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I had a laminectomy about a month ago and the pain is still bad, I have been put on neurontin and steroids to see if that would help alleviate any of the pain. I am off for 6 weeks and when the surgery was done the doctor said I was lucky to be able to still walk. I cannot imagine going back to work and doing my daily routine. I would think the doctor will put me off longer, when does a doctor decide between being off to being disabled for a year or longer or permanently disabled?


  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 05/18/2013 - 3:15 PM
    You are still relatively "new" in your recovery if it has been a month since surgery. I know it took me a couple of months on neurontin to truly see the relief. I'm not a doctor, nor have I seen your imaging, but I'd think you are a long way from being "permanently disabled". I assume you have a follow up with your surgeon. He might can give you better insight on when you'll be able to return to work. Everyone heals at different rates, so you just might need a few more weeks. Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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