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Anyone dealing with SSA since surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Looking for anyone who may be dealing with SSA disability. When all this came about I knew that I was in for a long rocky road. I know that it's a nightmare dealing with them. Any suggestions, I've got to try to keep my mind occupied, I feel like I'm going crazy, looking at the ceiling, TV or computer. 2 weeks PO now, hoping the Dr.'s office will call back today and give a little insight as to what exactly I should be doing. When I left the hospital, got a 1 page sheet that said no lifting, no driving for 2 weeks, wear collar when walking, outside or in car. Guess that since the NS has done his thing, he's on to bigger and better. Got a followup scheduled for 4/22. I'm real nervous about moving around and messing something up in there. Still having to use the pain meds and muscle relaxers for the spasms, mainly at night. Get about 2 hours sleep in a row at best. Right now driving is out of the question while on the meds.


  • FYI.......Social security usually denies most the first time. Make sure if they do, you appeal. A lawyer is usually very helpful in reversing a denial.

    I have a 3 level ACDF..C-3-6. Severe stenosis with Myleopathy,
    I got ssd..

    Good luck
  • I'm about to loose my mind here....not good , but is good to knao others out there experencing the samestuff I am....I have 2herniated in my neck and 5 in the lumbar spine and it is very painful. One of them in my lower back is an impingement oon the saractic nerve. I have COPD to top that. Denied twice with SSA and have to go to some kind of hearing. My mobility has taken a nose dive...can.t sit too long or lay....and definately can't stand....lets not talk about walking anywhere....my doctor prescribed a wheel chair....but someone has to push it. I feel trapped depressed and worthless. I have a lawyer, but it is a shameyou gotta go threw all that when you have the Doctorand the MRI's to back you up. You work all your life and when you need what they have taken out of your checks for ages...its not there for you when you need it. Top that off I a veteran also.....just so depressing. I feel you dominoman, i feel you.
  • Sorry that I didn't post a response Paul. I just retired on December 31, 2008, on February 13, while working at my self-employment handyman job I did something, came up with severe arm pain. Got into the doctor, finally got a referral to a specialist, then another referral to NS. 4 days after the first appoint with the NS, I'm laying on the operating table to have the corpectomy done and fixing the discs and having all the hardware installed. As to am I permanently out of work? I don't know. For the past 27 1/2 years I worked as a police officer. By SS rules/guidelines as I understand them, any work I had done is based on what I did for the past 15 years. I've looked at the requirements to be hired by most any department or agency and most if not all of them require entry level physical testing. Some places are different, but as a general rule, you have to run like 1 mile, climb over fences anywhere from 2-6 feet high, drag a 170 pound dummy so far, go up and down stairs, etc. Considering that I can't lift anything over 10 pounds right now and am so weak from not doing anything, there is no way I could do these tests. My NS said that he didn't think I would be able to do these tests. I just don't know how long these conditions are going to last. And any time you apply, the tests are one of the first things done and you have to have a doctor sign off on a medical release. I don't see that happening, any doctor putting his tail on the line saying I can do these tests and then something happening that causes further damage. My original diagnosis straight from doctors report;
    “At C6-C7 he has significant central stenosis as well as left-sided foraminal stenosis. At C5-C6 he has moderate central canal stenosis as well as foraminal stenosis and he has severe left sided foraminal stenosis due to a herniated disc. In addition he has kyphosis of the cervical spine centered at the C5 level.”
    “ He does have degenerative deformity in addition to having this degenerative stenosis of the central canal and both foramina.”

    The SS Blue Book lists the stenosis as one of the conditions in the skeletal portion that they say is severe enough to award benefits.

    On top of this I've got problems in my wrist that is going to require another surgery, a knee that will in all probability need surgery. I tried driving a short distance today on a nice quite country road. It was OK, but I know that I'm not ready for any type driving in traffic. Sitting for anything over about 15 minutes and legs start having pain. I'll be talking with the NS next week on my follow up about the lower back problems that have begun to show up since the surgery on my neck. I'm not sure if it is a cause of the lighting bolt shots down my leg or if it's just due to how I hobble around that makes it come on.
    Sorry to be so long winded about this, I just don't know any other way to explain it. Almost forgot, only sleeping about 2 hours a night would make it near impossible to attempt any type work right now.
  • I have my initial interview next Monday 5-11 with SS. I filed back in February, on-line. There is nothing in their online process that tells you you have to call for an appointment for an interview. I'm headed in this morning to have the 3rd MRI done since all this started. This on is on the lower back, NS wants to see about why when I shift my hips I get a shooting pain down both legs. Been going to PT 2 times a week and doing exercises at home in between. NS will not sign a release as of now for any attempt to work.
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