I am new to this forum and am so happy to find it! This has been a crazy year for me. I had a 2 level cervical fusion with fixation done in January. Then a TLIF on L4-5 on 5/17.
I had been postponing them both as long as I could but the stenosis had become severe and the pain just wouldn't let me live my life.
I was so worried about taking the time off from my job, things have been a bit rough since a new upper mgr came on board. But finally there really was no choice.
Both surgeries had complications, cardiac (SVT), inability to swallow after the cervical, ileus and bladder retention issues afte the lumbar. Needless to say both hospital stays were longer than planned, 9 and 11 days respectively.
My concern regarding driving involves my job. I am required to be out in the field for 80% of my week and the average mileage for me was about 1800 miles a month. I have a very large area to manage and have loved the work I do.
I just don't know if I will be able to resume this safely, how long it could take or even if it is wise to protect my body for the future, I am 51 and want to be smart.
If anyone has anything to share I would really appreciate it.