I am so shocked. Pre-operatvely, I was too that I would be off work anywhere from 2-3 months, depending on how I heal. I am following all of the recommendations from the hospital regarding activity--maybe pushing it a bit. I am walking about an hour each day.
I am still having pain, though. It is controlled with Ibuprofen twice a day. I was so encouraged that I was not taking much pain medicine! I do not feel like I could return to work as I am unable to do a lot with my arms and straining the chest area still gives my quite a bit of pain.
So, the Dr today says he is SHOCKED that I am not back at work. He says I can drive, jog, whatever I want to do. I can raise my arms, shake them around, anything I feel like doing, I have the green light. I said, well, there's no way I can work, I am still is quite a bit of pain. In fact I kept repositioning myself in the dr.'s office because when I sit in one position it gets uncomfortable.
He said most of his patients are back to work in 4 weeks, maybe with light duty. I said well, at 4 weeks I was still taking narcotics to deal with the pain, so that would NOT have happened.
He is not the surgeon who operated on me. So, for follow-up, I am going to compose a letter for him and for the surgeon stating: 1) What I was told pre-op, 2) What I was told upon discharge, and 3) What I was told today. Three very different stories.
I am aggravated and frustrated. I am not a big baby, but that's just how he made me feel. My pain is real and I though I am very motivated to go back to work, I am not feeling strong enough to do so. He supported me in this. He also referred me to the Pain Clinic (for which I said I don't think I need it, I just take my Ibuprofen. I need TIME, not drugs).
How long did it take others to go back to work?