I had a 360 fusion L4-S1 with hardware on 1-20-2010.
At my last appointment with my surgeon (6-10-2010) I told him I was still having lower back pain. He wrote me a script for volteran at that time and set me up with an appointment for 7-15-2010.
At the 7-15-2010 appointment I did not see the surgeon. His assistant came in and said my x-rays looked good. He told me it was time for me to go back to work. I told him I still had lower back pain. He asked if I had done PT and if I was doing exercises at home. He suggested that I continue to do them daily. I know that PT sent reports to the surgeon, so I suspected he had not reviewed the reports in my chart. He ask me to pull my toe end of my feet back and also flex my leg forward from a seated position as he pressed on them. He told me that he was sending me back to work with no restrictions. I asked him if I could lift anything, to which he said I had to use my head and to be careful. I wanted to tell him that if I go back to my job with no restrictions I would have to do heavy repetitive lifting, but I did not say anything because quite frankly I felt that he did not care and I did not feel like arguing with him. In fact just the way he spoke to me made me feel bad. I am having trouble expressing the way he made me feel. It was almost as if he thought there was no way I could be in pain and expected me to be a problem that had to be expedited with firm condescending language and attitude.
I returned to work on Wednesday 7-21-2010. I have to cover 7 operators and stock their work stations. The first hour of my shift is spent opening and delivering stock (nuts, bolts, hoses, brackets, etc)to the workstations. My initial thoughts were "this is not too bad", but that was wrong. My supervisor and utility man (friend/co-worker) saw my distress and asked if I needed to go home early. I told them yes, I would try for 3 hours. After the first hour my back was aching. I split @2
hours into the shift. I could not handle it. I came home and did pain meds, ice packs, and TENS.
My wife wants me to call the surgeon tomorrow. After the way my appointment went last week I am not so sure they care. I also don't care to ask them for anything at this point either. I also had trouble with getting calls returned from the surgeons office post-op. I had to make numerous calls to get my paperwork done correctly and my getting my STD/LTD paid because of the office not returning calls to my insurance case worker.
I do not see my PM till 8-30-2010.
I need to do something. I would hope there is something in the factory I work at that I can do. I know the lifting was bad, but just standing seemed to hurt. I had to go in early so I guess I was on my feet for about 3 hours today.
Any suggestions on what to do, or who I should call for help? I know I cannot handle my job at this time, or if I will be able do it in the future, but without restrictions I am stuck. I don't know what I would have done if I had to work the entire shift. I do not want to ever have another back surgery. Tomorrow will be here soon, and I do not have a plan.