What kind of job are you able to do after spinal surgery or similar surgery , one year post op ? Do you work part time or full time ? Do you have to take pain meds to get through the day ? Are you able to do anything once you get home or is it too much ? I m just wondering how others have made it after going through this . I recently lost my job . I feel lost and don't know how to plan for the future or what to do . Everything I love and enjoy is extremely labor intensive . ( I love being outside - construction work etc - really don t want to be in an office type job ) If anyone else has lost their job, has it been harder to get a new job when the potential employer finds out about your back issues ?