I had surgery in 08 for Ruptued disks in my L4 and L5. I am 40 years old. I'm a bus driver so i sit which lately hurts terribly. Can barely go to church anymore. I'm on 7.5 lortab, robaxin and diclofenac. Tried several meds like lyrica and such. Makes me sick. I'm to the point all I can do is lay and doubling up on pain meds still do not give me relief. Can't work out BC it puts me in bed for days afterwards and I can't do any household chores hardly. I'm at my wits end with the pain and am wondering what my chances are for disability. I have spinal stenosis (abnormally small spine), a tear in one disk and bulge in another, and the dr thinks now also may have sciatica. Anyone have a similar situation that can tell me my chances of disability?
Torn and bulging disks, can anyone advise me on good pain relief?
Added 26 Jul 2012:
Is there any recommendations on pain meds? I can't take anti depressants that are used for pain. I can only take wellbutrin and celexa(which I'm on for anxiety). I've been on the 7.5 for years but constant for the last couple of months. I'm tired of hurting.
Disability takes a ton of verification and cooperation from your Dr, and your employer, and they may send you to their own Dr's as well.
You'll have to prove (medically) that you are permanently handicapped and absolutely unable to perform your duties or any alternate duties you may be assigned.
Not to discourage you, I have disintegrated discs L5-S1 and Stenosis and intense burning nerve pain as well, still didn't qualify. Best of luck, hope this helps.
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