Just wondering if anyone can relate their experience with returning to work after spine surgery. I'm scheduled to return to my desk job on Monday, part-time for the first two weeks then up to 100 percent. It's been five months since my second surgery: L4-S1 posterior instrumentation/laminectomy/foraminotomy following ALIF at same level in October. Problem is I keep having very painful flare-ups, and as soon as I think I'm feeling better, bam, I'm out again. It's a gnawing, persistent, debilitating pain at and above the surgical site.
I've had physical therapy since March and have built up my core strength, but the pain is still bad.
I'm worried that my back won't hold up at work -- even though it's a desk job, the sitting really kills me (it was the main reason for my back pain to begin with). The nurse practioner at my surgeon's office says I should go back to work to "condition" my body. I have not had a chance to speak to my surgeon about my concerns because he is always in surgery.
Any thoughts, wonderments?
Thanks much. :S :S