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lumbar disk disease

Started by naomi425 on 10/25/2010 2:32pm

I have a lumbar disk disease and I work for a company that requires me to do a lot of bending, lifting and be on my feet. I am still under my primary care physician care. My short term disability has been terminated. Should I go back to work. Any suggestions.

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Hi, I have the same condition along with having DJD, and DDD of the lumbar and spine, I've never been able to return to work. If you believe that your Dr. feel you want make it worst, than I would consider a neuro specialist. I went back to work and now I've had to have surgery. Please weight your options, I'm in so much pain, now Im getting ready to go back to surgery, due to damage nervous system and RSD. Let me know what you decided, this can get worriest, my disc had to to be replaced. Good luck I will keep you in my prayers....Prayer will help.....

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Thank you so much for the information you have provided. Was very helpful in determining my decision as to going back to work. Thank you for your prayers.

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naomi425.....you are very welcome, I hate I return to work because I damage my back even more. I had six rods, eight screws, and four plates put in on May 19, 2010. Had to have it taken out on Sept 2, 2010 due to the hardware damage my nervous system, now I'm going to try a spinal cord stimulatator, which should help with the pain if not, I don't know what my next option is. So think about how you want to live your life, because if you go back to work, you may go to surgery and
will not be able to do all the things you do now....I hate I had surgery, I will have to walk with a four wheel walker for life and if the stim help, I will wear it for a long time. Been waiting six months for a decision on my disability case, still have not been denied. this will be surgery number five...keep in touch, talk to a pain management doctor who will answer all your question, and do all your test to see what will help you....sorry for the long comment....i will be praying for you, ever want to talk please feel free to contact me......

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Lumbar disc disease IS NOT A DISEASE. It is a terribly misnamed finding on MRI. All this means is that the some of the discs are more dried out than others--this happens to every over time. Sometimes these discs cause pain but most time THEY DON'T!!!!! Please, please, please, consider going to a physical therapist or chiropractor with advanced skills in treating the spine. I am a PT and am biased towards PTs but if you have been given a diagnosis of DDD (degnerative disc disease) and have not tried SEVERAL different PTs (don't assume we are all the same) or several chiropractors, I hope you consider this. In most cases, people can return to work--they just have to rehabilitate correctly. Good luck. I wish I could be of more help.

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