I was on Long Term Disability for one year. I went back to work 3 weeks ago. I had applied for SSDI a few months previous to this. Today I had to throw in the towel in regards to work. I was experiences debilitating pain when working.
My lawyers said they will file a form with SSDI stating I tried to work and failed. They said this experience will look good to the judge. It will show I made the attempt to work but failed.
I am 57 years old. I have diabetes, hypertension and degenerative disc disease. I had a 4 level laminectomy in Feb. It addressed pain I had been having in my left arm, shoulder, neck and hands. This had been going on for 3 years approximately. The surgery did not alleviate the pain yet. I am told it can take up to a year for nerve damage to heal. My neurosurgeon and spine doctor say I probably have permanent nerve damage.
Now my right arm is causing debilitating pain constantly. It was so bad I had to stop working. I hated doing it. I loved the Company I worked for and the benefits and the people.
I am currently on Long Term Disability pay and waiting for my first decision on my SSDI.