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Back to work and feeling awful

Hi all. I was doing really well until I started back to work full time at my desk job. New aches and pains and exhausted. 3 months post op l5s1 fusion and everything is healing well but I think they clear you to go back too soon. Taking supplements for energy but nothing helps. I get home and have no energy to do my stretches and exercise. Scared I'll be right back to square one soon. Feeling like the walking wounded. Any advice? Does it get easier? Energy ideas? Also drinking ensure.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    after surgery or a major flare up is not an easy task.
    First, you body has gone through some changes, it has been placed on hold, so no muscles, no stamina, nothing is really going on.
    For surgical patients, its the recovery from the actual surgery, then its the recovery to get yourself as back to normal as you can.
    All of this takes time. Its great , if you can stay at home and wait until everything gets better.

    But for the most of us, returning to work is real. Initially it can be so hard. If you have to commute, that makes it even tougher. Then add a desk job on top, and you are just adding more uncomfortable situations after another.

    It will get better. Its the same as if you were first training for a marathon. At first 1 mile seems like an eternity., Then as you train, the miles get easier. Eventually, the 26 miles is something you know your body can handle.

    So, you body needs time to adjust and get stronger. Like you said, the pain and discomfort is really hard to take. The nights are forever and you begin to wonder what you are doing.. Trust in time.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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