Welcome to the team. Surgery is not fun as I am sure you are more than well aware of. I am recovering from my 7th surgery. I had stopped walking for almost 15 months so recovery is a slow, slow process.
You have commented about gaining weight, are you on Lyrica or an antidepressant? These can cause great weight increases. If you are on them, see ifyoucan come off of them.
For now, just try to monitor your food intake by using the nutritional tracker. After a week or two of just monitoring, see where you can make some cuts in your caloric intake.
Do not go any faster than you are told to. Make sure that you are observing your spinal precautions while in the brace. Getting the fusion to become solid are is the most important part of your surgery. Are you in pt? Could you have pt? You are about 10 weeks post op? If that is correct, I know the book I was given about fusions only has one keeping a walking log for now walking a minimum of 20 minutes a day. They recommend starting with four 5 min walks. You should be striving to either add time ( up to 10 minutes a week) or speed ( several tenths of a mile on days you don't increase time). At 12-18 weeks, you should start movement initiation and advanced stregthening with a pt, 1-3 times a week. At 18-24 weeks, you should have a complete fusion and be headed to returning to sports. These were the normal levels for most people. I had my surgery at the end of january and I am just trying to walk up to 12 minutes twice a day and I go between a walker and cane. I have been in pt since june and I am set to stay in it until the first week of October. This just is to show you that we all recover at our own pace. I do hope that your pain is being maintained. You sound as if you are planning to do all you can to keep your health.
Best of luck. There is a daily chat if you want to make contact with others. You can discuss anything you want there from health to jobs to funtimes. Maybe I will see you on the Daily chat
Enjoy life when you can, as life changes when you least expect it!!!
| Pounds lost: 12.0