Hi. I just had a discectomy, laminoforaminotomy on L5 the first week of October for massive herniated disc that imprisoned my sciatic nerve. Before surgery, the Dr. told me to take off 3-4 weeks from work and that I would be probably able to return to work probably soon after that. I arranged for a substitute through Oct. 31st. However, my new post-op pain has only gotten under control in the past 5 days, I suffered some complications after surgery, and I still can't sit more than about 10 minutes at a time and then I am exhausted and in nerve or bone pain. I tried to do work remotely from home this week for several hours which made me feel less like an invalid, but I am very tired after 17 days of sleep deprivation and uncontrolled new bone pain. The pain level at times during the day is still high. At night it is generally intensely painful.
I know everyone is different and recovers at different speeds, but I really would like to return to work even though I have a long commute. If I am going to be out another month, I need to let my employer know ASAP so we can make arrangements. I am under 50, I used to walk a lot, I eat healthy food but am a bit overweight. Does anyone have any idea how long I'll be out of work? I do have a long commute and a job that requires some physical activity. I have read that it could be anywhere from 2-12 weeks recovery, but I need to be prepared when I go for my follow-up appointment. I also need to have plans to contact my employer for whatever scenario I have to deal with. I am getting increasingly frustrated and unhappy because my surgeon's team hasn't returned my calls concerning pain and a possible date when I can return to work. If they tell me I can't go back to work for a while, then I will have no paycheck during the time I am out. Does anyone have any suggestions or been in a similar situation? Thank you.