I am 10 weeks post Op L5/S1 TLIF with screws and rods.
Started PT 2 weeks ago. Doc told me to do what I could tolerate and set my own restrictions. At this point I can walk the treadmill upto 3 miles a day. Any uneven or outdoor, mall walking results in less distance and back pain. I still can not sit up for longer than 30minutes and somethimes only for 5 minutes. There still are many meals that I can not make it through without having to stand at the table with my family. If I attempt any activities that might be considered normal, i run out of steam quickly and once the back pain and sciatica starts, all my energy is zapped and I can do nothing but go rest in bed.
Friday after some pretty aggressive PT and a little too much activity, the leg and foot pain (burning and tingling) were worse than prior to surgery.
I am seriously starting to consider that I may never be able to return to work at all if I can not sit!
Where do I go from here??