I had my FCE. Total of 3.5 hours. This is how my day was: Up at 5am, drive 90 miles, 1 hour of filling out paperwork and answering questions, ROM tests. Then, the real testing began...unscrewing/screwing in nuts and bolts, crawling, pushing, pulling, lifting from and to various heights with various weights(10-40lbs.), hanging clothes pins, take test while standing, etc. Yes, it was intense because I went to my limit each time. I stopped when I felt strain in my neck.
30 minutes after test had to take vicodin and ibuprofen because I was hurting and had not had any pain meds in 24 hours. Many people recommended no pain pills before test so the pain could be felt and not over do it. Husband drove home. Relaxed with ice packs. Took another round of vicodin/ibuprofen with dinner and a flexeril at bedtime.
Up at 5am today, took tramadol at home, drive 90 miles to work and 4 hours later took second pain pill. I am very sore and stiff. I will report once I have the outcome. This seems to be a test that makes a lot of people nervous including me. Hope you all have a reduced pain day! Eva