I had a fusion done earlier this year, and just returned to work at the end of August. I was on non-occupational disability while off.
I have been in intense 7's pain constantly every day since. Finally got some images done, and found there was a pedicle screw penetrating the nerve root by s1.
Also, BMP was used for the fusion medium, and apparently it grew so fast that it when outside the disc space and started attaching itself to anything it could find.
Long story short, I have been put on the short list for surgery. I quit eating at night after 10, and don't eat again until noon the following day. They could literally call at 9 am and tell me to come in if someone cancels.
Here's the kicker. Work. My prior disability has a "warranty" clause that states that if within 60 days of returning to work you become disabled again with the SAME issue, then I am automatically, seamlessly on non-occ. disability, and my work is happy.
As long as I can get the Dr to put in his notes that I am disabled as of any date before 10/27, then I will be fine. However, how in the heck do you get through to someone to tell this to?? You have to get through the front desk ladies at my surgeon's office before reaching the nurse.
I know my Dr. would happily do it, I just need to let him know. I hate having to go throught the story above a million times to someone that can't do anything about it.
This life is more than frustrating.