I had a 12 level thoracic fusion on December 1st. The first week after was hell, remember that first week everyone!?
Anyway, on the pain meds still & mornings are terrible pain wise & it is still a mission getting in & out of bed, sleeping on a recliner every other night etc.
I have just started to do swimming this week in the morning, just a very slow breastroke for 15-20 mins max, with a bit of walking in the pool also & I gotta tell ya it feels really good. Gives me a no pressure /impact stretch and movement of the whole back and even though I'm exhausted after it & I come home to rest and get some meds into me, I really feel the benefit and after the first swim I had the best most pain free sleep since surgery.
So yeah, just thought I'd let my fellow fusion friends know that if you are doing your walk and managing ,if your doc clears it or you feel you are up to it incorporating a swim ,it has brought me fantastic benefits after this massive surgery (17 hrs, 12 levels).
6 weeks after, still struggling a little but each week is better, have a bad day every now and then still. Seeing my surgeon this week for follow ups and staying positive:)