Re: Who works?
My husband worked for several years with chronic back pain. He would come home in tears some days. But he has been unable to work for over two years now...not only from the chronic pain, but a host of other medical conditions. I think that him working for so long enduring the pain caused his system to get down and led to his additional problems.
Most people can make it on less money. It took almost two years for his SSDI to get approved, so we had to adjust our spending habits. (Eating at home, we sold his truck, no vacation, and cutting out other non-essentials.)