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 .