I had been hired recently by PRN Ambulance, an IFT company in Glendale, CA. A month later, still waiting to hear when orientation/training would begin, I received notice they could no longer hire me because of degenerative back problems that showed up in my back xray. ("diffused discogenic disease in the lumbar area with associated hypertropic spurring noted, plus mention of dextro-scoliosis")....I'm a 47-year old mom/wife, graduated from EMT class in May 2010. Now, I suppose I'm washed up as an EMT before even getting out into the field?! No chance of getting hired with AMR, or Schaefer or anywhere else, with a lifting test? I'd been doing core strength training, everything I could. Does anyone have anything to tell me or to suggest? I feel sick.