I've been reading and posting to the forum for a few weeks now, and have had people question the date that I'm to return to work (with doctor approved). I had a one level PLIF with decompression and hardware (L5-S1) on December 4. It's been two weeks now and I'm scheduled for my doctor visit on Jan 5th with the understanding that I will return to work the following day. I'm an office manager and spend most of my time sitting at a desk and using the computer.
Am I being unrealistic in my return date? During my initial visit the doctor stated that I would need to be off for "at least" a month, so I have basically gone with that in completing my FMLA paperwork. My husband wanted to know if this date is perhaps too early. I'm feeling pretty good if I alternate during the day from standing, sitting and lying down. The back is still pretty tender even with the pain meds that I'm taking. My biggest fear is falling on the icy surfaces (we live in the midwest).
I know each person's situation plays a huge part in this; however,I'm curious about the time frame others have experienced. Any thoughts?? Thanks.