I have been off sick for four months herniated L4/L5/L5/S1 DDD
and moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis. I was initially signed off by my GP and was seen by a spinal surgeon who suggested physio caudal epidurals and see how those go and that I would benefit from lighter duties at work. So far I have had 3 physio apps and started pain class but was told to stop as it was exacerbating my pain symptoms this was done via the occupational health physio.
Any how to cut a long story short I am still fighting for epidurals am still signed off sick and have serious pain issues. I am on tramadol, voltarol, codiene and lyrica. Plus the use of a tens machine and heat therapy. My pain levels remain moderate to severe dependent upon the level of activity I am involved in.
Today my manager called and told me that she had recieved notification from occupational health that I could return to light duties. Therefore come Monday morning I will be back in work working as a records clerk, rather than a senior scrub nurse in the operating theatres.
Here's my point these decisions were made without any involvement with me. The occupational health physio is well aware of my pain issues. It feels like I have been side swiped by my manager to come back to work so as she does not have to replace a records clerk who is off long term sick. My Gp has not been involved and my pain issues have not been resolved.
The benefits are that I won't go onto half pay at the end of January and I know I have to show willing. It's just the way it's been done. I get the impression that she would not be happy if I was to question these decisions. I have managed to negotiate that my return won't take place till December 3rd and it will be a phased return. Maybe I am being over sensitive and should just be grateful for the fact that she has managed to redeploy me whatever her reasons.
I suppose I will just have to try it and see. Well thats me vented for the day I am off for some tramadol and to lash my TENS machine on.Any opinions or advice welcome.