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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone went back to work in a factory after an ACDF. I work in a factory and trust me it is hard on the body when I felt good. I am just wondering if I will be able to go back to what I used to do or if when I am all better will it be time to find a new job that doesn't beat my body. I had a c5 c6 4 weeks ago so I know it too soon to really know. Just wondering?


  • I think it is way early to worry about going back to work, however, if the job you had beat you up as you say, I do think you should begin considering other employment option unless they offer you relief (like clerical work).

    just my opinion... Best of wishes,
  • There are people who go back to very strenuous labor jobs after and ACDF. But your specific situation and condition will dictate whether you will be able to.
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  • acdf 456 and I was a catering retail mananger and it is a strenous job and I went back to almost full duty 13 weeks, and I should not of because I can not be trusted.... I have just had posteriour lamentomy with lateral screw fusion and i have to wear this hard collar for 3 months and then he will discuss when and if... which will include the weaning of the collar, and pt so Im thinking I may not be back to work till the first of the year, which will make christmas kinda hard but My health needs to come first I guess...... 3 months is a long time to be in this thing. but its better than the halo, which he was going to put me in.....
  • I was a quality inspector in a plastics factory, my job entailed lifting up to 50lbs, bending, twisting, looking up, computer work,things like that. After my 1st fusion 2 1/2 yrs ago-levels C5-C7, I went back to work being told not to look up a lot. They put me in an easier position, but still was lifting a lot of boxes and doing inspections. To make a long story short, I ended up having a 2nd fusion in April of this year of C7-T1. My advice to you is to find a different less strenous job if possible.
  • After My second surgery I went back to work after 8 weeks. I see where someone said to try clerical work, well that's mostly what I did and I had to quit. I couldn't sit for that long looking at a comp., filing was bending alot ect., I also can't lift over 10 pounds. So, what do people do in this predicament? I had to quit after being at my job since 1995. I applied for ssd, good luck, right? I think it probably depends on how many levels fused, I am c3-c7, so basically I have lost all cervical movement. But with any fusion I would be careful lifting too much as it seems to make things worse. I wish you good luck and if you have anymore questions please feel free to PM me. Good Healing... >:D<
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  • Well I might not have a choice because my short term will run out in Oct. Then my company will switch me to long term disability. It really bites when a company who is hiring for all positions will let someone go just because of the short term disability thing. I have worked for this company 11 yrs, oh well I guess it it what it is. I need to take care of myself. It freaks my husband out if I have to start over because of the benifits. I am probably jumping the gun only 4 wks po.
  • I would think that 4 weeks post op and working in a factory would not work out well. After my first 2 level ACDF last November, both of my doctors told me to look for a new career, I am (was) a plumber for 21 years. Not saying that you may not be able to go back in the future, but it is best to follow the doctors orders. I know it is not easy, I have been off for 10 months and probably will be off for 6 more. Take care and hope you feel better soon.
  • I was on and off and on Short Term Disability several times last year and a few months this year. During a continuous 12 month period it finally ran out. My Long Term starts Nov 30th. This time around I went off work June 3rd. My DO had MRI's and other tests done. She referred me to a surgeon.I'm looking at 4 lvl ACDF.

    The way my Company works they keep a person unless they are out with no work being done for a 12 month period. After 12 months continuosly out they will let an employee go. I've been out just over 3 months. I'm not worried yet. I've been there 6 years. Its a phone tech support position where we are constantly keyboarding,mousing, talking on the phone and staring at the computer.

    I can't say yet how I will do post op. I'll have to wait and see. I would hope I don't end up having to go the SSD route. Probably not. But I do have diabetes as well.

    Anyway, I figured I'd add my thoughts as well to this thread.

    Ken GreyEagle
  • for three weeks now and will be 13 wks post op tomorrow. Doin OK for the most part but by the time 4pm rolls around I am all but DONE with neck/shoulder pain. Most of which I think comes from my desk/computer set up. I dont push any motorcycles around or anything like that. I could not see goin back to a factory job though. That would be too much in my opinion. Good luck!
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