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Pain meds and Work

Cm4tbly nuumbCCm4tbly nuumb Posts: 3
edited 09/25/2015 - 2:34 AM in Health Insurance Issues
Hello fellow troopers.
I've been dipping in and out of this website for sometime now.
I'll try to keep this short and sweet as can be:

Hurt my lower back in May of 2012 on the job.
I was diagnosed with a ruptured disc at the L5S1 region after my MRI.
First dr wanted to graft, fuse and cage me-I got a second opinion.
Being that it was Work Comp, I jumped through all the hoops-
physical therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, steroid injections((4 of them)), all while ingesting the prescribed dosages of Soma and Norco and medical MJ.
Fast forward to present day....
Never had surgery(work comp QME said it couldn't be justified due to low success rates of the surgery that I need).
I see my pain management doctor once every 2 months, to get my "power pills".
On the norco, I still feel the back pain, but they numb the pain enough for me to function substantially.
I've intentionally kept myself on Norco and have not needed to upgrade? to stronger opiates-to avoid dependency....... Too late.
After my work comp $ ran out, I went on state disability.
After that ran out, I scraped along till I settled my WC case in 2014.
I also applied for SSI and SSDI...but I was denied twice...they say I'm too "young" and not disabled enough.
Yet I can barley walk without medication and I fit their "rules" for being disabled.
Now my question:
Does anybody know of any programs I may have missed or that are available for disabled folks who fell through the cracks?
I want to work sooo bad, but nobody will hire me cuz of my disability and my meds.
Any suggestions are thoroughly appreciated.
Thanks guys.



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  • Mother GooseMMother Goose Posts: 87
    edited 09/26/2015 - 4:49 PM
    there is something missing from the story. What is it that you where working as? Most of the time when applying for SSDI you have to show that you can't do any job. A lot of times someone who can't do a physical job can change to a desk job. (that's generalizing but you get the idea) I had to stop doing a job that I loved because of my injuries. I went to vocational rehabilitation. They sent me to school for a semester and I was able to switch careers. I have been on my current job for over 20 years. I also asked for and got accommodations. The person that is in the cubicle next to me has the social security caseload and you have to show that you have tried other jobs first.
  • Thanks for the reply MotherGoose.
    I was a truck driver.
    And of course, advised that I wouldn't be driving for a career anymore by my Dr(s).

    So frustrating knowing you're qualified for a job, but know that you won't get hired because your taking PRESCRIBED meds.

  • How working would be a problem, especially since you're a truck driver. Nobody can take the chance that you can't drive while you're on narcotics if you were sitting in their place you probably wouldn't take the risk with your business either.

    I think you need a disability attorney. Apparently everybody gets denied for disability and being young doesn't help. If a lawyer can't help with your disability they may be able to help you find or get into some educational program so you can change careers. You might be amazed at what a lawyer can do, they deal with people in your situation everyday and know a great deal about it.

    I feel for u in your situation, I've been wondering about those things myself, I have a physical job and don't see how I'm going to manage it without pain meds nor do I see a way for me to manage it with them because of the side effects. It's truly a vicious cycle. I hope things get better for you.
  • Purplegirl is spot on. You need an attorney to help you out. Thankfully, my employer changed my job for me so medications wouldn't be an issue. Best of luck!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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