Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/9/2009 12:46:36 PM (GMT-7)
Regarding SSD....I had Cervical Fusion in 2000, went back to work and continued to work for 3 more years. During this time, I did NOT take Pain meds during the day but as soon as I walked in my door I did everything I could to reduce the pain. This is how I lived my life, working all day, hoping for relief at night with meds. All of this was documented, when I decided to stop working I made an appointment with SS and a Pain Rehab Dr., prior 3 year medical records in hand. I also had my boss a Family Practice M.D. write a letter explaining what he observed since the surgery. When I had my interview with SSD, the clerk told me having continued to work in severe pain would play a big part in the outcome.
It sounds to me like everyone at your work place has seen what you live everyday, you have documentation, get your appointment and get it done! It was my worst day to finally admit that I had had enough but once done a big weight will be lifted. You have so many problems, you DESERVE to do this for yourself. We who live in chronic pain wear out our Adrenals which in turn shuts down the hormone system, hence, weight gain, depression and so on. Its time for you to give in and allow some relief in to your life. Stay on Cobra as long as possible it takes 25 months once approved on SSD for Medicare to kick in!
Go for it!!!