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Post MicroDisc - how much should i walk?

I just had my microdisc on my l4/l5 last friday (5 days ago) and im def feeling better from before surgery. before surgery i couldnt even stand up for 30 seconds without extreme pain down my leg- i spent 2 months like this and as it turned out had an emergency surgery because all of the inside of my disc had herniated out and was pressing on my spine.
now after surgery i still have numbness/tingling down my leg but not super painful. i also have had a few episods of nerve pain but nothing longer than 30 min and my surgeon says its normal...so im praying with time it passes.
but for now im def better!
my question for those who have had a microd and recovered, how much should i be walking? right now im doing 5 min walks (up and down my hallway) about 5 times a day and the rest of the time im laying down ...so majority of the day laying down.
now my drs office says i should be walking and up and about more to avoid scar tissue and blood clots but they also say let pain be your guide...now if i am letting pain be my guide, this is the max i can do. around 5 min i start to get some small pains in my leg and butt. actually yesterday i walked for 8-10min once and had alot of burning pain in my butt for awhile afterwards and had to take more pain meds.
so my question is, how much did you guys do? my plan is to do 5 min several times a day (4-6 times) and increase it 1 min a day, so tomoroow ill do 6 min several times a day...etc etc.
is this ok? cuz last thing i want is a blood clot!
but i swear i got diff opinions from every nurse at my surgeons office and even the surgeon himself. before surgery he said "oh u can lift your baby (14 lbs) by 2 weeks after" then wheni saw him after surgery he said "oh its gona be closer to 6 weeks" ok? lol anyways advice please!!?!


  • I am on my 2nd surgery in 2 months. In Aug I had a MicroD on L4-L5 and 2 weeks after surgery I re-herniated. Now I am post-op 8 days from my second Micro-D. Surgeons do not know how I re-herniated, just figure the first one didnt get it all. I find that you have to listen to your body. Especially this time around. I get up out of bed multiple times a day to use the bathroom, eat, refill my water, let the dogs in/out, etc. I dont worry about how long I've been walking just that I am walking. As for lifting I'm not allowed to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk(9lbs) for 8 weeks. Right now sleep, laying in bed, and the walking I talked about earlier are the only things I do. From the sounds of it you are moving enough that you should not have to worry about blood clots. Try and take this time to allow your body to heal and not push it farther than it tells you too. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    L4-L5 Herniated 02-02-2013 (Slipped on Ice)
    L4-L5 MicroD 08-07-2013, Reherniated 10-21-2013
    L4-L5 MicroD Revision 10-07-2013, Reherniated 10-17-2013
    L4-L5 PLIF/TLIF 10-02-2013
    Released From Surgeon & All Restrictions 03-06-2014
  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 142
    My surgeon recommended working up to one mile in the first month, then increasing slowly up to 2 miles the next month. I followed that and I even was up right after my surgery but one week post surgery developed blood clots in my good leg. Very frustrating as I was a runner with no risk factors prior to my surgery and my surgery was only one hour in length.

    Come to find out after spending all summer on Coumadin and now being tested that I have Factor V Leiden and possible low protein levels. These most likely led to my clots and although I had no family history I ended up with clots!

    Walking helps but you never know what other factors can lead to blood clots.
  • PaulPPaul Posts: 730
    edited 10/15/2013 - 3:47 PM
    The first few post-op weeks are crucial. Please:
    no bending lifting, twisting, sneezing, coughing, retching, gagging, hard laughing, nudging, straining, dragging, kicking, punching, deep knee bends, exertions, ... you get the idea. Try to sacrifice now for better results later; limit yourself to 5 lbs or so.

    It took me maybe 6 months to fully recover. Keep a log of your distances. Beware of the honeymoon period you are in right now. Just go nice and easy. My surgeons wanted me to do aquatic pool therapy, walking back and forth in the pool neck or chest high in the water.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • thanks eveeryone! my drs office was making me feel like im laying down too much and not doing enough. i honestly couldnt do more if i wanted to. if i walked around longer than 10 min i start to get some leg pains again and my incision is still pretty sore and uncomfortable. im fine with taking it easy and honesly i could go months without lifting stuff...my biggest issue is my baby. he is 15 lbs now and i am hoping to be able to lift him at 6 weeks... we will see i guess.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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