I'm 38 years old and had a discectomy at L5/S1, and a lamenectomy at L4/L5 on 9/11/15. My MRI shows I have mild narrowing at L2/L3 and moderate narrowing at L3/L4. Surgeon told me I was way to young to have these issues. I have a family history of back problems and I have also done physical labor for most of my life.
The surgeon told me I would have to quit my current job; which is a laborer/equipment operator for a small town municipality. I'm having trouble finding a new career in a town of 3,000; the opportunities just don't exist. I didn't file this as a work comp claim, and I have just about exhausted all of my paid time off. I'm not sure where to go from this point, I still have my job but am afraid I'll re-injure myself or they may terminate me because I'm unable to perform the duties.,
Anyone have any ideas of what my back can handle? I operate a pay loader and a skid loader which have my bouncing around while operating. Also a lot of lifting and twisting in various scoped of my job.
If I can't return to work, what are my options for finding new employment with this condition? I appreciate any help or ideas you can offer, thanks.