I had a spinal fusion at c4-c5 and c6-c7 about 3 years ago because of DDD, a "narrowing" of the area(not sure what that means but that is what is on my medical records) and a bone spur. I am still feeling a lot of shoulder pain as well as my right forearm (which was stronger than my left before the surgery) feels a lot weaker and feels pain when i lift anything more than 5 pounds. I recently saw a pain management specialist and got a cortisone shot on the right side because of developing arthritis in the sections that aren't fused. it helped for about 4 months and I am now starting to feel the pain again. Would I qualify for disability? back in 2010 i got denied when my surgeon tried to put me on it I think because of my age being so young. I am now 26 and dealing with all of this pain. I work as an admin assistant so my job is very sedentary so I have to get up every hour just to stretch and walk around.I have a doctor appointment with a new neurosurgeon because my pain management doctor said that he wouldn't suggest disability because in his words "people generally get worse on disability"..I'm not really sure what my other options are.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Edit: forgot to add that I have already been to physical therapy twice in the last 3 years but my insurance at the time only covered 6 visits at a time and those didnt really help with the range of motion in my neck or strength in my arms