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TeddysonTTeddyson Posts: 1
edited 10/02/2015 - 6:53 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm 38 years old and had a discectomy at L5/S1, and a lamenectomy at L4/L5 on 9/11/15. My MRI shows I have mild narrowing at L2/L3 and moderate narrowing at L3/L4. Surgeon told me I was way to young to have these issues. I have a family history of back problems and I have also done physical labor for most of my life.
The surgeon told me I would have to quit my current job; which is a laborer/equipment operator for a small town municipality. I'm having trouble finding a new career in a town of 3,000; the opportunities just don't exist. I didn't file this as a work comp claim, and I have just about exhausted all of my paid time off. I'm not sure where to go from this point, I still have my job but am afraid I'll re-injure myself or they may terminate me because I'm unable to perform the duties.,
Anyone have any ideas of what my back can handle? I operate a pay loader and a skid loader which have my bouncing around while operating. Also a lot of lifting and twisting in various scoped of my job.
If I can't return to work, what are my options for finding new employment with this condition? I appreciate any help or ideas you can offer, thanks.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,910
    edited 10/02/2015 - 6:52 PM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,960
    Long ago, I was sent to a specific counselor who did testing with me for what jobs I would be fit for and fit with my personality, to enjoy the work.

    I wonder if a social worker at the hospital you were recently at would be able to help refer you to someone? Or they may do themselves?

    Before you could do anything like that, you would need strick instructions from Doctor on your limitations and restrictions.
    You do not want to risk reinjury to the recent work done on and for your spine.

    Re your concern re financial, the social worker may help you in that way, also. There may be resources available to you until you are recovered enough to go back to work.

    I am now Disabled and continue to see a social worker when needed, .....but even before that, when I used social worker, I so surprised at so many resources for assistance out there to get you through the temporary recovery period.

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