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Mar 29, 2016 5:15 AM

I have fibro and arthritus all thru my back. Have had for years now.
The meds I was on controlled it pretty good for about the last 3 years, but lately it is all returning.
I work as a machinist, 4 10hr days. on my feet on concrete all day.
The fatigue and pain in the mornings and in the afternoon are getting unbearable.
I'm on hydrocodone tramadol and gabipentin for the pain.
zynax and zoloft for the depression and anxiety that comes with it.

The worst thing I am dealing with is just getting to work every morning with the pain and fatigue.
Some days I just caint make it in.
Some days I sleep most of the day.

I'm thinking of filing for disability, but do not know if I would be approved.
If I apply for disability, I can not work while I wait for an answer.
What is a guy to live on in the mean time.

Any input would be appriciated, all this just adds to the depression.


Mar 30, 2016 12:17 PM

Hi I'm am new here, but I am also thinking about trying to get Disability. Meanwhile I also miss work often. I asked my Dr to sign FMLA papers. (The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken).

I don't know if this can help you, hopefully it can.


Mar 30, 2016 12:24 PM

Disability does take a while. See what state disability you can get, and file federal ssdi the same day. You WILL get denied, but don't sweat, they do that to everyone who applies. All you do is appeal their decision and send in more medical documentation about your pain. It can take several years, so you might see about saving up, getting a credit card, or living with less while you wait. They WILL give a backdated amount IIRC, so you can possibly use it to pay off the credit card. Mine took several years, and I ended up with enough to pay off 2 car loans. My VA disability took about 5 years, and my SSDI was based on that info.
You've paid into this system, and now you need it. It's not a perk, it's a necessity.

Mar 30, 2016 12:55 PM

Thanks for the advise. I have heard it takes a long time to get, thats what is holding me back. Not sure how to survive that long with no income.
You offer some good suggestions though , thanks.
What is federal ssdi?

thanks for the input

Mar 30, 2016 12:58 PM

Thanks for your input on my post.
Unfortunatly I work for a company that does not offer benefits. Even insurance.
Would the FMLA apply to a company that does not offer insurance or benefits?
The have good pay, good paid vacation, layed back work environment, but no insurance.

Thanks Again

Mar 30, 2016 4:07 PM

Kcmachine, what does your X-Rays say about your spine and arthritis? Do you think that they support a disability claim? Have you ever talked to your doctor about this increase in pain and the difficulty in work now with regard to disability? How long have you been on the same dose of hydrocodone and tramadol? Could it be you have been on them a long time and the strength is no longer effective for you? It is difficult when you are n chronic pain. I think before you make the leap to stop working and apply disability? You should have a primary doctor to back you up. I think you should have a specialist who has X-rays and medical records that support the reason you should have disability. They really don't need to have an opinion. Most don't give one. Some do. When you go to the doctors, be very thorough with the subjective data. They primarily look at objective data but they do look at the subjective data, the things you say and feel. Make sure you include everything. Because they have to document everything. I have taken from this post that you are a man. If I am wrong I am sorry. But men usually say less, that is why i am saying say everything that you feel about your pain and symptoms no matter how insignificant you may feel it is. I think if you have those things, you can feel pretty confident. I hope you have a support system that can help you during that time when you would have no work. Best wishes to you.

Mar 31, 2016 9:39 AM

thanks for the reply.
I have 5 years of x rays, cat scans and mri's.
as well as lung specialist.
I have a primary doctor who has documented all along.
last mri showed arthritis all throughout my back.
2 bad spots that were inflamed, pressing on nerves going down my right leg.
been on same dose of hydro and tram idol for 3 years.
he wants to send me to pain clinic for shots in back instead of increasing doses.
I really don't want to start getting shots in back. they are only temporary fixes also.
do you think with these years of documentation, test, etc. that I would qualify? it's to the point where I can only make it to work sporadically. never know how I'll feel the next day.
now also on xtnax and zoloft for the stress and depression.
any input is helpfull.

Mar 31, 2016 10:11 AM

Kcmachine, if I remember correctly, you must work 30+ hours weekly to obtain FMLA; not a part time worker. Contact your human resources officer and ask for paperwork to file. They will let you know if you have worked enough hours over the past year. It's worth doing it. It can actually help towards disability process, when FMLA runs out. My Atty is using my FMLA to support my application for disability. It was after the surgery that I became unable to return to work. And my job requires a very sharp mind, something I no longer have (dx memory loss). Hugs & prayers as you go through the process! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Mar 31, 2016 11:47 AM

I work for a small company, 8 employes.
No human resources department.
No insurance or retirement plan.
I FMLA available still in those instances?

Mar 31, 2016 12:46 PM

I'm not sure. You could contact the local state unemployment services, or research FMLA laws. Ask your employer if you're comfortable doing so. FMLA is government protection for leave of absence, but I don't know if it applies to companies so small. It keeps your job safe for 3 months. Maybe someone else on here knows more and can help.

Mar 31, 2016 5:29 PM

The answer is no. Any company with less than 50 employees is NOT required to offer FMLA. For some reason I cannot post the link to this topic. You can go to department of labor and review the fmla rules. Sorry to bring the bad news.

Mar 31, 2016 6:09 PM

that's ok. thanks for the info.
that's what I thought.
I don't think I'll have any trouble getting disability, it'd all very well documented and I'm going to use an attorney with a good track record.
just living while you wait is the problem.
but not much choice anymore.

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