After suffering from acute DDD and having a spinal fusion on the lower back I've heard the dreaded words " 100 percent disabled".
I had 4 level fusion on my back 1 year ago and never recovered well. My orthopedic surgeon referred me to a reputable neurosurgeon for a second opinion. After a physical exam and viewing my MRI images he says I am 100 percent disabled. I have a lot of problematic scar tissue and permanent nerve damage in the left leg, along with chronic back pain. He says any further surgery would cause more suffering than relief.
Bittersweet news though. I'd seen this coming for a long time when I couldn't be fixed after 3 surgeries. I'd filed for disability just to get process started just in case. As y'all probably know, winning a disability case can be a long tuff road when applying for back problems. Especially at my young age. The doctor was very sure I would win my case after his exam of me and my condition. I guess it will be hard for social security to argue with a top notch neurosurgeon who says I'm disabled.
But who wants to be disabled at 28??? Such a hard blow for a young man with his whole life ahead of him. Yet I'm relieved I can win my case without a battle with SS. DDD is a terrible medical condition and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
And I hope this doesn't start a disability debate. But I think SS should take these back ailments more seriously. Without a healthy back the whole body is handicapped. Lots of folks suffering with chronic back problems and being denied disability benefits who really need it. Then you got people who fear spiders drawing checks. Kinda makes me sick