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L4L5 360 Surgery 4/29/2014

MissyLouMMissyLou Posts: 3
edited 06/20/2014 - 7:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had back surgery almost eight weeks ago. This is the first time to actually post anything. The surgery went extremely well. I was up and walking down the hall to the nurses station after being back in my room from recovery in about 2 hours. I was concerned because you never seem to hear anything good about back surgery. I came home almost 24 hours after surgery. I had wonderful help at home. Getting up and down out of the bed and going to the bathroom was the worst for the first 3 days. Everything improved after that. I began walking first in the house every 20 minutes or so when I was up. The doctor said it was my job and it would speed recovery. By the end of week one I was walking a mile outside with my friend the backbrace and my cousin (awesome helper). By the end of week two I was walking 4 miles (still with the lovely backbrace). I had my followup appt. at week 2. Thought I was going to be able to start therapy but was told that grafting needed more time to heal. 4 more weeks to be exact. Continued walking and was able to add my dogs back into the walk (still with my friend, the backbrace). I have big dogs so I had to take them one at a time. Luckily for me they are old just like me. I'm 59. I continued walking and moved that up to 5 miles a day. Week 6 back to the doctor for my checkup. Yay.... Moved to physical therapy and no more backbrace (now kinda scary without it... came to rely on it). I'm not a fan of going somewhere for therapy but at least it's just down the road. Now I'm doing the bike and all the other back associated stretches. My hamstrings are really tight. Probably part of the problem to begin with. I wanted to post here to share that there really are people that have back surgeries that seem to be working. Therapy has me a little stiff but I feel better than I have in a number of years. I would appreciate any great tips on best moves to keep me on the right track. I really don't want to get over zealous. The goal is to be healthy and strong. Thanks in advance for in any tips.


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