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Working after surgery

danamalone399ddanamalone399 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Ive Been under going all treatment plans for my herniated disks in my neck I had facet injections medial branch blockes pain med steroids therapy and till having pain everyday.... If surgery is the next step I wonder if I would beable to return to work as a cna I take care of the elderly and do full cares... Bending lifting turning pushing and pulling ... ??? Any suggestions on this..


  • I was a OR nurse for many years, and worked as a CNA while I was in school. That is one of the toughest jobs in healthcare. My hat is off to you.

    Working after an ACDF is totally dependent on you. Each one of us has a similar, but unique problem, our necks. The amount of nerve involvement, the specific cause etc. all determine what you will still be able to do after surgery.

    My injury was from a fall, with lots of other broken bones. I have a lifting restriction of 20 lbs. and was not able to return to patient care, and it has been hard to try and find a position that can accomodate my issues.

    Some people recover fully and go on to return to their previous lifestyle, while others of us are considered disabled. You need to ask these questions of your doc. Make a list of the questions you have so you don't forget any.

    You can look at the FAQ to get an idea of some questions you may want to ask.

    Good luck, keep us posted.

  • I'm back at work, three months post op. I can do everything I did before but slower. Really had a lot of pain before surgery, wound up taking a few months off before hand. I get tired much easier than before but I still feel its very early yet. Good luck! Also I had three levels done.no arm or shoulder pain at all.
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