Over the last 5-6 years my Degenerative Spinal Stenosis has became much worse. At 57, I imagine I'm in the prime target group of "Baby Boomers" with this type of condition as the body is getting old. I'm a high school teacher, I was wondering if anyone has tried for a disability retirement other than SSI/SSD. My conditions is Degenerative and not caused from an accident. In '07-'08 it started in my right upper back near my right shoulder blade. The epidural only lasted about a year, since then my lower back has started hurting severely and the MRI has showed some serious problems from L5-S1. I just can do all the things a high school teacher needs to do any longer as part of there job.
Please let me know of your attempts to get a disability retirement and if you have the documentation, MRI's and doctors diagnosis, do you have to be an absolute cripple to get a disabilty retirement. Can't live on Vicodins forever. If I just take it easy physically, I do pretty good but I don't have the luxury of going to lie down when my back starts hurting. The more walking, the sooner the pain starts and the same sitting for sevral hours working at the computer. I can deal with epidurals but surgery is something that will be a last resort. I just want out of the classroom but I don't know if I could do many jobs without standing for long periods or sitting at a computer for long periods.