I am a 31 year old female who has just been discharged from hospital after 8 days with a diagnosis of 3 prolapsed discs, L3, L4,and L5. L5 being the largest prolapse and pressing on the right S1 and S2 nerves. In English my understanding of this is that i have got 3 slipped discs which, one of which is pressing on a nerve and causing sciatica???
My main pain is intense pain in middle lower back with pain and sometimes weakness radiating to right leg.
I have been told that everyones recovery is different and that once recovered from this episode that I may never suffer again or I could be unfortunate and suffer for the rest of my life (Who knows).
Has anyone got any experiences that they would be happy to share (good or bad) following their return to work after a prolapsed disc.
I know it is early days ( only discharged yesterday), and I have initially been given a note for work for 4 weeks with a follow up appointment and physio intervention. But my main concern is that I work in a care home for older people and it is no doubt a heavy job.
My main question is do I return to work when i feel able???, I love my job and it is all I have ever done, or do I need to accept that it is the wrong kind of job that is only going to aggravate and cause my problem to re occur???
Is it time for a career change??? My brain has been on overdrive considering all the possible jobs ( I could have kept a career advisor in work for a week).
Any opinions and experiences to share would be greatly appreciated from fellow sufferers.
Professional opinions also greatly appreciated.