I am new to this site, found while trying to find information, on recovery do's and do not's,after surgery .I am at home 5 days after L4 L5 decompression, 4screws and wedge, after 3 years of dumbness in right leg when walking and pain in lower back r/h side. It was just a problem I allways tried to manage with pain killers, I was told by our national accident insurance company that it was degenerative not accident so not covered, and they pay you while you are off work, my own medical insurance company only pays for the operation, so I just got on with the pain, after a conversation with my employer they agreed to cover my wages after my holidays were used up, so after saving holidays I go it done.
So I'm home 6 weeks off work, walking, the doc said was ok, he didn't say how far, in fact he's not a very talkative chap, just good at what he does, or so I'm told.
Can I hang washing and vacuum, my wife works at the kids school, I struggle to tie shoe laces, I pick up things off the ground by lowering from the knees, while staying straight. How much time do I need to rest horizontal during the day, I know about no heavy lifting, but in the first 6 weeks, is that a six pack of beer, I am solidly built gym frequenter, which could probably get me into trouble, because I'd think I can lift it, I think I need to train my mind to say stop, think, and say No. I am still taking the pain killers, it only hurts when changing position, the nerve is no longer being crushed by the L4 L5 disc, so no pain while walking, which is strange when it's no longer there.
It's hard for me not to do much, very hard. So any ides or thoughts would be great, I have read a lot of posts, and I wish I had known about this site before, such amazing stories and people.
I had decompression and stabilisation of L4/L5 including L5 root