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Back to work

alcbaalcb Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am on my 2nd week back to work after 360 done 5/11/09. I'm doing 1/2 days, and will be full time next week. I started PT this week (something my OS doesn't do, but I asked for). I'm surprised at how much I'm ready to lay down at noon...wondering if I'm just spoiled with being able to do that for 6 weeks whenever I hurt, or am I pushing too much? I'm a nurse in an MD's office...so not too much activity...just up and down a lot. Where is/was everyone else at about 2 months out?

Hope everyone has a happy 4th!!! <:P


  • I have twenty years on you, and I was just beginning to drive at this point in my recovery from fusion. I did not start to feel somewhat normal until about 12 weeks.

    Regardless of age, it takes quite awhile for strength to come back. It is amazing how quickly the body loses conditioning. I used to work for a professional ballet company -- I can't remember the specifics but it was something like for every day a dancer was laid up, it took a week to regain what was lost.

    I'm glad your job is not too physically demanding. Just don't overdo it once you get home. I think the mistake people make is not only returning to work, but then trying to do all the household chores, kids' activities, laundry, etc. on TOP of returning to work. You need to go home and lay flat on the floor and give those disks a chance to unload, and your body an opportunity to continue the healing.

    Remember, you had a BIG surgery and the fusion can take up to a year to be solid...so even when you regain energy, always keep that thought tucked away.
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