I will appreciate comments and guidance. I am also trying to guage the percentage of chronic back pain people that work. I have been suffering from chronic back since 2003 and had two coflex spacers inserted in 2008. I have DDD, stenosis, arthritis, herniated discs, & mild scoliosis. I tried to deal with the pain for years and worked full time from 2003 through 2005. I am a 20 year government worker that sits and drives a lot. From 2005 through the end of 2008 I received partial disability. I returned to full time in Jan. 2009, it was a struggle but I managed with the help of tramadol, trigger point injections, rest, heat, ice, tens, etc. In March 2010 I was in a bad car accident while in work status. Approved for workman's comp. due to three bulged cervical discs and post concussion syndrome. My back pain is worse now but it wasn't approved due to a pre existing condition. My doctor ramped up my work schedule and I am scheduled to return to full time in 2 weeks. While the back pain is chronic and troubling, I am so fatigued. It is a struggle to do anything for 4 to 6 hours straight. I know many of you have the same problems or even much worse. I am struggling whether to apply for retirement disability if I do not get much better. How do you put in a full day's work and attend to personal responsibilities? It doesn't seem fair. The doctor did give me oxycodone for pain, and taking 3 5mg pills per day can make me productive. However, should I have to take those just to work? There is not much of an exit strategy for us.