Ok, slow down take a big deep breath. So, the appt was not what you expected. Please keep in mind surgeons are different ducks so to speak. This guy assumed and gave you his usual speech of going back to work 6-8 weeks post surgery. Its the same one he has given all of his other patients that had your type of surgery. Its called textbook medicine. I would hate to hear what he tells his fusion patients. But on the other side of the coin, do you think alot of people would give in and have surgery if they were told they would be off work for 6 months to one year. Most would say no and walk out. Economics is in their mind, I cannot afford to be out that long end of story.
Now, I agree totally with what he says about talking to your physical therapist. Why, the PT person watches you, see's where your deficits are, knows what needs work. You walking into the drs office and doing his little stand up, sit down, tip toe, heel walk, bend over, thing is not enough for him to know what you are capable of doing in an average day, think about it. He is with you at best fifteen minutes at your appts, that cannot possibly tell him what you need or don't need. He did give you some valuable info Anice, your surgery was a little more involved than what he thought.
Now is the time for you to get with your physical therapist and put a plan of action together that will rehab you back to where you need to be to get you back functioning fully. Back to where you can return to your job. This is going to be tough, nothing is ever easy. You must stop your might set you are in now, about all you are doing is totally overwhelming yourself and yes it is and will interfere with your recovery. PaLady and the others on here have told you how valuable a good PT can be in your recovery. This is so true, I have seen it first hand. Actually for our clients, PT is what got our folks back up on their feet and back to work. It sure was not the surgeon. His part is done, he corrected the problem surgically which all any of them ever do. The physical therapy was the key to the whole thing. It was the final piece to the puzzle.
I would get the script of Medrol DosePak filled and give it a try it can only help, it certainly will not hurt anything. But, do not take the Mobic with it.
Emotionally you are going to have to get yourself to a better place than where you are today. Its tough but you can do it. if you feel depression is setting in go see your PCP. Put all that negative crap away and turn it to rehabing yourself. Talk to your PT and let them know how the appt went with your dr and how the dr said to talk to them about what your needs are as far as rehab goes. Concentrate on your rehab. Be sure your PT person has a job description of what your work day is like. Get an appt ASAP with your pain mgt dr and get that handled.
Above all let you job know what is going on. I do not think I would say the dr said I will be out 6 months. I would say that the dr wants me rehabbed to the best of my ability before he will let me return to work. Let them know you are in the process of having a program put together.
Please get yourself calmed down. It is not helping your situation at all, you are adding stress you don't need. You have had a good cry and gotten it out. Yes, you will go back to your job. Its just a little bumpier there than you knew. Thats ok, when we hit a speed bump we slow down so should you. This will pass and you will look back on it and say, Anice what were you thinking about going back to work so soon!! Each person is different in how they heal remember that. The ball is in your court now, you just have not figured that one out yet-but you will. Hugs, Susie
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.