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Returning to work after surgery

adlonaadlon Posts: 2
edited 03/25/2015 - 11:47 AM in Scoliosis
Hello. I am 43 years old. I wanted to hear from people who have had surgery as an adult and to get a realistic perspective as to how long you're out of action after surgery. How soon after surgery did you / could you have gone back to work? I work in an office which does require a lot of sitting at a desk as well as attending meetings. I am not a permanent employee (I'm a temp) so knowing how long I'd be out of work without an income will need to be a consideration in deciding when I can do this.
I have lived with scoliosis since I was 14 years old. Whilst it is painful - and at times very painful - I live kind of well with it. I don't let it restrict my life too much - I go running a few days a week and I try not to
let it dominate too much of what I do. I have a very young family. I did have C-sections (and don't think some of the lovely midwives within the NHS didn't labast me for citing my scoliosis as a terribly lame excuse for going C-section - but that's a separate matter....). However, it is getting worse - now at 47 degrees,. I don't sleep all that well 'cause of it. Sitting for long periods of time will have its toll on the pain levels let alone balance and all that stuff. Anyhow, my thinking is that surgery is something I'm going to have to take more seriously, particularly as I do have a lovely family and want to be active as they and I get older.

Anyhow, any accounts on the recovery would be helpful. What is it that stops you from getting back to work? Is it pain? Is it exhaustion? It is fear? Is it recommendation from surgeons? Etc, etc, etc.


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  • ohkoohk Posts: 6
    edited 04/10/2015 - 4:46 AM
    I was 23 when my spine was fused. it took me about 2-3 months until I could comfortably sit in a chair without having to stand up and walk around. Perhaps you can work from home or start out part time until you are stronger.
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