I am only 39 and have a B.S. and M.S. Degree and have worked as a biologist for the past 13 years (only 2 different employers). In 2010 I had sudden onset occipital neuralgia, and after countless tests and injections I had my C1-C2 fused in April 2011. I went off in temporary disability (full time for 8 weeks and then part time through January 2012). In January 2012 I had a revision fusion done because the bone graft resorbed. I took another 12 weeks off, then went back to work part-time (20-30 hours a week depending on my pain).
In April of 2013 I went on temporary disability, and after 12 weeks my employer told me that I either needed to return full time or leave. Based on my pain, I knew I couldn't return full time. Now I am almost a year out from going on temporary state disability and I filed for SSDI in January.
I worry that because of my age and education I will be denied. Since my last surgery, I've had 2 rhizotomies and still take pain medication. I cannot turn my head more than 25 degrees to either side and 10 degrees down. I also suffer severe muscle spasms. My employer tried to accommodate me by buying me a stand up workstation, sit down desk, and custom high back chair with head support.
So, here's my question.....has anyone else in similar circumstances applied for SSDI? What was the outcome, I'm so worried......thanks in advance.
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations