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After PLIF surgery...

I had PLF surgery on May3 and I have a few questions for people who may be going thru the same thing:

1. I am having problems sleeping. I have tried pillows between the legs, legs bent, side, try sleeping on my back I think I have tried everything! So I try to sleep in a recliner so I basically sleep about 2 hours solid then off and on. Any suggestions?

2. Also, when they say walking does walking in the stores with or without a cart count?

3. I try and do stuff around the house but I pay for it and hurt a lot the next day. Of course I do it w/o bending twisting or lifting. Do others do this or should we just walk and rest?

Sorry for all the questions just need some validation!


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 06/09/2013 - 6:05 PM
    Yes, walking around stores counts as well as any walking you do at home. I found after my surgeries that walking in short time frames was easier to do, and caused less pain if I took it in steps. At first, it was just from one room to another, many times a day, then as I got more time away from the surgery, I would go to the store, and use a cart to support myself but walk around the store, leisurely.
    For sleep, like you, I couldn't manage sleeping in bed and only slept for short time frames- i used melatonin at night, which allowed me to sleep better, and it didn't leave my feeling doped up like i did when using sleeping pills.
    As far as the housework thing goes, I was told absolutely no housework while I was in the back brace- for me that was 6 months, so I learned to have my kids bring the laundry basket to me on the couch, where i would fold clothes, then they had to put them away. Vaccuming was a challenge but as time went on, I added short bursts of doing the vaccuming in steps. I was told if it hurt to do it, then stop...
  • I'm a huge proponent of melatonin as well, be sure to check with your doctor for safety with your medical history and current medications. I also found tylenol PM helped tremendously. Last,stretching through the day (not just at night and not just twice, but stretching multiple times a day) especially the front and back of the thighs also helps me.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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