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Catsaunders, I know what your going through. I just had a 2-level fusion at L3-L4, L4-L5 on dec. 6th. I also hurt early in the morning and after my walk in the evening.
I just started walking slowly on my treadmill each day and got the okay from my dr. to do some activity in a indoor pool.
Fusions are major surgeries. The trauma to your back is tremendous. The recovery time can be long. You must listen to your dr. on what to do and not to do.Walking is the best thing you can do for your body.
I don't know how old you are or what you do for a living. That could be the difference of going back to work in 3months or it could be 6 months. If you over do it, you could easily set your self back for a month or two.
I'm 57yrs old and work in manufacturing. I have a deadline for myself of going back to work on march 1st.
I had a single level fusion back in 2004. I was off work for 16 weeks. When I went back to work I still hurt. I was probably 75%. At the 14 month mark, all of a sudden I started feeling much better. The dr. at that time told me that was when my fusion was totally fused. I still have the hardware in me at L5-S1.
The one thing I can tell you is your body will heal and your fusion will take if you follow your dr. orders.
Like tetonteri66 posted, drink plenty of water and eat right. Exercise but don't overdo. One day you might feel good and think you can walk 3 miles instead of your usual 1 mile and then later really pay for it. You know how you feel after walking in the evening. Well, it can be alot worse !
I know from past fusion that you just can't speed up the process of healing. I wish you well. Good Luck in your recovery. Keep in touch.

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