To answer your question about shoulder pain...yes, yes, yes. It's very normal, and can cause more pain than the incisions themselves. I found that walking helped alleviate the pain. The more I walked, the less pain I had.
Here's a link to my early recovery journal. It might provide you with an idea of another person's experience:
Your surgeon gave you a 6 week note, and that's the one you ought to listen to. I'm sure that time frame took into consideration your line of work. It's very important to avoid strenuous work during the early recovery period. If by "light duty" your supervisor means paperwork, you could probably manage to go earlier. But if it means bending and packing, or lifting of any kind, stay home and recover. People who go back to desk jobs after two or three weeks always tell us that they wish they'd taken longer, but they manage.
Glad you've joined us. Be sure to ask any questions as they come up. We'll do the best we can to answer them!
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 8/26/2012 9:40:29 AM (GMT-6)