I've had two back surgeries and the reasons that he wants you moving is, the longer that you are sitting, the blood is pooling in your legs, calves and feet- the higher the chance of developing blood clots. The same goes for any time you are spending too much time sitting.
He wants to start walking a minimum of 20 minutes three times a day- because you need to keep the rest of your muscles strong and functioning as best as they can be. The longer you sit, the more all of your muscles are wasting away, and it takes twice as long to build them back up again. If you wait too long to get up to the 20 minutes a day, three times a day, then it will take longer for PT to get you back on your feet as you should be once your back fully heals.
I know that it hurts, and I know that it won't get better, it will get worse if you don't get those minimal 20 minutes , three times a day done. It will be that much harder to get you back to being able to function at home , and better yet, at work.
You may be surprised to find that a tylenol added to your pain meds, if you are not on one that has tylenol will do wonders to boost the pain killers in them.
Ice and heat, now that you are healed up also help relieve some of the pain.
Do your best to get to those 20 minutes, they mean an awful lot to your recovering as you should and not having problems down the road.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.