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05-04-2015, 10:57 AM
Walking is something I know everybody is supposed to do I did walk up three houses I do walk around I walk around my deck but I'm so damn tired I just want to go to lie down...how much walking should I be doing at four weeks about The surgery was April 8. I don't want to be a pest but I don't know of who else to ask this question to. Also I am taking OxyContin 10mg twice a day oxycodone 5mg I think that's three times there is something that's a short acting on I'm taking Valium and gabapentin which they don't really care about but they want me to wean off of oxys and I want to also I just don't know how I do it I have such pain I take Tylenol but how do you wean off that stuff? Thanks.

05-04-2015, 10:21 PM

Since walking is so painful, I'm guessing that you shouldn't be trying to do more. In general, most people are told that they should be doing about 1 mile per day, with a goal of adding a little bit of distance whenever possible, as tolerated.


05-04-2015, 10:39 PM
Cathy - I knew walking was important, too. I was stressing myself about not walking enough. I looked back at my Fitbit account and I was working hard to walk 500 steps for an entire day, at 7 weeks! I'm 6+ months out & I can walk 2 miles at one time, averaging 6-7000 steps a day. Do what you can & increase by tiny increments. If you have an activity monitor, keep track - it's really motivating!

05-05-2015, 12:46 AM
My walking went very slowly.....and it took me a almost a year to get to a mile. I finally did that in the Redwoods National Park Thanksgiving 2008. I have a thread with photos here of that trip. It helped to walk on those soft pine needles in Gods land.

At home, I just kept increasing the amount of homes I would make it to, and turn around. For months I didnít increase the distance, just increased the frequency of the short walks.

When you walk, you will feel how you are doing. If you feel any pain, don t keep pushing, just head back home. Its when we push, we disturb things, soft tissues end up raw, and we sometimes have to sleep for days to recover. So donít push hard.....Just a little bit each day, and one day at a time.

I actually fell hard on that Redwood trip, face forward over a large rock at night, and for a second I thought it was over.....Thatís when I knew I was fused. No CT verification, but THE acid test at 10 months.


05-05-2015, 12:49 AM
Itís a good idea to have ski poles or walking sticks when you walk. One in each hand.....They add support, and if you slip they will help prevent a fall.

They are also good for balance.


05-05-2015, 06:47 PM
I was on far more oxycontin than you and I was slow to get into walking as I was 19 days in hospital. After I came home, from day 20, I improved my walking but I still believe I had a slow start. And I was very sleepy all the time, which I put down to the oxycontin. The days went by quickly because I slept so much so there wasn't much time to walk. Yet, I had a great recovery and went on a swimming/snorkeling holiday o/s at 6 months and was gardening at 7 months (heavy duty, repotting about 100 bromeliads into new, bigger pots.) Never underestimate the improvement that can happen from about 2 months to 6 months. I'm over 6 years out now, and haven't had a squeak of pain since I went off the oxycontin (about 3 months out.) The early days are scary and we want to be on the same level as everyone else, but the truth is, we're all different and our recoveries are also very different.

Having said that, I feel the walking is important but you're so early at this point, I wouldn't be feeling too bad about it. You're probably doing about the same as I did. Just pick it up when you can, as the pain eases. My thoughts are perhaps you need more oxycontin if you're in a lot of pain (but I know this will be frowned upon.) I think you heal better when you're not in pain. Just my opinion.