Returning to work after surgery (field worker)

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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having resection surgery on at least two parts of my intestines on March 6th.  I am a Environmental Health Specialist in the Public Health field who deals with lead poisoned children and the homes they live in.  My job has me bending, lifting, and being on my feet for many hours at a time.  I was wondering if anyone out there had similar work history (field worker)? and how long you were out of work?  How long till till you had the energy to make it through the day?  Any information would greatly help.  I am truely scared and overwhelmed by this surgery and what it entails.  But cannot wait to feel better.  Thank you for all of your help and comments!
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Predisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers

Surgery scheduled for March 6th 2009

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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Normally you should allow at least 6 weeks to recover from the surgery. You will still have some fatigue after that, but nothing like before. Its important that you rest properly after the surgery so you don't have any set backs. Good luck with your surgery and I hope it brings you to a long long remission.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Lifting restrictions depends on the type of surgery, laprascopic produces smaller "holes" versus a inches long incision. I would think that your pre-op visit with your surgeon or a consult with the office would be able to give you a timeline so you can tell your employer. Speedy recovery!
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   Posted 2/24/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest doing a week of part time work when first coming back. I went back after 5 weeks, but then I am a teacher and my job isn't as physical as yours.

Good luck with your surgery.

dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Clubfan.  Good luck with your surgery.  I had a laparoscopic assisted resection last April.  I officially went back to work in 6 weeks, but started answering emails the first day after surgery in the hospital and kept up with my work at home.  I have a sedentary type job, so that's a big difference.  My surgeon said I could begin working out at 6 weeks as the incision is pretty much healed by then.  My biggest problem was diarrhea and gas after surgery.  Although I wasn't in pain nor really tired, I didn't feel safe to venture out for the day until the 6 weeks.  Even with a sedentary job, work was not a piece of cake for a few months.  It's better to take it slowly, especially with the physical demands your job requires.  

50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.

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