Hello there! I'm new to the forum, so if I put this topic in the wrong area, let me know. lol.
Anyway, in a nutshell, I have such back pain and back issues, I am pretty much unable to work. I herniated two disks in my lumbar spine, one in 1985, and another in 1997. I did not have surgery and have tried to just tough it out and get by. Long story short, I now have arthritis and both disks are now totally gone, and my back is acting up again worse than ever. I am not able to stand for very long and I can't really walk much beyond 30 to 45 minutes and I have to sit down. I have applied for social security disabilty (summer 2009), I also have gastrointestinal issues and I have pretty severe IBS. I did hire a disability attorney, but I was denied my first time, we have appealed and are now waiting to see what happens next.
But, because I am single, and most everyone in my family has passed away, I have to try to find some kind of part time work in order to not lose my apartment and pay bills. But between the back pain and the IBS I have lost about 8 jobs just in the last 12 months. Does social security allow that you can work some limited part time if you are able to, or is working part time going to hurt my chance at disability? Currently I am only working three days a week three hours a day, not enough to live on, and I am having trouble just working that. If I don't work at least limited part time I will be homeless as I have no relatives and no where to go. I am getting some assistance thru the county for my rent, but I basically have no money unless I try to work, and so far I don't last more than 2 days to 2 weeks and then my health issues usually end up with my getting fired and another lost job. What does social security expect people do? And how hard is it really to get social security disability? I'm scared, and frustrated. Thanks for reading all of this if you made it thru all rantings.....lol.