I just had my microdisc on my l4/l5 last friday (5 days ago) and im def feeling better from before surgery. before surgery i couldnt even stand up for 30 seconds without extreme pain down my leg- i spent 2 months like this and as it turned out had an emergency surgery because all of the inside of my disc had herniated out and was pressing on my spine.
now after surgery i still have numbness/tingling down my leg but not super painful. i also have had a few episods of nerve pain but nothing longer than 30 min and my surgeon says its normal...so im praying with time it passes.
but for now im def better!
my question for those who have had a microd and recovered, how much should i be walking? right now im doing 5 min walks (up and down my hallway) about 5 times a day and the rest of the time im laying down ...so majority of the day laying down.
now my drs office says i should be walking and up and about more to avoid scar tissue and blood clots but they also say let pain be your guide...now if i am letting pain be my guide, this is the max i can do. around 5 min i start to get some small pains in my leg and butt. actually yesterday i walked for 8-10min once and had alot of burning pain in my butt for awhile afterwards and had to take more pain meds.
so my question is, how much did you guys do? my plan is to do 5 min several times a day (4-6 times) and increase it 1 min a day, so tomoroow ill do 6 min several times a day...etc etc.
is this ok? cuz last thing i want is a blood clot!
but i swear i got diff opinions from every nurse at my surgeons office and even the surgeon himself. before surgery he said "oh u can lift your baby (14 lbs) by 2 weeks after" then wheni saw him after surgery he said "oh its gona be closer to 6 weeks" ok? lol anyways advice please!!?!