could something be amiss?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    Slow down a bit, 7 weeks is not a long time post surgery. Allow your body to rest and heal. You will have plenty of time to work up some more energy.

    But, I always like to be cautious. IF your tenderness and swelling lasts for more than 4 or 5 days, I would give your doctor a call
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • ampavyaampavy Posts: 6
    edited 01/29/2013 - 2:34 AM
    My husband and I went for a morning walk and wasn't thinking how far we had gone. I found out it was over a mile, and I was only 4wks. post op. I paid dearly for it for the next 3 days. I now do 1/2 mile twice a day and that is much easier on me. Like everyone else says..."It takes time for the healing and do not overdo it" I will ice my back after any walking and that helps also.
  • KeeweeKKeewee Posts: 92
    edited 01/29/2013 - 7:41 AM
    I'm 6 weeks post op and doing 8 miles a day. I've had the same surgery as you plus an ADR at L3/4. Feeling good, only issue is tight hams!!
    2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
    L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
    5 x joint injections 2012
    Discogram Dec 2012
    Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects
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