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need some advice please

johnjuniorjjohnjunior Posts: 2
edited 05/22/2014 - 5:29 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello, this this is my first time posting in any forums on this website. I have found a lot of posts to be very helpful prior to my surgery and since the recovery has started. I am 12 weeks post op from C3 to T1 posterior lamenectomy and fusion with instrumentation. This recovery has been challenging as it is the second spinal surgery i have had. In 9 months. I have been in PT for 3 weeks now and am in the final week of weening out of my hard collar( thank goodness). I am experiencing moderate to severe muscle spasms that are fairly frequent along with weakness in my arms and pain when I raise my left arm especially above my shoulder I have just within the past week or so started to drop things both my PT and NS say this is due to nerve issues that may or may not resolve. I also am due to lose my Fmla protection at work and am no where near ready to return to a 60 hour a week sales job. I am curious if others have experienced similar difficulties and what type of time frame can be expected to return to work, if any. I realize thay everyone has a unique experience as it relates to surgical recovery but i am just trying to gather some relative information. Thank you


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • kcateskkcates Posts: 68
    edited 05/26/2014 - 3:33 AM
    Hi JohnJunior,

    I recently started using this website myself and find it extremely helpful.

    My work experience is somewhat different than yours but I thought I'd share. I was diagnosed with bilateral pars defect at L5 that so suddenly became symptomatic that I was immediately unable to work and was bedridden for 3.5 months prior to surgery. My company actually does not have to abide by FMLA laws due to having less than 50 employees. They tried to be understanding but after 3.5 months when they found out I needed surgery, they laid me off. They have promised to being me back once I am better, but my recovery is taking much longer than expected. I am 9,weeks PO and still not walking more than a few trips around the house. However, I have posted on here, and have had many PO complications. Now I am at the point of trying to rebuild enough muscle in my back via home PT visits that I can walk. I can definitely relate to your muscle spasm and pain issues as this my biggest hurdle at this time... mine is just in a different area than yours. My advice that I have come to learn is to not rush your recovery.... don't rush back to work if you feel you will hurt your recovery. My money situation has definitely suffered and getting by has been difficult, however I will take that just to get better. Of course everyone's situation is different. Just wanted to share....
    Bilateral pars defect L5
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