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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all
My name is Ann. It's nice to be here.
I have been reading these boards since I found them a month ago. It has been so helpful with lots of information.
I had a TLIF L3-4 L4-5 last week. I think I'm doing ok, but I am so afraid I'm going to do something wrong and mess up the surgery or the screws or something. Does anyone else have that problem? I work in a hospital, so I will be off for 8-12 wks (so the NS says). I have to stand most of the day and wear a lead apron. It scares me to even think about going back to work. But I am not one to stay home, either.

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  • I had a three level PLIF in dec 06 L3-S1 and I was back at work in 6-7 weeks, which really was too soon I should have taken some extra time. Since then I have re-injured a couple of times & today I crashed & burned as my last set of injections wore off this morning ! OMG!!!!! If you are working in theatre or radiology (guessing from the lead apron remark)(guessing your a radiologist!) the thought of that would scare me at your stage - mind you today that just scares me ! LOL When ever you feel rough you'll always be scared of messing things up - so if you have to debate whether it is sensible to do something or not then you probably shouldn't be doing it in the first place! Your body will let you know when work is a real option. Good luck with your recovery. db.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and asnwer what questions we can. the best of luck for a healthy recovery. :D try and relax and let things start to heal up.. :D stick to what your doctor told you and you can't go wrong. :D stay in touch! Jenny :)
  • Good luck on your recovery and I feel sure that you will be just fine if you follow docs orders.
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    Right now, your most important thing to do is to stick to all the restrictions and limitations that your doctor informed you for. What has your doctor said in terms of you returning to work? Besides the 8 to 10 weeks. You are so new out of surgery, I would not rush anything. Standing on your feet all day at the hospital ( can I assume you are in the radiology dept?) can really be tiring and hard to do
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  • Thank you, DB, Jenny, JJGrey, and Ron,

    I work in a cardiac cath dept, so wearing a lead apron and standing is a way of life. (For more years than I'd like to admit!) My doctor says I can possibly go back to work at 8 weeks, if I can go light duty. He won't fully release me till 12 wks. I'm sure all this is subject to change, depending on my recovery. But so far- all is well. I just need to take some small walks and try to get my strength back.
    Thank you all for being here! I hope you have a great day!
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