I'm so anxious to hear what others are doing during an entire 24hr. period at anywhere 4 to 6 weeks post-op from ALIF surgery. I feel confused and unsure of myself having no actual guidelines for this period. I am still laying down a lot. I do my PT exercises at least once a day, pelvic tilts, glute squeezes, leg extensions etc. But this doesn't even take 20-30 minutes. I get out of bed and walk around the house frequently but not for long periods of time max 10 mins at a time. I sit max 15 mins at a time. I tried sitting through my daughter's 13th birthday dinner for about 45mins to 1hr but was very sore after. My mobility is good, but I do have some pain at the fusion site. I just stop when it's painful and lay down again. I am asking what are others doing based on their pain limits. If you have lots of pain are you laying down? If you are not having lots of pain, are you walking a lot during the day, sitting, or still laying down a lot? I worked so hard with the information about the first 2 weeks post-op that I am confused now and wondering if I am laying down way too much. The one think I cannot do due to pain is sit propped up in bed, too much pushing on the fusion site. I will be so grateful for any insights and experience people might share.
Confused but hopeful!