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Disk replacement & spinal fusion (L4-L5): Post-op concerns

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I am sorry but I disagree with the other member regarding a walking aid for a few reasons..
1. When I was in the hospital, I recieved OT & PT. They both suggested that I continue with a walker until my 6 or 8 week f/u.
2. Your legs are weak and in pain. As a result you probably don't have good balance. The LAST thing you want to do is fall. Falling could be DISASTROUS. This has been pounded into my head.
3. Walking IS the best! My doc said 3 times a day up to 15 min. I started at 5 minutes in my house. When I walkeed in the house I did not use an aid. But I did walk near furniture or a wall just in case.
I am just sharing my experience.
As far as pain meds, each state is different. I live on Florida. I was given enough meds to get thrpugh to my first post op. I was then given enogh for the next 2 weeks . By then I was reducing how often I took it since I wasn't able to get any more. So check. And DON'T let the pain get ahead of you. When you do, you need pain meds more often because it usually does not help as well.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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I’m keeping using the walker, I got dizzy last night and was glad it was there. I’m seeing regular Dr today for wound check. I’m going to ask for 2 weeks more of pain pills.

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