Off to work I go. After several months off for the surgery and recovery, I am off the pills and headed back to the office on Monday. The sciatica is pretty much gone. I only get it a little when I drive or when I do the physical therapy exercises. It is very nice to be pain free for hours at a time.
They (meaning my HMO and my HR department) don't really prepare you to return to work, they just seem to expect you to show up and get right back in there. Hopefully, I can handle the 9 hour grind again and not have to bring up the dreaded "work from home" topic. Others at work are allowed to do it, but when I have brought it up in the past, I have been met with a solid "NO!" So it goes.
It's also going to be hard not to be lying down all day! And I will miss my wife during the day - she made this so much easier by being there for me.
Not that I would recommend surgery for everyone with back pain and sciatica, but it looks like it worked this time. I still have a long ways to go, keep doing the exercises, remember to not sit for too long in my cubicle, lose more weight. Oh yeah, being around people again. That's gonna be fun.
Pray for me. ;)
Just saw this commercial for fedex that reminds me so much of work. Maybe I will make it after all.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.