Having just gone back to work, I'm realizing that there's a possible need for us to discuss work and its impact on our spines and lives.
For me, I've just started a job for a company I used to work for so the stress of getting to know new people is not a problem as I know many of them already. But the work itself is making my body do a lot of new things that I haven't had to do in years and it's making me rethink how I do things. It was really easy when I was home, I only did what I wanted - yes, I did some things that really set off a flare, but I could rest the next day. Not now. I believe I'll be able to stay in this job and with this company for many years to come, but there's always that worry that my cervical problems will get worse and I'll have to deal with that any juggling my job in the future.
So is anyone interested in sharing their stories or asking questions about work and spine problems?
Are you debating when you should go back to work post-op?
Did you go back to work too soon after surgery? If so, what happened?
Are you having to work while trying to get a diagnosis and having a hard time?
Can you and do you take pain meds while working and able to function well in your job?
Or do you have to hold off on the meds, and take meds when you get home and unable to function?
Are you debating whether you can do your job or not?
Do you think you might have to change your profession?
Have you started a new job and having a difficult time adjusting?
Are you finding that others in your office are giving you difficulties due to your spine problems?
Is the commute a major problem due to sitting too long while driving?
I'm just throwing all this out there to see how many members would like to specifically have this area to talk about working and spine problems.