I had a follow-up appointment with my Dr. on Friday. As part of my job we travel to conduct audits, etc. I haven't done any travel over the past year because of my fusion and the SCS implant. During my appointment I asked my Dr. when I would be ok to going back to traveling for work. My Dr. recommended that unless I have to, that I don't travel solo. He said that while the suitcases with the wheels help, it was the turning and twisting that you have to do, etc that is the problem. He offered to write a letter to my employer to help.
Don't get me wrong, I am still very glad that I had the stimulator. Prior to getting the SCS I wouldn't have even thought about traveling for work. But I guess because I am doing so well I am ready to get back to all aspects of my job and I really enjoyed traveling and conducting audits. So his words came as somewhat of a surprise to me (and I had asked a ton of questions prior to the surgery). I don't have to worry about losing my job if I don't travel, but I will be losing out on the most interesting and challenging part of my job.
When it comes down to it I don't want to do anything that could effect the SCS and my improved condition so I will do what is needed. However, I wanted to know if any of you that have the SCS travel solo and what you do to minimize the potential suitcase lifting, twisting, etc? Is your Dr. ok with you traveling solo?