I had a 9 level posterior laminectomy and fusion from C3-T4 on June 8. I developed MRSA and my 11" incision was reopened on July 2 during a second operation to treat the abscess and infection. I was then put on IV Vancomycin twice a day until 2 weeks ago. Now I take Tetramycin orally once a day. My disability leave is up in 2 weeks time and I am supposed to go back to work. I work on a computer all day and answer phones. I visited last week for less than 2 hours and was totally exhausted afterwards and had severe leg cramps that night.
Do you think the next 2 weeks will make a big difference in my stamina and pain level? I am really concerned about this and so fearful that I will go back to work and not be able to tolerate the pain and then I will be stuck since I am out of sick leave and would be off disability.
Any advice, or maybe some little tricks to make the work day better, would be very much appreciated. I've tried muscle relaxers to help with the shoulder, neck, and upper back muscle pain but it just makes my legs so weak that I have had one bad fall and barely avoided falling multiple times. I don't go back to my surgeon until just a few days before I am to report back to work.