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Post op l5-s1 microdisectomy

JkibblerJJkibbler Posts: 1
edited 06/25/2015 - 10:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my microdisectomy yesterday at around 4pm, the pain on the ride home (76 miles) was excruciating, I slept in the floor as I have since last October, the pain has lessened dramatically today. Still hurts lretty bad, even with the pain killers. But my post op paperwork said to be walking a mile after the first 2 weeks and 2 miles by week 3. My question to anyone who has had this done is whether or not I should be trying to do a lot of walking now or wait til the start of week 2?
For now I'm just trying to let my body tell me how much I can move or walk, but I dknt want to lay down for long periods of time because I'm worried the disc will try to stick again and not move freely. I've called my surgeon to get these answers but still waiting on a call back so any input would be appreciated.

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  • obviously check with your surgeon, but i was encouraged to walk as much as possible within the threshold of pain after the surgery to reduce the formation of scar tissue, get blood flowing ,etc etc.

    may take a while to improve, the analogy i was given after mine was if you drop a brick (the disc in this case) on your foot (the nerve in this case), you can remove the brick but the foot isn't instantly pain free, and nerves take a long time to get better.
    1994 - herniated disc l4/l5 l5/s1 - sciatica - l4/l5 discectomy
    2011 - l4/l5/ l5/s1 herniated disc/scar tissue - sciatica - discectomy
    now - recurrent disc protrusion l5/s1, lots of back pain, considering fusion/adr

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