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.