I hear that all so often recently..
I am sure that there are people that after a long time with chronic pain have come to realize that they can no longer perform some of the activities they did before..
However, there is always something that they are capable of doing. Instead of submitting for disability they find ways to make themselves productive.
I see a patient in the rehab center I go for my aquatic therapy. He can not walk without the aid of a major walker, can not hold things in one hand/arm, has trouble speaking, is on a very high dosage of narcotics everyday just to make it bearable.
But he wants to work! The key WANTS He found a small job that would satisfy his desire to be productive.
So when I hear someone who has had a back problem for two months, and says they cant do their job and wants to go out on disability, I just have to shake my head.
There is a time for this
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences