Not sure if this is the right section or not but it feels relevant to me.
Anyway ive had back issues (l5-s1) bulge for nearly 7 years. I am 25 now and worked as a Diesel mechanic for about 5.5 years 2006-2011. I hurt my back at work and it has been a workers comp situation ever since, i ended up leaving that job and a trade i spent 4 years getting because i knew it wouldnt be a good idea to keep doing that as by that stage id already had an injection and 6 months physio and was feeling normal.
So i quit and ended working in hospitality and studying that field. I enjoyed that job and still do however in July this year i threw my back out picking up my wallet and had the most pain ive ever experienced down my left leg. I have had the discectomy surgery in August this year and am recovering well despite some muscle issues in my calf (from walking like quasimodo).
I will be off work for another month or so and am really struggling with trying to find a suitable career to take and am also looking at some university courses because i dont think walking for 40 hours a week is a good management strategy for my newly recovered back.
I cant be a mechanic again along with so many other physical jobs i would like to do so im really left with nothing until something just pops into my head.
- Used to be a truck mechanic
- Quit with bad L5 S1 issues
- Worked in Hospitality
- Had surgery in August
- Dont know what career path to take
Any help or suggestions would be great. I am 25 years old so i guess i have time on my side