After a few days, you will start to feel much better and have more energy. Because of this, many people decide that they can disregard the instructions given to them by their OSC Spine Specialist and do whatever they want. CAUTION: this is not the time to start vacuuming the house or mowing the lawn. Overdoing it can result in a serious set-back in healing and may cause an increase in pain. Sometimes, these set-backs may necessitate the use of a bone growth stimulator to jump-start and maintain the healing process. If you have a lot of energy, it is perfectly fine to take a walk. It is not okay to clean out the attic or paint the house.
You may also feel that you no longer need to take your pain medications. If your pain has diminished to the point that you feel you can do without, fantastic! However, remember that if you have pain, it is okay to continue taking your pain medication, as prescribed by your physician.
Having surgery traumatizes the body, but it also triggers multiple and complex healing processes which take time to fully bring about recovery. Be patient with yourself and with your body as you heal. It is important to continue to get sufficient rest so that your tissues can regenerate. You should be eating a nutritious diet, rich in vegetables, with lean meats and whole grains, to give your body the nutrients necessary to recover fully.
Remember to abide by lifting restrictions, 20 pounds maximum for all spine surgeries, until released by your OSC Spine Specialist.
Following these guidelines will help you to have the best possible outcome from your surgery.
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