I guess it depends on the type of your job. I wasn't given any instructions about lifting or bending, although I have been careful. I had my surgery on Oct. 30, 2008. Did you have yours on halloween? From your other post my chest and back also hurts, thats why I refilled my prescreption pain med. so I could sleep at night. I had my first outing today going to walmart and my back is killing me. I wil go back to work on Monday, I work in the office with my husband at our tool and die shop. I know I am rambline on, but do you haft to sleep on your back all night Rangel? I have been trying to go to my side a little but I still cant. Heal well and nice to here from you.