What has your spine surgeon advised you? What where the instructions given to you?
Usually the instructions are no bending, no turning, no twisting, no stooping, no reaching beyond the length of your arm at waist level and no lifting anything heavier than 3 -5 pounds.
All of this for a period of at least 3 weeks.
Once that point is past, physical therapy for a period of 8 weeks, going twice a week to learn how to properly strengthen your core muscles, move correctly when you bend, turn, twist, stoop and walk.
i had a micro 7 years ago and let me tell you your in for a long painfull ride. i had to have 3 surgeries in 3 months when this all started . after my first i was still in so much pain the doc thaught i was lying and pawned me off on someone else and thank God he did when they went back in i had peices of bone floating around and broken and jagged and it was causing all the pain then they had to go in again and clean up the mess and scar tissue then a couple years later i had a fusion done no rods. and this helped so much more than any of them the pressure off my righ leg got alot better i had to sit on my hands all the time my sciatic was so bad now its still painfull but the constant pressur pain is gone. pain will be v our new best friend but youll learn to accept it and cary on after all thats all you can do. any questions feel free to ask ill help best i can ive been ther trust me lol good luck