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Disability Retirement with Spinal Stenosis

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  • Hi! I'm new here. In 2004 I was having neck problems. I was a bank teller. First meds, then Chiroptactor, then injections, then MRI, then surgery. By that time i could not look up. My spine physician performed Anterior cervical discectomy C5-6 & C6-7 with plating C5 to C7. Diagnosis - Cervical myelopathy. Everything healed great!
    In 2010 I started dropping cash & coin at my bank job. My boss sent me to the dr & that was the last day I worked. Xrays & MRI. I saw the xray.....the plate had shifted & severe compression of my spinal cord. Now I had severe pain in my neck, shooting down both arms into my hands. My hands are clumsy & there is numbness. So I had surgery to remove the plate & repositioned it again with screws. After surgery nothing had changed. Severe pain in my neck, arms & hands. My doctor told me to go apply for Social Security Disability & that he would back me 100%. So I did. Surgery was in July. I started receiving Social Security in December. Now this December I start Medicare. I loved my job, loved to knit & play the piano & swim & water ski. I was physically very active. Now I take meds just to get through each day. Gabapentin 1800mg a day, Cyclobenzaprine 30mg a day & Nortriptyline 30mg at bedtime. The pain in my fingers throbs. When I touch something cold it feels like fire. I wear gloves most of the time..even to bed. I'm constantly dropping & breaking things. It is painful just to reach above my head. I type with my pinkie...the one finger that hurts the least. I am sad.
    I need to decide if Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy would help me or not. Help!
    MargieJV
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