Hi.. I'm new to the site, but have spent alot of time reading, and trying to ease my fears. First of all, I am an EXTREMELY ACTIVE PERSON and I work construction, so lifting and hard work are just the norm.
I had a fusion/fixation with rods installed at L4/L5 on July 19th. Had a really rough first 2 weeks, and actually don't remember much of it. Lots of little issues came up, from allergy to tapes, swelling of the back and hips, swelling of the lower extremeties, etc. I am 4 weeks post op, and as I'm resting and relaxing around the house, I am about 99% pain free. Very happy. My issues come when I walk or stand for more than 20 minutes at a time. I was told to carefully walk when I could, though I wasn't told how long, or how often. It seems as I walk slowly for 15 - 20 minutes, I start to get pain and/or burning in my hips and upper legs, and sometimes in my lower back on each side of my spine. The longer I walk or stand, the worse the pain gets. Standing is sometimes worse than walking. I am rarely taking pain meds(Percocet 5mg, and have stopped taking my Flexeril 10 mg). This might not have been the best thing to do. I've been very careful about "bending, twisting, or lifting", but I'm scared to death that something isn't right. I have high expectations of myself, and just want to get back to a normal life within a week or two...lol I had a fusion of C6/C7 about 6 years ago, and built my house at 5 weeks post op. Am I pushing too hard and expecting too much??