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Fusion L3-S1 and Decompression 5 months Recovering Well?

jbelljjbell Posts: 4
edited 12/24/2014 - 4:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am done with physical therapy, and I am trying to get back my stamina. I used to speedwalk over 5mph. Now I am sadly at 4 mph. I am currently doing 2.3 miles 3 x per week. I am trying so hard to progress and I have some pain when I lie down at night... and I get TIRED! I am so over not being myself. How many people take this long to get their stamina back? I have my X-rays in about 6 weeks to see the healing. I want to get back to aerobics but I know it will take time. I thought I was doing so well and here I am on this forum whining.

I had a deep tissue massage for the scar tissue and my left side is pretty sore from nerve pain I think. I feel like I got kicked by a horse, even the skin is sore. It has been this way for months. I know it isn't "real". How many of you have that kind of thing? I am 62 BTW, but I did hi impact aerobics until 6 months before the surgery and I couldn't do it anymore. I want to loose the ten pounds I have gained. Help! Tell me how you all did this?

Thank you for listening to me whine. It usually isn't my style.


  • You are ONLY 5 months out from a fusion surgery..........fusion recovery can take about a year before you are back to what you would consider most of your normal activities and activity levels.
  • Thank you for your reply.
    Really? I tend to be hard on myself. Is it normal to be so tired after exercise?
  • Remember, your body has been through a lot, and is still recovering. Your stamina has lowered because of all of the physical exertion involved in the acute post op recovery.......this is the middle stage now and you are going to tire easily until your stamina slowly increases and you are able to do things more easily. It seriously took me more than a year before I wasn't exhausted just from trying to get around, and do the basics.
  • But you will be lucky if your stamina returns by your year anniversary. That is what takes the longest. As far as returning to your aerobics, I was allowed to do that after eight months of a similar fusion than yours. But be prepared to do a modified version, as some moves you should still be avoiding.
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