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morridyn23mmorridyn23 Posts: 1
edited 11/13/2014 - 9:00 AM in Health Insurance Issues
I am a 36 year old female who began experiencing foot drop on my right side in Jan 2014. My neurosurgeon performed a MRI of my neck and back to rule out a nerve impingement in May. Much to our surprise, he found a 55mm tumor in my spinal cord from c3-t1. The next day I was at xxxxy hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr.xxxxxxxxs performed surgery on May 14. I went back to work 13 weeks later. During this time, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and still undergoing treatment for that (good prognosis). Presently I am missing more work than I am there, experiencing mild depression and memory loss. I am deciding whether or not to go back out of work and apply for ssdi. There are so many horror stories out there and understand the ssdi considerations, so I am perplexed! Can anyone share their experiences and/or advice?

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Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Moderator 11/13/14 15:00


  • I'm sorry to hear of the medical issues you are having. If you are still capable of working then most likely the SSDI will be denied. They (Feds) will question whether or not you can do any job, not just the job you currently have.

    Perhaps you could see if your employer has another position you could work that is more conducive to your treatment/recovery? If you feel that you cannot do any work because of your condition, then a lawyer who specializes in disability cases may be your best bet. If nothing else, see if he/she will give you a free consultation.

    Best of luck!
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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