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Recovery from multi level micro discectomy & laminotomy

I had lower back surgery on my L3-L4 and L5-S1, having 2 insicions. I had the surgery due to pain as well as nerve damage in my left foot. I also have a neurological condition called dystonia. Instead of a same day, maybe overnight surgery, I was in the hospital for 10 days. The staff was amazing! Problem is, I still have discomfort and pain on/off pain. I have no endurance and find it real hard to walk much. I have not returned to either job yet. One of my jobs I teach special needs preschool and I'm afraid that I will get hurt. The kids are 4 y.o and behavioral. I have to return without restriction. What do I do? I really feel the dystonia has made my recovery more difficult. My other job is in a retail store which involves bending lifting twisting and a lot of standing. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  • 1st and foremost you have to know moving forward that unfortunately there are few and far between folks that come back from major back surgery and go back to the jobs they had before, especially if they were in manual or a position you are describing with the children. I know that you must be a special person to be involved like that. But you are right they could accidently knock you down, or you could get dizzy I am sure that is probably part of the symptoms of your neurological issue. You may have to wait to return to that and find something else you think you might be able to handle for now. As far as restrictions go that is up to your doctor have you considered applying for SSI, SSD? I am only 45 and was approved for SSD until I get better. I did have to get a lawyer for SS security I am in TX I had all my paperwork and MD opinion on why I could'nt perform certain things, God bless you good luck
    Your guidance and advice is greatly appreciated, Thank you Angel
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