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    Frazzled

    Hello,

    I am 51 years old. I have surgery in 1978 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. I have a Harrington Rod. I have 2 vertebrae in my neck that are fused. I was born this way and I have no pain as a result. My rod is broken but is not currently causing any issues. I have been in pain for about 5 years now. My lower back hurts all the time. I am not happy.

    I recently saw Dr Eppig of the Cleveland Clinic. He did a cat scan and an MRI. I have 4 vertebrae and 3 discs below the fusion that have done all the work for the past 35 years. The 3 disc between the vertebrae are very damaged. He wants to do a fusion of these four vertebrae. This is a very large surgery with a long long recovery. I am scared.

    I cannot afford not to work. Does anyone know anything about social security disability? I don’t know what I should do.

    Thank you for listening,

    Moe
    Last edited by Mary Maureen; 10-18-2013 at 02:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Maureen View Post
    Hello,

    I am 51 years old. I have surgery in 1978 at Rainbow Babies and Childrenís Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. I have a Harrington Rod. I have 2 vertebrae in my neck that are fused. I was born this way and I have no pain as a result. My rod is broken but is not currently causing any issues. I have been in pain for about 5 years now. My lower back hurts all the time. I am not happy.

    I recently saw Dr Eppig of the Cleveland Clinic. He did a cat scan and an MRI. I have 4 vertebrae and 3 discs below the fusion that have done all the work for the past 35 years. The 3 disc between the vertebrae are very damaged. He wants to do a fusion of these four vertebrae. This is a very large surgery with a long long recovery. I am scared.

    I cannot afford not to work. Does anyone know anything about social security disability? I donít know what I should do.

    Thank you for listening,

    Moe
    Hi Moe...

    If you decide to have surgery, you should be able to receive short-term disability from the state of Ohio. I don't know how it works there, but your employer or your surgeon's office can help.

    Regards,
    Linda
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    Hi Mary,

    It is so hard to do this big surgery and recovery takes a long time. In Illinois{where I live} I was able to get on disabily. the state should not make any difference as it is Social Security. You have to plan on it taking sometime . And from what I know , you can go on and off of diablity.
    I have remained on disability as my type of work is not possible with a fused spine.
    I will be glad to answer you questions and would suggest you make an appointment to talk to someone at the local office.
    Jackie

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