pmedic, I'm devastated for you! Not only to have the pain and all the surgery, but to also lose your career, is just more than any of us should have to bear. I was fortunately not working in the hospital when my disease was at its worst, so was able to keep working with a few accommodations.
Do you have short-term disability through your employer? If so, you should apply for that ASAP. Social Security disability does take some time, and I think you have to have some period of disability before you qualify, but I'm not sure how long it is. Some illnesses are easier to qualify than others, and the good news is that things such as AVN, where there is very concrete evidence such as x-rays and operative reports, are usually easier and faster. I'd say your chances are good if your doctor will state that you will be disabled long-term.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
Ulcerative colitis diagnosed in 2001; symptoms as early as 1992. In remission since 2006 with Remicade.
Inflammatory osteoarthritis; osteonecrosis from steroids
Grave's disease successfully treated with radioactive iodine and now on Levothyroxine.
Type II diabetes induced by steroids.
Meds: Remicade, Colazal, Levothyroxine, Mobic, Metformin
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