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Anyone return to work after L5-S1 at active physical job ?

I had L5-S1 fusion surgery in August . My pain has been a lot worse after surgery than it ever was before . I am in my 40s and worked two very physically demanding jobs one full time and one 20+ hrs week, usually 6-7 days a week . I had to quit my 2nd job that I loved and was the goal job I was working towards and am out on ST from my first job. I am having so much pain and so far from being able to do any of the work I did before ( lots of lifting, bending, moving furniture, carrying boxes supplies etc, ) that I m really afraid of losing my full time job soon when ST runs out . I needed both incomes just to pay my bills, now I m having to borrow to cover almost half of my expenses, and looking at no income within 6 wks. My Dr wants me to start PT but I don t have the money to go.

Has anyone else been through this ? I think it may be 6 mths - 1 yr before I could try to do that kind of work again.

I m so sad about the possibility of losing everything I ve worked so hard for ! I miss my work, I was well on my way to doing something I really enjoyed and was good at ! I really miss my friends at work . It s hard knowing I may not get to be around them anymore.

I was just wondering how other people are dealing with the financial strain and job loss ? And the emotional side of feeling alone just staying at home . I noticed after about 6 wks friends and others seemed to expect me to be back to normal and doing everything and they just have no idea how difficult this spinal surgery was or understand the recovery time it takes.

I want my life back and really wish I could ve avoided having this surgery but was in an auto accident and my spine was unstable and nerves crushed etc.

Several years ago I went through a devastating divorce and lost my house and was laid off from job about same time so was having to start over . I ve worked really hard to get back on my feet and now this. I know everyone goes through hard times. If anyone else has been through this I d appreciate any advice .



  • I have the same stress. Don't worry. I can't any more change my future other than what God has planned. I have a multi level thoracic fusion December 4th and if I'm lucky I'll be back to work in 6 months. My f.m.l.h. leave is only 3 months and my company said they would give me a extra 2 but no guarantees after the 3. I have a wife and 3 kids paycheck to paycheck. I haven't even paid any of my medical bills. I really have no idea how long it's going to take to pay back. If I loose my job then what do I do about after care? What happens if I'm worse off and never work again? It's just to much stress and I can't change anything. I don't know what type of work you do but maybe ask your doctor if they can do a nerve block for the pain. That could at least let you function.
    Multi level partial laminectomy at age 19. L5s1 L4 L3. Thoracic pain started in 2001 found herniation in t8 and t9 in 2011 multi level thoracic fusion Dec 4 2013, Los fusion near future. And other thoracic pain.......
  • I m sorry we re in the same boat but glad ti know I m not alone , I have the same questions as you do and cant seem to get any straight answers anywhere .I m getting pressure to go back to work from job but I m struggling to do basic things here at home and can t imagine even doing one full days work right now much less go back full time, It s all or nothing at my workplace and I have no idea what my Dr will say at next visit. It s so scary to think about being out of work and hurt, no money, no unsurance, and how to make it until you can do some kind of job again. My job inviolves almost constant lifting bending carrying things etc so I m really afraid of messing up the fusions , And I cant bend like I used to so that would be a problem too .
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