This is my first time posting on this forum.
I had a laminectomy for an 11mm protruding disk/sciatica on my L4/L5 in December of last year. Since then, I've had a number of set backs with my recovery. I was laid off from my employer back in Jan of this year, and since then I've worked at jobs that I had to take so I had an income but they completely ruined my back and the healing process. I am unemployed (I don't qualify for benefits because I quit my last job as a restaurant manager to move to a sales job-I thought it would be easier on my back-but the EDD deemed my job move as a disqualifying reason to claim unemployment)
I have been on short term disability since June for severe spasms and incredible back pain, and I'm slated to be off of short term disability in Sept.
My question is this: I don't think I will be able to return to work in September, as my back pain has not improved. What types of extensions can I request through my doctor? I need more time to heal but am unfamiliar with the disability extension process. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Also, can I still interview for jobs while I'm on short term disability (I want to have a job lined up after my disability ends)...but I don't want to disqualify myself from receiving the disability payments I'm currently receiving.