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severe upper back pain 2 years after spine surgery help!

I had spine surgery when I was 16 due to a 58 degree curve in my spine that was getting worse every month. I'm 19 now and it started to give me pain 5 months ago near the top right side of my back about an inch left of my shoulder blades.. I have no insurance and can't leave my back unsupported for more than 20 minutes without pain.. Meaning I either need to be laying on my back or supported upright in a chair.. Then all pain goes away completely. I went in to try to get social security I feel like trash having to so such a thing at this age I wish so much to be normal.. Anyways I got denied them saying my back looks really good and the surgeon did a wonderful job.. That there made me give up on life now I just lay in my room all day because I can't stand the pain if I get up to do anything plus if I try to bend the pain increases severely almost to the point I want to cry I can't get pain medication anymore because my doctor cutt me off.. When I was on the medication I could work all day no problems as a cashier at mcdonalds since I had to quit because of pain.. Please someone give me a little guidance on what to do I have no medical insurance no job I can't afford to live like this I'm one of the unfortunate to be born into a broke family. Whats does someone in my position do! I can't stand this pain much longer !


  • Dont give up on filing for disability. I hired a lawyer and they only get a percentage if you are approved. Very diificult to get on your own. Everyone gets turned down at least their first time applying. I have been turned down twice and now am waiting o hearing with a judge. Most people are approved then. I had to wait 5 months after I stopped working before I could apply and now have waited one yr. But they must give you retro pay minus those 5 months when you are approved.

    I know it is hard and I was 19 when I started suffering back pain while pregnant with my first child. Have had chronic pain on and off since which has been 30 yrs. Have you tried to get state health care. In NC where I live we have Medicaid which is free medical care for people not working or who dont make much money. You should call your local social security office or health dept. And see where to apply. If approved it is a very quick process to get card and then you could make appt. To see you primary and go from there.

    I wish you luck and please dont give up. Look into the healthcare asap. PM me anytime with questions or concerns.

  • RoyalBlueRRoyalBlue Posts: 2
    edited 10/25/2013 - 6:25 PM
    I feel ashamed about my condition at my age that's why I haven't seen a lawyer I have been denied 2 times.. I'll take your advice and call a lawyer and also look into the state help.. I'm worried if I have to go into surgery they'll only pay for a portion and I'll be stuck in tons of debt.. The surgery I had when I was 16 came out too a 75,000 bill good thing I had full coverage.. Does anyone have experience in having their hardware removed due to discomfort?
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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