Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

What Does Everyone Do for a Living

dcarterddcarter Posts: 76
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
All of us are in different worlds but dealing with the same issues. I am wondering if any of you are dealing with work related issue's, childhood issues, accidents????
Personally mine was childhood related that was not diagnosed correctly until I was 40 so I had the surgery at 40. I am a Manufacturing Engineer in a company in Dupont, Washington. My work is mainly desk or lab related so its non physical work.


  • My problem started after moving greeting card racks when I worked in retail almost 20 years ago. The diagnosis was a severe low back strain, but I have had problems on-and-off ever since. The "straw that broke the camel's back" happened on the golf course. My surgeon has no idea if the disc bulge originally started 20 years ago, or if it the disc was in bad shape and it finally went on the golf course. He did say it could have gone from anything, even just doing something simple around the house.

    I am currently unemployed - starting in April 2007, though I did do a few contract jobs since then - the last contract ended at the end of June. I work in IT, though I want to switch to a career of writing and photography (and maybe a little research too).
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349
    By experience I am a wine specialist. Teach/Collect/Conduct Tastings/Drink and more

    By trade, I am a computer specialist. I've been in the business for over 35 years now, splitting time between Main Frames and the Personal Computer environment.

    A good deal of the problems I have has been a result of the working on computers, but it is an area I love.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • advertisement
  • I was in a car accident I was working at Harley Davidson Dealership. I am now a degreed graphic designer/photographer. Freelancing of course, cause I can no longer work 8 hour shifts.
  • I had a couple bad car accidents when I was younger but they didn't do tests except for x-rays which found nothing. Was a student for 11 years and worked in pharmacy (father owned one) for many years as technician. Then floated around on newspaper dock (5 foot 2 and carrying 6 bundles of newspapers), have cracked my tailbone 3 times (ice falls and stair falling), and now work retail clothing. Had L5 laminotomy/discectomy in 2002 and cervical disc replacement this September 2008. Still on my feet and on the phones a lot of the time but also very active and have a physical therapist for a brother. I am a lucky girl.
  • my Job, was Bus Operations, working for thae Transit Autho for about 16 years before that Pharmacy Tech, driving the bus up and down checking buses in, at nite on time clean and friendly service, i had a slip/fall in 2004 was placed in lite duty , and in 2006 i fell at one of r fuctions,had to have surgery 2 month later,now here i am ready to do the revision and go a level higher!! and go on with my life try to go back on the bus i miss everything and everyone
  • advertisement
  • I was a CNA, and loved it. I miss that job! I got hurt lifting a resident. :S
  • for a nursing home feeding 80 residents. I cook/bake 4 days a week for 2 meals each day, and wash my own pots and pans.. I work without a break usually from 5;30am-4;00pm.. I have always worked this hard in food service.. I am a really good baker if I say so myself. This is why my back had decided to quit working right...My doctor says I wont be able to go back to that job or any job that I have to lift and heavy physical work....
  • As far as what happened to my back to cause my problems, I have no clue. I was having some lower back pain and then one day where we were on a trip I couldn't hardly get out of the hotel bed. Shortly afterwards I had my first one level lamenectomy. I never had pain relief from it, and my disk above it gradually got worse. So, I just had a two level fusion.

    My job is basically a desk job for the federal government on the Medicare program, but normally it does involve travel to audit health plans. Thankfully, when I go back they can put me on tasks where I won't have to travel for some time. They are also great in that I can do medical work at home. I am hoping to start working at home part time about 5 weeks out and then slowly go back to the office full time in about 8 weeks. But, they are really accomodating, so we are going to play it by ear.
  • Maybe the title should be "What DID everyone do for a living"
  • I was a reporter/fill-in anchor. I also translated an English webcast to Spanish and anchored it daily. I miss it terribly and do hope to go back to news when I can handle it. there's a lot of driving involved. sometimes I reported in the freezing cold. It was hard to go live on strong meds and hard to do without the strong meds! thankfully I think I'm still young (37) and do believe I will be able to do that again someday. :) in the meantime, I'm an editor for a company in the oil/gas industry. I work part-time from the comfort of my Tempurpedic bed. I'm very blessed to be able to contribute financially to my family and still be able to rest as much as I do.
Sign In or Register to comment.