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Return to work after discectomy

DereneDDerene Posts: 2
edited 06/04/2015 - 3:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey everyone!

I had an l5-s1 discectomy on March 26... Just went back to work yesterday. I'm wondering if anyone else here works as a server or bartender and how you found it going back to work? Yesterday I had back pain not in the usual spot a few hours in to my shift but tonight about an hour in I had some lovely leg and hip pain. Everything seemed good up until yesterday so I'm just wondering if any one else had some trouble going back to a physical job...


  • edited 06/04/2015 - 8:13 AM
    How long were you out?
    This can't be happening
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 06/04/2015 - 11:40 AM

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  • No fusion just a discectomy and I was out of work for 10 weeks
  • Open discectomy L4L5 on March 19, 2015 and returned to work May 4. The doctor released me with very little restrictions. No running, no lifting over 50 pounds, etc. So I was out a little over 6 weeks. I'm 11 weeks post op. I work as a retail support manager for an appliance company. Which means I have to move major appliances a lot. I was 100% pain free until this past weekend. Now I have pain in my lower back and down my legs. I'm not sure why.
  • very susceptible to injury after a disectomy which I learned. I would mention to your dr since your under a year post op. would hate if you have a reherniation. I would suggest Ice a lot rest as much as you can do some mega anti inflammatory and maybe it will resolve itself but still call dr. better to be checked out
    This can't be happening
  • I never made it back after my micro, july 2014 and just had a bone fusion may 11th
    This can't be happening
  • I returned back to work on post-op day 18. What I've noticed is that anytime I do something new, whether that was sitting for a long time, standing for a long time, driving my car, anything...was that my nerve kind of had to "figure out" that it wasn't compressed anymore. I'd get some random pain for a couple of days after doing something different, but then it would go away and I was no worse for the wear.

    How are you feeling now?
  • I had two discsectomy on l5 s1 went back to work both times on 15 day post op. Took it easy didn't hurt to bad but anytime it did when I got home I would put ice on my back 3-4 times that night and it seemed to feel better the next day
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