Just wondering how long before you returned to work & how it went when you did. I am 8 wks post op today & have been doing really well. I still have some muscle pain in neck/upper back as well as numbness & tingling in my extremities BUT all of this is better than it was pre-op. I've been walking a lot & doing my PT exercises. I live alone so I've been doing all necessary household stuff as well. I occasionally take a skelaxin & a couple advil but try to just use moist heat for pain.
I THOUGHT I was ready to go back to work & so I did today with a 15 lb lifting limit. I work in acute dialysis so it's not always as physical as other areas. I think I was really careful & my coworkers were very helpful (unfortunately I had a c-diff pt but I was the "cleaner" not the roller). We were busy but not CRAZY busy. As soon as I started setting up in the morning I knew it wasn't gonna be as easy as I thought. After a couple hours I was hurting so I took a skelaxin & 800mg of advil. By the end of the day I was REALLY hurting & my numbness/tingling was much worse in my fingers. I'm not sure what to do. I want to be back to work & start getting back to "normal" but I don't want to make my neck worse. My unit REALLY needs me right now because we are a specialty unit & there isn't anyone to help out for the upcoming vacations. The girl that has been working my schedule also works full time somewhere else & isn't able to take on call.
I'd like to know how other nurses did on their return to work. I think I can handle the increased pain but will I do more damage to my neck? I'm a little discouraged because I was so sure that it would go well today.