Since my surgery, I felt that 12 weeks, (I'm post one level PLIF), was the magic point in recovery. Today I did a few errands without my brace. That was really a nice feeling.
Still I'm not able to lift more than 6-8lbs without a pulling feeling in my back, and after being up and around after 1.5-2 hours the pain begins. Nights are still rough. I walk/rest everyday, and do a few things around the house. No work yet since my job is very labor-intensive. I can't imagine doing any job at this point!
My surgeon gave me few preop/postop instructions. How much is the weight limit for 12 weeks and beyond?
I have come to terms with my many limitations and the severity of pain at time. I do, of course, want to manage them the best way possible.
I appreciate everyone who has helped me in so many ways get to this point.
Bless you all,