At long last I have had my consultation about my neck. On the positive side I'm not having the op! I have disk bulge on c4/5 and to a lesser degree on c6/7. Fortunately I have only had the shooting arm pains a couple of times, mostly the pain is in my neck and shoulders. I have oa in my hands and feet and now use a stick to wobble around with lol!
I've now been off work for 5 months and I want to go back. I work in a call centre, although I don't particularly enjoy the job (I am almost literally chained to the pc for 3 hour stretches) the people I work with are fantastic and I couldn't ask anything more from work regarding support at this stage. I haven't had any OH advice as my doctor wants to take one step at a time, now the neck problem has been discussed she will get my arthritis looked at.
The crux of the problem is this, I asked the consultant if I could go back to my job role and he said that it was unrealistic. I realise that I can't sit at a desk and type for 6 hours a day. Work is 24 miles away and driving that distance is quite painful, I also find it wipes me out - before going off sick I used to come home, pick the kids up from school then go to bed for 2/3 hours before I could face cooking. Fortunately the kids aren't too little or it would be a nightmare!
If anyone else has a similar condition I would love to know what type of jobs they do. I'm quite happy to retrain, I've enquired about an occupational health degree which I'd love to do but physically I don't think travelling/loads of study is possible due to fatigue. I'm a "crafty" person so was thinking about floristry as a possibility, I can always dose myself up on painkillers for hands but long term I'm not sure if that is realistic either!
Any suggestions or advice would really be appreciated. I'm not ready to give up work, I need the mental stimulation and I'm struggling to accept whats happening and I need to find a way forward.
thanks in advance for any help you can give