I had the surgery on Jan 18. Doc has to re-evaluate progress in another couple of weeks. I had a big setback after 3 weeks of the flu and violent coughing (that can actually re-herniate the disc). Incision area has healed (on the outside, anyway), but gets a little tender from clothes rubbing after walking. Any positive milestone is welcome, no matter how seemingly insignificant! The proof:
The walks are less painful than sitting for any length at the computer or in a chair. After about 30 minutes my back and spine hurt. Sitting is actually one of the worst things for recovery from spine surgery. Walking is least painful, though in my case the neuropathy makes walking unpleasant at times. Conflicting problems are making this recovery slower than the norm (6 weeks). I am just keeping fingers crossed that the next MRI shows all is well. No bending, twisting or carrying more than 5 lbs will be the rule for some time.