i have been off work sick for nearly a yr with back pain, i do have to say it has gotten better but no way near manageable.
i saw hosp doc 2 weeks ago, he is gonna give me more steroid facet injections an another epidural, they were fun NOT,i live in the UK, i am claiming the new support and allowance benefit (USED TO BE CALLED INCAPACITY BENEFIT)
I had a medical to see if i was entiltled to this new benefit, i was accepted, now they are sending me for another one ???
i have been in so much pain these last few days, i feel like throwing in the towel an saying stuff the money,the hosp want me to go back to work ? tell me how ? when i can only sit for a few minutes, walking is agony and sleeping is near impossible.
my boss was sent a letter from hosp saying i could try going back for max 2 hrs a week as long as i have regular breaks, my boss not impressed.
i have been offered a 360 fusion at L4/L5 i still cant decide if im ready for it. i have to go to a job club every month to be able to get benefit money. they have no idea that just getting through each day is a major thing for me. my meds have been upped again and i feel so low but also feel im being forced to go back to work or have the op.
feeling very sorry for myself today, it just makes me mad that i know a lot of people on benefits who are perfectly capable of working they choose not to, i loved my job and would hope to be able to go back to it one day.
all i do is fight to be heard and to get the help and benefit money ive worked all my life for. my surgeon only does 15 of these ops a yr, ive managed to talk to 2 people who have had it done and they both are worse off than before. im rambling now but i needed to get it off my chest, thanks for listening x