Hi I have posted on here a few times-I had acdf 211215 in the UK-and although the first 3 weeks or so were horrific-my right arm pain did seem to settle down and the pain after the operation-ie shoulder/shoulder blade pain-pain at the back/nape of my neck-even worse when trying to sleep-had settled.Feeling a bit better meant that I pushed myself a bit and started to do more housework-extended the walking etc and last night I could not sleep again due to the pain in my right shoulder blade that stopped me from getting comfortable..I saw my consultant last week-(1801) and he cleared me to go back to work/drive etc when pain under control.I am not very tolerant of tablets so am only taking paracetamol for the pain but have agreed with my employers-who are very supportive-to start back to work next week on a phased return.I am slightly worried as once back at work I will feel like I can't be off again and that I am letting them down. I found out from my consultant that I didn't have the plate fitted just a cage-and he doesn't want to see me for 10 months when he will do a an x-ray-but just out of curiosity-he says it isn't that important that I fuse properly-perhaps it's because its just one level??
I obviously haven't done anything physically since my op until recentley and my concern is-when I do go back to work-I work in a bank-with lots of repetitive movements-sitting at a computer-some lifting (although my employers have said they will make sure I don't have to lift) that I end up in a lot of pain, as now.
I have had the problems leading up to surgery for a number of years and have read that sometimes the longer you have had pain-the longer it takes to recover-but my consultant feels I should be ready to go back! Am i being whingy?! Should I just get on with it? Will it make the pain worse-but on the other hand I might always have this pain so maybe have to learn to just cope and get on with it?!
Thoughts/advice from anyone who has had similar experience please?!