it's been since July 8 since I've been to work, they wouldn't let me work modified duty. All my leave is gone so I lost my job. I'm still technically employed - just waiting for a medical separation.
I just now started PT last week (had to change doctors), amd the treatments were going OK till they started some leg exercises and put me on a recumbent bike for 5 minutes. an hour after I got home my pain meds started wearing off and holy !!!!!!! %$$#@%$^&*( anyway - you get the picture. My new Orth o doc looked at my MRI's and said the last MD did a rape job on my supposedly "micro" dissection??? He said I had a laminectomy from what he saw, but the nerves are still being impinged to a worse degree than before my surgery.
I did back injections before my last surgery in 09 but they helped little, so I opted for the Micro. Am I looking at a fusion now? My pain level jumped from a 5 to a 9 after the PT, so my doc said to quit the PT.
I really didn't expect to keep my job this go 'round. I tried to get an accomodation for a low work seat and a high stool to be able to not have to bend so much, but my boss told me if I turned in the ADA request I'd get canned for sure, so I dropped it. I feel like I can get a job, but need to get my back in shape first then think about what I will be able to handle. This all started with a WC neck and back injury in 06. I may try to re-open my case and see what happens. My neckhas been giving me issues with complete numbness from my elbows down, hand and finger drop, streaks of lightning pain, etc., so something is going on there too. Then the rediculopathy is terrible in the left leg. I have to wear a brace for foot drop and my hip, knee and ankle feel wobbly all the time. I did have the brain MRI and no lesions were found, so I don't think I have MS, but I'm going to see a specialist just in case.
Just wondering if anyone else has had this re-curring injury and ended up having the fusion??