I am new to site, but I have read articles for several years from this site. To sum up my situation, I had a C4-C5 Fusion almost 15 years ago and had chronic pain everyday and finally had a C5-C6 fusion last year and still having chronic pain and going every 3 months for injections. But, I also know that C6-C7 is bad and will more than likely cause me problems before long. I also have a bad disc I have avoided surgery for almost 15 years in S1-L1 (I think). I get shots in that area alternating my neck/back as needed. I have been diagnosed with DDD as well as my PM treats me for Cervical Facets.
So, to top that off I also have GERD and Sleap Apnea. So I do not get a good nights sleep with insomnia and I am very sleepy in the morning and of course any pain meds I take just makes it worse.
Now, for my days. I work basically at a desk all day doing several tasks, a lot of typing and programming type work. I work in a very stressful job and sometimes there is so much going on hardly no time for lunch, eat it on the run and lately been putting in a LOT of overtime. No doubt with the inability to get a good nights sleep, I am a walking zombie in the day. I am sure stress is impacting me, and probably a little depression with 15 years of daily pain.
In the next few weeks I will be going back to my GP for a consult at my request, too specifically address the issues I am having and the possibility of taking STD and perhaps even LTD for a few years to see if I can recover. I am 50 now, and I am realizing I do not spring back like I used to.
Should also mention, with the sleep apnea and lack of sleep - meds, I have a hard time concentrating at work and starting to have trouble remembering and completing tasks and sometimes things I should know and have known for years at my job as I have been there over 26 years.
Now the questions. Anyone know how to approach my GP on taking STD or even LTD and getting her to support me? Taken alone, the neck/back pain is not over debilitating, but the combination of all the conditions is impacting me to the point I am concerned of more damage, more operations and more serious health issues. There may be a possibility I can do something else, but I can't just drop work and start doing it. I need time off to stabilize myself, find out my limitations and go from there. At the moment, all of my docs know my job is not a good fit for my condition, but they never address it, only the pain and I have not had any limitations place on me, which I should have so I am not sitting all day, I need to get up and walk every hour or so, but without something from the doc that makes it hard to say "I have to do this".
Sorry for the long read. Hopefully is provides some info so I can get a little suggestion on where to go from some who have been through this already.