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At whatlevel was your surgery (which disc?)?

If you need to use the walker, use it, and don't feel bad it. You will get stronger soon enough and will not need it. Do not use a cane. It puts too much stress on one side of the body, which is the last thing you want. With a walker, at least your weight is distributed evenly.

In my opinion, age doesn't have all that much to do with recovery from this type of surgery. It depends more on what was specifically done in a particular patient's procedure. Don't worry about the toe for now. The surgeon probably had to move the nerve or push it aside so it will be angry for awhile.

Keep walking as you are doing. Short walks frequently are the best way to stretch out those spinal nerves to keep scar tissue from attaching to them!

Be patient. Recovery takes awhile, and patience is needed.
[QUOTE=teteri66;5086474]At whatlevel was your surgery (which disc?)?

If you need to use the walker, use it, and don't feel bad it. You will get stronger soon enough and will not need it. Do not use a cane. It puts too much stress on one side of the body, which is the last thing you want. With a walker, at least your weight is distributed evenly.

In my opinion, age doesn't have all that much to do with recovery from this type of surgery. It depends more on what was specifically done in a particular patient's procedure. Don't worry about the toe for now. The surgeon probably had to move the nerve or push it aside so it will be angry for awhile.

Keep walking as you are doing. Short walks frequently are the best way to stretch out those spinal nerves to keep scar tissue from attaching to them!

Be patient. Recovery takes awhile, and patience is needed.[/QUOTE]

Sorry, I forgot to mention, it is L5-S1 and it was done on both sides so both sciatic nerves were involved. I will continue with the walker but I do feel I am getting a bit stronger each day. Last night I started practicing walking with just pushing on my husband's finger tips. It was good for about 10 steps then I started to really tighten up in my back again and went back to the walker.
Thanks for the reassurance. Sometimes physio has a way of making people feel bad for using mobility aids they actually need. There shouldn't be any shame in it!





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