I had a TLIF L5-S1 fusion. The PT was happy and surprised how quickly I could walk around the hospital floor and even lift a hand off the walker.
My home is high maintenance, with no Gardner or cleaning lady, budgetary issues.
My sister just left for home, at day 12from my surgery date (07/23/2012).
I have a problem of just sitting while others do all the work needed to do. So, I have reached, walked without my walker, a lot. A couple of times I have gotten so weak at the knees and theback spasms so bad I was put to bed with ice packs and a couple of valiums. Yesterday I really outdid myself "helping" because. Ysister was leaving and she was doing the major of major cleaning of home, ponds, aquariums, etc. to tide me over for another 2 weeks. Same as I did prior to going off to surgery. Bottom line I had a couple of bouts of weak knees and then finally I collapsed to a puddle.
I see my doctor on Monday. I have called my doctor once when I received back a similar leg pain that I had prior to surgery. I was told that my nerves are healing and so as they unravel and heal, I could feel pain here and there for up to 6 months and sometimes up t a year. I was also told that the hardware was strong and if for any reason I fell/tripped and hurt myself, knees may scrape, but bones might break around the hardware, but I wouldn't harm the area where the surgery was done.
So here is my concern: what am I doing wrong to my healing process by bending over and reaching? I a able to walk many times without my walker (leaving it just out of the door while I use the bathroom, as an example). I never go far from the walker but sometimes it's combursome to negotiate and I will walk away from it. I always have my brace on and do everything in my power to use my legs if I have to bend down( walker right there), I believe I'm not twisting around.
Am I healing fast or doing damage?