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worried 5 wks post op

mema62mmema62 Posts: 7
edited 09/07/2015 - 9:37 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i am new. aug 30 had l3 l4 l5 and screws an post as well as removing blockages. an nerve protection repair. today i did a brief.lunch out. a smalll petsmart trip with walker and rode in a grocery electric cart to pick up a few light weight items. i ried yo be careful. when i. got home i am really sore on sides snd a headache. do you think i did any damage? i have just been hanging round house walking off an on and sitting. an relaxing. is it just over activity? i took a psin pill . my husband drives me snd i have been so depressed i just needed to get out. should i be worried. or just sore. 64 yrs old.

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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 646
    You sound like Super Woman compared to me, and you're 7 yrs older than me. I wasn't able to do much after my lumbar fusion. I didn't even feel up to going to my 2 week post op visit. I mainly just felt sick, and my body didn't move that well.

    You're probably fine, just sore muscles, but I would call you're surgeon's office to make sure, give yourself peace of mind. You said you were 5 weeks post op, but you must have meant 5 days. Darn those drugs.
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