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Post surgery worried about future job prospects

Not sure if this is the right section or not but it feels relevant to me.

Anyway ive had back issues (l5-s1) bulge for nearly 7 years. I am 25 now and worked as a Diesel mechanic for about 5.5 years 2006-2011. I hurt my back at work and it has been a workers comp situation ever since, i ended up leaving that job and a trade i spent 4 years getting because i knew it wouldnt be a good idea to keep doing that as by that stage id already had an injection and 6 months physio and was feeling normal.

So i quit and ended working in hospitality and studying that field. I enjoyed that job and still do however in July this year i threw my back out picking up my wallet and had the most pain ive ever experienced down my left leg. I have had the discectomy surgery in August this year and am recovering well despite some muscle issues in my calf (from walking like quasimodo).

I will be off work for another month or so and am really struggling with trying to find a suitable career to take and am also looking at some university courses because i dont think walking for 40 hours a week is a good management strategy for my newly recovered back.

I cant be a mechanic again along with so many other physical jobs i would like to do so im really left with nothing until something just pops into my head.

TLDR
- Used to be a truck mechanic
- Quit with bad L5 S1 issues
- Worked in Hospitality
- Had surgery in August
- Dont know what career path to take

Any help or suggestions would be great. I am 25 years old so i guess i have time on my side
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • While back surgery is a big deal in life, it is not the end of your life. Most people your age, most people who have back surgery recover, and then go back to living.
    What things are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing? What excites you?
    There is no reason that you can't go back into whatever field you want to go into . Yes, we have to make adjustments to how we do things, and make sure that we keep our core muscles strong, and as long as you do that, you should be fine.
    Don't fall into the trap of thinking that your life is over, because it is just beginning.
  • I am a respiratory therapist that cannot do my job anymore. I have had two fusions. If I could go back to work as a therapist, no one will hire me because I have been out of practice so long. I had my first fusion in Feb 2012 and caught an infection at the beginning of March 2012. I was fired from my job at the hospital because I wasn't able to return in time. I am 33 yrs old and on social security disability. Your life isn't over, go to school. I would love to go to school. I am seriously considering it, like you I just don't know what to do.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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