I'm brand new to all the Ssdi stuff but not to back pain and problems. My back history is as follows:
12/2000-back went out-had x/rays and MRI-found to have ruptured disk and DDD-had laminectomy
12/2001-spinal stimulator put in (FYI-this was AWFUL!)
7/2009-back pain was continuing to get worse. Was EXTREMELY unhappy with doctor's treatment-the one who put in stimulator-was referred to new neurologist
8/2009-neurologist removed stimulator and did another MRI. He found severe scar tissue from 1st surgery, l4/l5 bone on bone with fragments, spinal stenosis, arthritis, DDD worse, and said LOTS of scar tissue in upper back from where leads had been from stimulator. Told I needed a cage around l4/l5 to strengthen BUT could only do this by going in from front due to extensive scar tissue in lower back. Wanted to schedule surgery immediately. I was SCARED and there was no way I could take off work for 8-10 weeks for recovery. Neurologist was very understanding and sent me to pain management.
1/2010-noticed increased pain in right leg, and top of foot completely numb-had electrocardiograph (I'm not sure if this is correct word I just know they electrocuted my legs!) and was found I have very bad nerve damage.
I've continued seeing pain management doctor every month & had several shots in SI joint but in October of last year (2012) was forced to quit work because I just can't take the pain any longer. I filed for Ssdi in December.
On side note, I was diagnosed 2 years ago with "the worst undiagnosed case of adult ADHD" the psychologist had ever seen and have been on medication for that as well as pain meds, anxiety meds, and ambien.
I'm only 47 years old. Now I have no job, no insurance, have run out of money and terrified about the wait for Ssdi! I've got 4 children and a supportive husband but I'm now so depressed I don't even want to leave the house. I just don't know what my family is going to do but I can't do the work I've done since I was 16-bookkeeping/accounting.
Does anyone have anything that may help me get thru this?