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A little confused on this over doing it thing

Im now two + weeks out of a l5 / s1 surgery along with basically everything else done from L2 to L5, this isn’t my rodeo having had microdiscectomies years earlier. I’ve been walking and driving since a week post op, I haven’t experienced any issues except for stiffness and sore muscles at the end of the day when sitting, I still can’t sleep in a bed cause I have to sleep on my side and that tends to aggravate my muscles and lying flat doesn’t work either. I keep hearing about over doing it from other people including a pain management dr I had before the surgery. When I left the hospital the dr from the surgery center said you back isn’t going anywhere ( that I’d basically have to get hit by a car for me to mess it up). I don’t  BLT at all but I’m active. I know non fusion is a big dangerous thing but I also Know that scar tissue is just as bad if not worse and I want to avoid it at all costs. How do I find that balance? 



  • Just keep walking and find a baseline to work to @universe777 .

    If you pushed the healing too early the body may kick back, so I will say as my surgeon said to me, when ask how much and when etc.  'Listen to your body'.  That was the best advice I got from all instructions I received.

    Good luck with your recovery and glad everything went to plan and you are progressing in your recovery.

    Take care 


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