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Back Problems board

I am 7 1/2 weeks post op from a 2 level (L4 - S1) fusion. I am probably an exception to most of the things you read on this board, but I wanted to share my experience. I was back to work in 2 1/2 weeks after the surgery and was taking Extra Strength Tylenol for pain management. I have a desk job, but do a lot of walking throughout the day. I continue to improve and had no problem going back to work. I have been working everyday ever since and put in between 9-12 hr days. I am now excercising on an eliptical trainer and doing light exercises with weights for my arms and shoulders. My doctor has encouraged me to be as active as possible, as long as I am not bending or twisting. I continue to wear my back brace all the time until I reach 12 weeks. Then I will start PT. I had the same questions prior to my surgery. Everyone heals differently, so listen to your body. The most important thing for me is to keep positive about recovery and continue to set goals. I wish you the best of luck.