Hi, I started back to work this week after my 2nd back surgery. This past July, I had ALIF on L4/L5 with cages/BMP only. One of the cages rocked it's way to push into my spinal cord. I was having so much pain that my neuro decided to do revision PLIF surgery on 12/04 on L4/L5. While he was in there, he noticed my L3/L4 was really loose and put screws into that level also...so I have six screws. He left the cages in and removed some bone to relieve the compression from the cage movement.
I've had a pretty good recovery, pain has stayed at a dull ache in my surgery area. Incision healed up great.
I have a sitdown job being a team leader of a computer programming group of six people. Everyone's glad I'm back, but it's been stressful and things have waited on me to come back to be addressed. There are also a lot of new request for our group to support that I'm sifting through and trying to plan. So I'm stressed. I've only worked 4-5 hours a day and I have an hour drive to/from work everyday too....and two kids in school, 10 and 15. My husband hasn't been a lot of help since he has a high stress manager job and also drives an hour to/from work.
Okay, now for the real questions....I've been so sore this week through my low back, mid back, neck and shoulders that I'm on the edge of crying. I'm back to taking regular doses of my muscle relaxers (generic Soma during the day and a flexeril at night) and Lortab 10s. It even hurts to breath. Does this sound normal or should I really get checked for fibromyalgia? I've had bouts of soreness and tiredness before both surgeries. My GP always checked my regular bloodwork and gave me a flu test. He kept chalking it up to stress, my blood pressure, and other things.
Could all the soreness and fatigue just be from trying to get back into the swing of work? I'm surprised that working only 4 to 5 hours that I'm feeling so much soreness and all. I had complained of fatigue to the neuro before this last surgery and he did a SED rate and it was normal. My gut feeling is that I need a new doctor that will listen to me and find out what this is since I had it before the surgeries, but I wanted to see what everyone thought about what is the "norm" on going back to work and how others have felt their first week.