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Are you still walking???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
OK, I am curious to know how many are still walking and how often, how far etc. When I started coming to the board there was a lot of talk about walking but I haven't read much lately.

1) How far along are you and from what surgery
2) How long do you walk for?
3) are you back at work?

Personally, I dont walk as much as I did about 10 weeks ago but I was given a heart rate monitor and I think I over did it, trying to get my heart rate up. Got a lot of new and painful symptoms so I have eased off the walking a bit and slowed down. (Put the HR monitor away for now)
I am nearly 7 months post 3 level L3-S1 fusion

When I do walk I generally do about 20 minutes, have a rest then another 20 minutes. Unless I go to the mall and there I amble for an hour or 2 just sitting when I need to.I do need to take a pain killer before I go walking or I wont last the distance.

I am not working yet

I would be really interested in hearing from everyone else.

Blessings Sara O:)


  • Greetings Sara, great topic BTW!!!

    1) How far along are you and from what surgery

    No surgery yet, got a partial diagnosis, but I feel that something else is adding to my pain and newfound fatigue which only began as the cold set in.I am so exhausted, yet blood sugars are well within rage at the time.

    2) How long do you walk for?

    Before this all happened, I was walking upwards of 5 miles a day, sometimes mid paced running via treadmill as well + weight lifting(more for stamina and tone).Currently, the longest walked was a mile on halloween night w/ my friends child-I payed for a week-spasms,stiffness, and left knee went out.Got a cane now and walk as strength and symptoms allow which is less than 100 yards/15 mins roughly on an average pain day.

    3) are you back at work?

    I have been on SSDI now for almost 3 years, due to my bipolar and many failed attempts at getting back into work mode.The new back issues have pretty much ruined my chances now.
  • I loved to walk and the whole spectrum of walking ability is here, is should be universal on the basis that you do get some benefit and however hard I tried my walking capability has diminished through my failed fusion, over time and distance. Walking increases my pain and for me I attempt to use a strategy that works for me and may here continue to glean some benefit from walking that I miss so much.

    I am now the loyal faithful pet dog, tied to a post awaiting my master, I sit at every given opportunity and my existence is equated by the movement from one bench to another, I have a map in my head, when and when to go and how to get from place to place. I sit and discuss bygone times with those of substantial age and smile a lot.

    After many years I am back at work part time, I used what I like to call my down time to improve my opportunities and did some voluntary work in what I had the desire to do, this developed into a job and here I am, still using my sitting and smiling strategy, that the inclusion into employment has given me back. Working was my goal, every day and those long nights, a long term strategy and plan to find adequate areas where even with limited functionality I could be included. Given the right support and help you will hopefully be back in some employment and moving forward.

    Take care and I wish you every success in your desires.


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  • I did alot more in the months following my surgery and have to admit...since I am more active...I am not making the effort to walk just to walk. I do walk my dogs now..couldn't do that for quite a while. So I take two walks in the morning (two big ones go together & little guy goes alone).sometimes I walk them again in the afternoon. BUT, I keep saying, I need to take a walk..but just don't do it! I find I feel better over-all when I walk; even a short walk helps.

    I was walking up to 2 miles a day...and probably do that with the dogs, though not at all the same time. I keep forgetting my pedomoter. I have a treadmill and promise to get on it, even for a short time.

    I have been home from my special education job..aiming to go back in January. Have to admit I am concerned about that..but think I will give it a try and if I can't do it, will let the doctor know. I am no my feet and moving ALL DAY at work..so that is what i do at home now..no resting during the day except to stop and eat lunch..kinda of preparing myself for work.
  • Angelback said:
    1) How far along are you and from what surgery
    2) How long do you walk for?
    3) are you back at work?
    6 months and 7 days since surgery to implant spinal cord stimulator

    Walk the dog twice a day and average 45-70 minutes on the treadmill 2 or 3 times a week with riding the bike for a total of 3 to 6 workout days a week

    Went back to work a month after surgery only to quit two weeks later. Now do volunteer work 1 or 2 days a week in Physical Therapy Clinic.

