Hello everyone,it has been a while since I logged in,I have some new developments.First I am a 57 year old male and have been on Disability since 2005. I need a second spinal fusion ,this time involving the l4 vertebre.I had been having trouble (trouble meaning pain and inflamation)on my neck and imaging shows degenerative disc disease at 3 levels and numerous bone spurs.Both my "sites" hurt quite a bit and I am pretty limited in movement. The doc says surgery at my neck also.I already had a surgery for a herneaited disc at the L5-S1 level before the disability started.
My question,I will have had 4 surgerys and have been off work for 7 years now.How reasonable is it for me to really believe I can go to work again? I was an auto mechanic,so that is out,I can work on the computer but only for 3 hours (with breaks) and then I must lie down to work on the computer.I do not really see too many jobs where they let you lay in bed. I ask,is my work career over and I should just try and be happy on disability and live out what life I have left? In order to go to work I would have to get my pain med addiction cured (or more correctly ,cure it myself).Taking pain meds for this long involves addiction,no matter how strong your mind is.Thanks for looking over my situation.Every answer will be appreciated even if it is not exactly one that raises my spirts.