Hello all, I am looking for some support and trying to get pointed in the right direction. I have had 2 laminectomies at the l5-s1 area, but yet the pain in my legs and buttocks is worse than ever. I cant stand up, sit down, or lay down for anymore than about an hour. My left foot feels like it is dead weight, but my neurosurgeon says that I am not a good candidate for a fusion. During my second surgery I had heart failure, and the back surgery had to be aborted, and a stent was placed in one of my main arteries. I had to heal from the heart failure before they could do the second back surgery again. In 1990 I was diagnosed as socially phobic, and spent ten days in a mental hospital. I was able to overcome the social anxiety, but now with the constant pain, and depression, the anxiety attacks have returned. I have used up all 4 weeks of my vacation at work in a 4 month span, and am in trouble for absenteeism now. I am a maintenance man at a large plant with a good work record, but I just cant physically or mentally do my job anymore. My doctor has just taken me off work for 30 days, and I am wondering if I should go ahead and file for disability. I take vicodin HP for pain. Xanax for anxiety. Effexor for depression. I have a great fear of not receiving any income for however long it would take my case to go through the process. And an even greater fear of being denied and not having my job anymore. My question isvery simple. Since I cant work 8 hours a day, and I am already off work, should I go ahead and apply for disability now, because I can draw sick pay for six months from my employer. I guess I'm just scared and sure could use some of the good advise I see on these boards.