  • Good topic! I always wonder how far others walk - I feel like such a slacker sometimes. I am 4 months post-surgery and walk roughly an hour a day broken up into 15 or 20 minute segments due to hip pain issues. Three days a week I have PT in the pool which is 50 minutes of continuous walking in the water while doing other exercises as I walk. I can walk in the water much longer than on land without discomfort. On those days I walk less on land - about 30 minutes is all I can muster the energy for.

    What I really want to be able to do for any length of time is walk on the beach. It is my favorite place to walk but it does seem harder on my hip so for right now I don't do much walking there.

    Shopping/walking at the mall seems to be the most tiring for me. Maybe it is that while shopping I do more standing than walking. But even just walking there seems more tiring. Maybe it's that the floors in malls are so very hard and thus hard on feet and legs.

    On days like today - very rainy - I try to get in my walking by walking around and around in the house. Very boring but...
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  • 1) How far along are you and from what surgery?

    I am 20 months out from my 5 level 360 lumbar fusion.

    2) How long do you walk for?

    It took me 13 months to be able to walk to start my recovery. I now walk 4 miles a day, at least 5 days a week. I try to walk at a brisk pace and do the 4 miles in 70 minutes or less.

    3) are you back at work?

    I retired after my surgeries which makes it easier for me to walk and workout. If I was working, I wouldn't have the energy or the time to rehab myself.

    Lastly, walking has saved me from a life of inactivity and unbearable pain. I now realize walking will have to be a part of my life and its something I can't stop doing if I want to lead a relatively normal, active lifestyle.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • 1. How far along are you and from what surgery? I'm 5 months out from a one-level fusion.

    2) How long do you walk for? Still can't do the walking yet...my knee hasn't fully recovered from whatever is wrong with it. I tried to walk at least 15 min. twice a day right after surgery until I developed a Plantar's Wart on the bottom of one foot. That took about 6 weeks to resolve, and then the knee started acting up. There seems to be a conspiracy in my body against walking! In Feb. I will qualify for Medicare and hopefully my supplemental insurance will pay for gym membership. I can then start water-walking. (Never thought the prospect of turning 65 would look so good!)

    3) Are you back at work? Prior to surgery, I was working retail in a small women's store part-time. My paycheck usually went to pay for the items I bought! NOT going back to that. Hopefully, I can find a part-time office job soon. I've always done administrative work before.

    BTW...such a good post! Helps us learn more about each other!

  • I am 16 weeks post-op L4-5 fusion. I was walking about 2 miles a day before I went back to work a week ago. At work I walk about 10 miles in my 12 hour shift and am so exhausted once home, can't fathom anymore. I know it is going to be harder to get motivated to walk and exercise now that I am working and my PT is finished. I still go to the YMCA pool and water walk and do my exercises about twice a week. I am looking into joining "Team in Training" to keep up the walking and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration is in January. I know I need a little extra motivation to keep up my walking. I have tried a treadmill and don't really like it. It makes me dizzy when I get off, even slowing down prior. So I hope to keep up the walking as it has help me loose weight among its other Spiney benefits. >:D< Cali-Sue
  • Oh, Joy! You made me laugh with your comments about your paycheck going to pay for the stuff you bought while working! That is exactly the problem I would have. Thanks for the laugh.
  • 1) How far along are you and from what surgery?
    360 Lumbar fusion at L4-L5, 2 months post op.

    2) How long do you walk for?
    Some days like,... Not at all. Other days tons. I've gone hiking, I've walked along the beach, climbed rocks at the beach, walked around the mall all day, moved furniture, ran, etc...

    3) Are you back at work?
    I don't work because of my son's Autism, it's hard to find a job during school hours right now, with the economy the way it is, and since I can't continue my profession due to the stress it puts on my back, I have to start over and find a new career. It will be a while until I figure it all out. But I have clearance to start working in December if I want. I also have clearance to start P.T.

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