I had my L4/L5 fusion on July 19th, and feel that I am well over the hump. I see my doctor on Thursday, but would like the opinions of others that have been here. I get out of bed in the mornings virtually pain free. I may have some discomfort, but nothing I would consider taking a pain med for. If I lounge around the house all day and basically do nothing but watch TV, cook, short walks, etc, I do great. As I start to get out and walk more, or do extremely light duty things, I start to get mild pains in my back, and often times in my thighs or hips.
QUESTION: Am I better off to be more careful and take NO pain meds, or take a small dose and continue to become more active. I am not one to just sit around, and I'm seeing things I know I can do, but I'm not sure if I am doing hard to my body by increasing my activity and soothing the pain with meds. . At what point do I start to become more active and exercise?
I'm sure my surgeon will have his opinion on this, and he knows very well, how active my lifestyle is, but I'm curious as to what others might have been told or encountered.