Please be patient with your back at all costs , I am recovering right now from my disk fusion in my lower back ( Oct 17th........ 2 disks 2 rods & 6 screws ) and its not pretty . I might need to leave the job I have worked at for 24 years and its a job that I LOVE ( how many people can say that ? )
My original injury with my sciatic was 1990 , when I jumped over a guard rail at work . I had therapy and it felt better and would just flare up every now and again ... a few times a month .
I re injured my back in 2003 ... then they found that I had degenerative disk disease and my disks had blown out in 2 places . I requested aqua therapy , since the surgeon at that time in 2003 had said I would need surgery in a couple of years . The aqua therapy worked great for me , I did have almost constant pain in my sciatic , but it was controlable with arthritis strength tylenols for the most part .
Sept 2007 I hurt my neck at work ( 2 disks in my neck had blown out ) and tried therapy for that too , but it didnt work and I had my neck disks done Jan 31st of this year . That surgery went very well and I don't have too much pain there.
While recovering from my neck surgery , I fell asleep on the sofa with my feet up on the coffee table , when I woke up I could barely move or walk . my back had finally said ...enough . I went for aqua therapy for the next 5 months again , but it didnt take the pain away at all and by this time I was on percocets and robaxin , and they would barely cover the pain .
After the surgery I was still on the percocets and robaxin and they added the fentanyl patch . I am still in a lot of pain , even after a month .
I am taking it day by day . WC does stink , I hate waiting for my checks . But I do like the surgeon that I had , and if these surgeries didn't work ...they wouldn't be doing them , [U]I know I just need to be patient.[/U]
Have they said anything about an epidural ?
Be patient with your back , rushing back to work for your type of job could have very bad consequences , I have to lift a 60 lb grate at work sometimes and thats what they will test me on before I return to work next year , If I cannot lift that , I will be forced to give up my job that I love
TC and I hope you get some relief ....
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