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Back to work pain - any tips for desk work? Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

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Unread 04-24-2012, 03:26 PM
Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

Dear sisters,

I am over 9 weeks post op and went back to work last week after getting an extension. I have 2 jobs, both mostly desk-based, and both employers have agreed to let me work short days for a couple of weeks (thank god!).

I am finding it very painful sitting at a desk. I have been getting up and walking at regular intervals, use a back support cushion and am doing a max 5 hour day. But the pain is so bad in the evening all I can do is lie down. At the weekend I even took codeine again which seems like a massive step backwards. My pain has never reduced enough for me to stop taking painkillers altogether though, and I am awaiting an appointment for post-op physio.

I walk and use public transport to get to work, and am also struggling with carrying my work bag. I only pack what I need for a day at work (diary, umbrella, lunch), but I think the weight of my bag is not helping either.

Does anyone have any tips? I really thought I'd be pain free by now, and back to full time hours but I can't even imagine either of these at the moment. And it's getting me down to think all my free time will be spent recovering.


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Unread 04-24-2012, 05:13 PM
Re: Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

I am 12 days post op, da vinci. I returned to work yesterday doing light duty which means sitting at the desk doing lab call backs and nurse calls for 8 hours. I keep my feet propped up as much as I can. I do good in the mornings but after lunch and on into the afternoons I am wore out. My belly is more sore than before returning to work. I have taken pain med at night for 3 nights now, just to help ease the pain. I don't really have any tips for you, just wanted to let you know you're not alone. I too would appreciate any tips someone may have.
Unread 04-24-2012, 05:20 PM
Re: Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

MissEuk, I can totally relate! I'm almost 5 months post op &I have a desk job too. I wish I had the answer. I get up often and walk around. I also find it helpful to put my feet up on my desk and type from my lap. I have a private office . By mid afternoon my belly is sore & swelled & I can't wait to get home and stretch out on the floor. I've been doing some swimming and light pelvic tilts in the hopes of strengthening my abs. A heating pad helps at night. I too thought I'd be pain free by now. Hopefully others can offer advice!!
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Unread 04-24-2012, 07:16 PM
Re: Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

Wow. I will be four weeks tomorrow, I went back to my desk job half days yesterday. I have been soooo tired after about an hour. I was hoping I would be better after getting into routine for a couple of days. This thread is not giving me hope.
Unread 04-26-2012, 06:41 AM
Re: Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

I am in my 5th week and should be going back to worn in 1 more week. I'm also worried about sitting at my desk all day after driving 1.5 hours to get to work. As it is I get very sore by the afternoon and my belly starts to swell. I purchased a pair of spandex panties hoping that this may help with the swelling. I too am not getting much hope from this tread.
Unread 04-26-2012, 11:24 AM
Re: Back to work pain - any tips for desk work?

I am 4 weeks post op went back to work 2 weeks ago. The first week was horrible. Its hard to explain to other people who havent been through this ,they think your sitting so your fine, SOOOOOOOOO not true. I was the same way when i got off at 5 I would go home and sleep i was so exhausted. This week has been better still sore have good days and bad days. Monday was great tues was not but last two have been good. I keep telling myself its going to get better lol coming on here really helps. Just remember REST REST REST if your tierd when u get off rest dont worry about what anyone else thinks they havent been guted lol or they would understand

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