leg discomfort after back surgery

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leg discomfort after back surgery

I'm 4 weeks out of having successful major back surgery, but I'm having a hard time getting my legs back. Their weak with a bit of discomfort, not pain. In fact, with the grace of God and an excellent doctor I am pain free for the first time in 9 years. Just need some advise about getting the legs back. I walked as much as I could before the surgery and have been walking since the third day afterwards. Does any one have some experience with this or should I wait another 3 weeks for therapy to start? liz a

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Last seen: 3 years 11 months ago
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Joined: 11/14/2008 - 9:31pm
weak legs after surgery

From my experience and what I heard from others it is common to have weakness in your legs. My advice is to check with your surgeon and see if aqua therapy would be beneficial to you. That helps build the strength in your legs and you don't even realize the resistance workout you are getting with your legs.

liz a (not verified)
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yes, I remember the doctor

yes, I remember the doctor saying that Aqua therapy would help but I thought that it was reg therapy. Thank you and I'll call him tomorrow to find out if its something that I can start before therapy.

Last seen: 5 years 1 week ago
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Joined: 12/30/2008 - 12:07am
Welcome to the board ~

You are still very early in the recovery process. Remember that it may take about as long to get your strength back as you were effected by the back pain. You didn't just wake up one day and have the problem that brought you to surgery. At least for most of us, it was a gradually process...and your strength will gradually return. You must GRADUALLY increase your physical activity. Don't make the mistake of thinking you feel good and then doing way more than your body can handle.

Take it easy...just keep walking and then rest. Walk and rest. Before you know it, you will be feeling stronger.

Did you have a fusion? If so, it can take a long time to feel energetic and strong again. Don't be discouraged. Most people feel this way after fusion.