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nearly 9 weeks post PLIF L4 S1-incision burning

talia22ttalia22 Posts: 15
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i have a couple Q's. the first is what were other people who had my surgery doing at this mark. like 6-8 weeks. i feel like i am not doing enough and doing to much all at once and my dr is useless,
also i have a burning sensation on/in my incisions in lower back. it starts at tge surface but goes deeper. could i have messed something up or could it be the bone fusing. ? or none.did this happen to anyone else?
i keep being told bymy dr's assist. walk walk walk but for how long? i hear that 15 min at a time for about an hour or 2 a day but she is so vague about it i dont know what to do. i asked ifi could get an xray earlier than may (3mth mark) to put my fears aside and she said no. any ideas? or anyone been thru this?


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    On my fusions, the first x ray to see if the fusion is taking place has always been at the 8 wk. mark.
    As for walking. They've always said as many times as you can and let your body be the guide for how long and how many times in the beginning. But take baby steps. Yes that IS a little vague.
    At 8 wks. they were less vague and said 4 x 20 min. a day. But a little longer if you can, let your body be the guide. Take baby steps (and they don't mean baby strides in you steps) They mean raise your length of time and you times per day in small increments. DO NOT HURT YOURSELF!
    It is very easy to do to much, especially on a good day. And you will pay for it! but on the other hand if you just lay around all day, not moving. You'll likely get stiff and freeze up!
    Good luck, Jim
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