Judy---not sure what your career is...or was for that matter...but the answer for me at least is yes----very hard. I had posterior laminectomy with quantum instrumentation and PEEK spacers, 3 bone grafts @ L4 L5 & S1 in 2'07. Still in plenty of pain looking for answers as well as a new career! Had functionality test done, I can stand for 2hrs, sit for 2hrs, lift 17lbs once a day blah blah blah.... Need to find employment by 3'09. With all my restrictions finding it difficult to find career path. Had management job b4 but was on feet 10hrs a day 5days a week--can't do that!! Also was cust service 15yrs but sat for 8hrs a day--can't do that!!! Looked for jobs online(ie:processing orders..etc) however their contracts somewhat sticky....but worth researching further--maybe you should look into it also. Good luck....hope you're having a good day!!! :-)
YES! I am a registered nurse and I currently work for an insurance company and I HATE it! I have been looking for another job before I had my lumbar fusion L4-S1 in January. Most places say that they cannot accommidate my 25 lb lifting restriction. I have actually contemplated going and getting a second degree because Nursing has jobs, but you either need your masters or need a heck of a lot more experience than this 28 year old has for the jobs that don't require lifting.
I haven't had surgery yet and I already can tell how difficult will be to get a job and get some insurance. At this point were I still have a job, but continuously have to call sick because of pain I am really concern. I know soon the company will try to get rid of me.
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