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4 months after fusion

Had a 7 level fusion, T4 -T10. From a fall at work, Doctor said I was really lucky i was not paralyzed. But now 4 months later, Back still is numb. And feel a lump or a bump that dont like pressure put on it. Still in a good bit of pain. Like everyone, putting shoes on is hard. So now, I had a vist with the doctor. And he said everything he did looks good. As far as he is concerned, he does not need to see me anymore. At 4 months, this is as good as I will be, pain and all. Did not release me to work, but said I should seek a desk job...? Im a carpenter? Been one all my life. Im a young and active 50 year old, or was one. The pain i told him is the same as before surgery. He said he was hopping for the better, but with my injury,... This is it. Not the news I wanted to hear. im just beside my self? It was like by, and thank you. Told the nuse to file my case and If I needed anything, just call. But there really is nothing he can do. Now he does sound like he is not a good doctor. But he is, one of the best. Just that everyone has a different injury and recovery. Im just venting, not a happy camper. but i can walk.
Greg fisher


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I understand exactly what you say about work. I was also injured at work. I had 2 neck fusion surgeries. My surgeon told me I'll never be able to return to my profession. I'm 53 & I've been a Hospice aide for over 30 years. I am physically unable to return to any type of work now, but I am still thinking about what future jobs I can be qualified for?
    My only suggestion I would have for you is to see if your surgeon can refer you to a pain management doctor? That's what my surgeon did for me? I wish you well & good luck in your journey.
  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 195
    Motor 1, If you hurt youself at work is workers comp helping you out? Retraining? Or did they just settle with you and say by.
    Greg fisher
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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    I am still receiving temporary disability. I had to hire an attorney because comp wasn't paying me the correct benefits. I was cleared by my surgeon to work in the office, just answering phones. My work decided 2 months after that, they were laying me off. Then 3 months later, they terminated my position. I've been off work since.
  • It sounds like you should consult with a lawyer who specializes in disability and workman's comp injuries. I can't imagine a desk job would be any good for you at this point either. I bet your doctor is good but his communication skills sound harsh. Its probably going to take a lot longer than four months to feel better. I'm glad you're not paralyzed! I met a guy who had a similar fusion and became a yoga instructor. Doctors told him he was lucky to be walking. Not saying you should be a yoga instructor, but there is plenty of hope that your life will improve with time and PT. Don't give up. But a career change might be necessary. I feel so bad for you. I only had a two level fusion and am still struggling with my desk job and am thinking about a career change. Maybe teaching. PS. Another guy I know was an electrician and had to end up on disability. He opened a little store in his wife's name and just manages that now. Good luck and try to stay positive.
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