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1.5 mos post op take 2

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So far so good the x-rays are showing great fixation. the lyrica has done wonders for the pain and burning in my legs. I'm down to a dose of everything day! The doc from the sounds of it is going to try to send me back to work sometime in Feb. I don't see how he thinks that putting me back on light duty where they treat you like garbage is better for me then it was pre-surgery. I asked him about PT and his answer was he avoids it whenever possible post op since he has seen PT's make things worse then better, I have to agree at least out here the Pt's i went to prior to surgery apart from not listening to what their patients are telling them just flat out made it worse.


  • Sounds like you are on the right track. I am not sure exactly what procedure did you have, but if you feel that Feb. would be too early to back to work, maybe you could talk to your doc about extending your leave a bit. As far as PT, many surgeons wait with it until the patient is well healed or fused before ordering PT. Walking seems to be the universal advise to increase your strength. Maybe later on you can work out with light weights or do some leg exercises, but don't rush into these too early.

    Good luck,

  • That seems a bit early to send you back to work before you're ready. I would ask your PCP if he can give you a note to stay out longer. We don't know what surgery you had. Could you add it to your signature place through your account on top and edit. Are you still using pain meds also because I don't think you're allowed to work only in special circumstances depending on the job. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Talk about pushing it...I got 8.5 weeks for a lam/disc L5-S1 and I am a desc jockey!
  • Happy to hear x-rays show good placement. wish you well in your recovery. walking is best dont do any more than the pain you tolerate allows you to. PT in my opinion is a risk so soon .
  • you're not ready for PT then how can you be ready for work?
    That seems very silly to me.

    I know what you mean about being treated like garbage if you are on light duties. Before my surgery I went back to work for a short time. I explained to my co-workers that I needed to sit not stand to do my job because of my back and the reply was "we all have bad backs- live with it" Great!

    Hope you can postpone it for a while.
    Blessings Sara
  • catch is I haven't had a Primary doc in 6 yrs between traveling constantly for the bulk of it and having my current employer screw around with my hours so i don't qualify for insurance. just redid my sig.
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