Multiple Disappointing Back Surgeries

I was 14 when I had my first spinal fusion. My parents noticed that my left hip was sticking out farther than my right so they took me to my doctor who referred me to an orthopedic surgeon in April of 2008. The X-rays showed that I had 3 significant curves in my spine. The worst equaling 71 degrees.

I was prepped for surgery and had my first in September of that year. During the surgery, something "unexplainable" happened and when I woke up, I had no movement or feeling in my right leg. They did a nerve test where they zapped me all over to find out which nerves they had hit. I went back into surgery 3 hours later to have the rods taken back out.

I was in physical therapy for 2 months and I was out of school for 7 weeks. In December of that year, I had another surgery to put the rods back in. This time it worked (or so I thought) and I was able to go back to school after 4 weeks.

I am 21 now and my back is constantly in pain. I can't even tell you the last time I got a full nights sleep. I recently graduated culinary school and I'm a line chef currently. I just went to see a new doctor who told me I need to change professions because my back is irritated.

After spending over 15,000 dollars on school I found that severely heartbreaking. I'm not sure what to do now. I'm still working as a chef but I can't stand for long periods of time and I'm over-medicating to compensate for my pain. I have looked into disability but its looking like since I have a job I don't qualify. I'm at a loss for what to do so any type of advice would really help. Thank you for reading my story. - Brittany

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