I hurt my back May 8 2006 and I just had a L4-l5,L5-S1 fusion. My doc said I would only be able to lift 35# from now on. I had worker construction since I was out of school. When the housing business got slow I was out of work for almost a year and I got a job at a lumber yard. I was cutting custom beams when I picked up one end and heard a pop, these beams weight about 500lbs. I tried to keep working as the doctor gave me 5-10lbs. restrictions and my manager still had me cutting the beams and loading trucks with no help. If I would have help in the first place I would have went through this. I feel alot better after surgury and I am only about 5 weeks post op. I am worried about what kind of job I am going to have the rest of my life. I hope Workers Comp. will give me training to find something I can do. Has anyone else on her been through this. I have no college education just a high school diploma. Never done anything but the construction field and the said NO MORE or I would be back getting the next levels fused. I have a wife and 3 kids and worried.