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Weight restrictions

Started by LouAnn O'Reilly... on 02/07/2017 8:07pm

Just wondering if there are any letter carriers out there with advise. I had laminectomy and fusion on l5 s1 in December. I have been denied work comp and am running out of sick leave. Thank God I had almost 800 hrs at the beginning of this process. Our job requires us to lift up to 70 lbs and there are many hrs of bending, lifting , twisting, 10 Iles per day walking etc. My surgeon has been very vague at 6 weeks and am thinking I will have to go back at 12 weeks because I can't afford not to. Will I ever get to 35-70 lbs? What do I do? I'm healing fairly well but after reading so many posts on this subject I wonder if I can return to my job. I still suffer from nerve pain as they were damaged and have tried to start a walking regiment but am so scared of falling as I'm in Minnesota. Thanks, Lou

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Hi, LouAnn--thanks for your post! We're happy to hear you're healing well from your spine surgery, but it sounds like you're between a rock and a hard place: You want to give yourself to time to heal fully, but you don't have all the time in the world.

Our best advice to getting you back healthy and on the job is to follow your spine surgeon's postop recommendations. It takes time to get back to your typical activity level after spine surgery. You mention your surgeon was vague at your 6-week postop appointment. Press your surgeon for more information--if you don't fully understand your recovery expectations, keep asking for clarification. Tell your surgeon about your job and how you need to get back to it. It's essential to know your surgeon's postop expectations because that is key to a fast and successful recovery.

Another idea: Do you have the option to get any flexibility at work in terms of your activity level on the job? Perhaps a short-term decrease in activity until you've fully healed from your surgery?

Best of luck at your 12-week appointment. We wish you a speedy recovery and healthy return to work, LouAnn!