I have had back problems for about 15 years off and on. Nothing too major. Locking up and what not but a trip to a chiropractor usually fixed me up. One day, pretty much out of the blue, I started having severe pain under my left scapula, down my left arm, neck, etc. Ended up I had a severely ruptured disc at C6-7 that was pinching my nerve to the point I lost 70% of the muscle on the left side of my body before anyone figured out what was happening. Had emergency fusion surgery to repair and it went well. Took time but fortunately, I got most of the muscle back. About a year later, I had more neck problems which resulted in another fusion at C4-5. Next, I lost all the strength in my legs and started having massive problems in the bottom of my back. This was where I initially had problems all along and I recently had to have fusion surgery from L4 - S2. I am still pretty sore and slowly healing up.
My big problem is at work. I am still having problems consistently putting in a full 40 each week. I am a computer programmer and can do my work at home and have proven this but my bosses don't want others demanding to work at home because I do. I think its a bit different since I have actual medical problems. Sitting for 8+ hours a day is completely miserable and by Friday, I'm in so much pain, I can barely drag myself in to work and occasionally don't.
My main concern here is that I'm worried they are going to let me go due to the fact they are self-insured and don't like my medical issues plus the fact that I get worn down and take more time off than normal. I am one of their best programmers and I think this is why they've kept me on so far but I'm still worried. My doctor actually told me he can't believe I go to work as much as I do with the problems I have and actually suggested disability. I have thought about it a little bit but I am the sole breadwinner for our family and wonder how badly this will impact us. I have 4 children under 13 as well.
Is there a way to secure ssi / ssd while you are still working? I don't know how people can wait for 2 years for this process to run its course without losing everything. Also, I am unsure about the insurance options for my children and wife. How much income would I be eligible for? I live in Utah. Anyhow, I read this forum often and appreciate the help and support. I hope somebody has some insight into this issue and can give me some direction.
Thanks All. Hope you all have a pain-free and happy holiday season.