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I've had a several surgeries (not all listed) including Spinal Fusion in an emergent situation. In my case my pain levels stayed at a 10 or above for 4 months after. My pain levels started to lower (a little bit) when I was able to go for PT, walks and very light exercises. What I received from getting the Spinal Fusion done? Well, I can walk again, previously totally bedridden.
My insurance company stated I can now preform my original job duties so they gave me my job back. My supervisor is still giving me a hard time even though I'm on light duty per doctor's orders. I just was never ready to go back to work. My job as a Laboratory Specimen Technician is very physical, a lot of bending, twisting, reaching and heavy lifting. I can go from a sitting position (I can't sit for more than 20 min without going into spasm) to a standing position during my shift and at least it's not a desk job. I know I do more than my share of responsibilities at work, above and beyond quota for specimens processed. Since I can't preform machine maintenance (dumping 5 gal drums of chemicals) and other duties I'm constantly being ridiculed for not preforming my job by other co-workers.
OK, so now I'm still mostly at pain levels between 8 and 10>, in tears daily. I am now back on FMLA but am afraid to call in sick or use any time. I just had the SCS trial. Yes it worked! I got my pain levels down to be uncomfortable but manageable (still took heavy meds) So now I'm waiting for implant and trying to save FMLA and sick time for healing up after implant is done.
Oh one more thing, my PM sent me for a Thoracic MRI and now I have a suspicious spot not identified yet. When I was getting MRI without contrast, the radiologist came in and asked me to sign for contrast so she could get better picture. I will not get results until I see my NS late Monday afternoon.
I just want the SCS implant, no more delays. Was this another TEASE. Finally got some pain relief and a little bit of sleep and now I'm back where I started. I don't see the light tonight and having a pity party. Too much time alone. I'm only 46, feeling desperate, dateless, tired, lonely and just want things to stop happening. Where's my cabin in the woods, gotta get out of this city!
Sorry- just ranting because I can't scream.
Wishing everybody to get pain free and a little bit of sleep.