I have had ACDF at c5-7 several years ago and had Failed.Neck Surgery. I have permanent nerve damage att he root at c7 which causes radiating pain down both arms. I also have herniated disk at c4/5 and spinal stenosis. I have been on narcotic pain meds for 3 1/2 years and try my best to keep it to a minimum. I had a fall several months ago and so far they have detected 2 herniated disks in the lumbar region, bone spurs covering the facet joints in several areas, arthritis and DDD, arthritis in the hips and pelvis. I also suffer from radiating pain down both legs and numbness and tingling in my feet and toes. I am awaiting the results of another MRI and an appointment for an EMG.
My condition has been chronic for over 3 years and this latest fall has made things much more difficult. here's the problem. I have always been honest with my employer regarding my medical issues. When I returned from my surgery there were limitations regarding weight lifting but that was about it. Due to the nature of my chronic pain, there were times where it was necessary to take breakthrough pain meds at work. I have asked many times for accommodations in my work load because I do much more than any of the other people there. I have more knowledge and skills which makes it almost difficult to expect them to take over some of my tasks, but everyone has to learn sometimes. I have always received Highly Effective evaluations and she has indicated that she is more than pleased with my work. Every time I asked if we could talk about change in the way we do work or changes they could make to ease some of the stress on,e, I have gotten the brush off. Before I left for summer break (I work in the school system), I was surprised when my boss and her boss came in to tell me that they were concerned for me and wanted to support me. They wanted to look at some options in that regard, but I would be getting a letter from the superintendent about the procedure. Well a few weeks later I get a letter telling me that I have to get a physical examination to determine if I was "fit for duty". This was gut wrenching but I had to do it. I had no choice. Their doctor determined that because I could not bend, lift or stand for a long period of time, and because I was on chronic narcotic use I was not fit for duty and was a safety hazard. I still don't know what my options are and am so stress out that my pain is sky high. Advice? Thoughts?