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Work four months after cervical disc op

ChellebellyCChellebelly Posts: 1
edited 03/29/2015 - 7:59 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I don't know what to do and I am very frustrated!

I went back to work after two months, I have a physical job, being a photographer for a retail company. Although I am not moving sets I am shooting product on a set two inches above the floor, the computer I shoot to is behind me , which means I am constantly turning and twisting my neck I am all so constantly up and down off the floor.

I have said that I am finding the amount of work at the moment over whelming and I am in a lot of pain. I have pain in my left arm and in my elbows along with odd stabbing pains in my hand., is this normal?

The doctor said I should be having one day of rest a week but it can't be done.

Work have been very good before and after the op only after 3 months they seem to be fed up with the fact I am not producing the amount of work I was doing before the injury! Physio have said that I had 80% movement in my neck but now it's down to 20%

Where should I be in my recovery after 4 months? Should I be back to normal ?


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  • christibencchristiben Posts: 121
    edited 03/30/2015 - 8:00 AM
    My lumbar fusion was 4 months ago and am in the same boat. Went back to work full time and the sitting was too much. I'm back home and waiting to see if I qualify for unpaid leave. I know they have to be fed up with me too. Plus I just found out I need a hysterectomy which has a 4 to 6 week recovery time. Thinking of getting a teaching certificate if the office job doesn't work out. Running out of options. I can't figure out why I feel so guilty over something that is out of my control. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I actually just met with my boss yesterday (she's from out of town, so that's a big deal), and I am now part time for an indefinite amount of time. I was working 4 half days (m/tu/w/f), and I need a day off in between - I just can't do it. Thank goodness she's awesome and really wants to keep me happy.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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