Fusion surgery of L2----L5
I just had fusion surgery of L2----L5 nine and a half days ago. My problem before surgery was 4 bulging discs & curved spine. The last 6 years have been the worst with Sciatica going down to my foot at about 10 on the pain scale at times. I am 65 years and have worked with weights, stretching and cardio type exercise most of my life. I have never been over weight, When I entered the hospital I weighed 134 pounds and 5' 8".
I was up and walking about 3 hours after surgery and continued to improve for the 3 days in the hospital. By the 2nd day I walking somewhat normal and no walker or cane. I am hope now and I am walking everyday at least 2 miles a day at an average pace. At the hospital they me some exercises and I do those 2 about twice a day.
My question is how can I keep my upper body strength and not do any damage to the fusion? I have talked with my Doctor and wants me to hold off for a while on any weights more than 5 pounds.
Any suggestions anyone can give my I will run by my doctor first before I do anything. I have 1st post op appt. on 6/2/2014.