This week I've had both my physio and GP confirm my disability. The physio just kept saying over and over you're disabled. And, while hearing someone say that to me wasn't pleasant, EMS GUY here on Spine-Health made me realize how important those words were. He is currently filling out a residual functional capacity form (RFCF). Today I seen my GP whom actually manages my pain and she too said I was disable and agreed to fill out the form as well. Once I have the forms I do plan to apply for disability.
My neruo wants to do an ALIF. I"m really scared to have this done. I've read a lot here on SH and know most of you did well and some of you not so well.
On top of this needed ALIF, I've already had three back surgeries and one fusion. The area where the fusion is now has spinal stenosis and so much scar tissue surround the area that it's causing me a great deal of pain. I'm not sure what if anything my neruo plans to do for that.
I also need a right hip replacement and have needed it for a couple of years. I just can't bring myself to get that one done. I will most likely wait until it's just unbearable.
I wonder what your thoughts are on applying for disability before surgery or waiting until after. I mean after surgery aside from my tailbone and legs and hip, I could be much improved? On the other hand, I really think overall, even with a successful surgery I may still be disabled.
And, what are you thoughts on actually have a ALIF?
1992 L5/S1 Laminectomy
2001 L5/S1 Second Laminectomy
2008 L5/S1 Fusion.
C5-C6 disc herniation
C2-C6 Spinal Stenosis and Foramina Stenosis, facet joint degeneration and osteophyte