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Old 11-23-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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Question what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

Hello
I was on this board awhile back , actually it's been quite awhile. I loved it --so here I am again. I had my computer redone and lost the site...thank goodness I found it
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF :
I have lumbar spinal stenosis, scoliosis and arthritis in my back- I was diognosed with this about 6 years ago. ( I am 44 years old)...I had MA when I was diognosed with this , since then my girls are both grown and out of the house , so I have no insurance of any kind.
I work 16 hours a week (in pain), I houseclean. I have not been to a DR for this or the pain in about4 years now.....I can tell it has gotton lots worse. somedays are just UNBEARABLE I don't sleep at night , I am irritable , moody and so on....I am also going through my change of life (4 years on that one) along with the pain ! I have been on I don't know how many meds for my moods, and NOTHING seems to work. I am now trying effexor......

I know I am depressed because of all of these things--it would be so nice to live at least ONE DAY in NO PAIN~and to be able to have at least ONE nights good sleep . Oh what I wouldn't give.

anyhow my question is : I usually try to lie on my left side in bed (it's the most comfortable) recently I have noticed on the side of my hip , it feels like bugs crawling under my skin, it tingles and it gets numb - it is starting to go all the way down my leg - what's with this ??? what is this caused from ??
When I seen a DR she told me that she didn't know how much longer I was gonna be able to keep on doing what I was doing......that was 6 years ago..
At the time I had medical I had a cortosone steriod (?) shot in my back , it lasted for about 6 months - it was like being in heaven - NO PAIN ! they told me the shot would cost around 800.00 (I asked this for future references, in case I had to pay myself) , but I surely don't have 800.00.....

I can't stand or sit for very long periods at a time....my mother told me I should sign up for disabilty , [B]what do you think my chances are at getting this ???[/B]

and one more thing , they were gonna do surgery , but the surgeon decided against it , he said that it could make it worse , or it might not make any difference at all ----I sure would have been willing to take the chance , seems to me it couldn't get any worse, and if it did make it worse , why should one have to live in this kind of pain ! ? It's terrible to not be able to do the things with your grandchildren that you should be able to...

sorry my post is so long - and thank you all in advance for your replies
Laura

 
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Old 11-23-2003, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

Hi, Laura. I am rather new at this board, but have been a member of others boards for quite some time. You present a very difficult case here, since you have no health insurance. I have spinal stenosis, ddd, 4 surgeries on my back, and on and on. Your symptoms are very familiar to me, and I could bet money that your stenosis is worse, and maybe other problems cropping up, too. You need to see an ortho and get an MRI, but that would be cost prohibitive.. YOu stand virtually no chance, in my opinion, of getting disability because you have no medical documentation that is recent. I guess you could take your old records to a SSD attorney, but it would be a long shot and would certainly take some time. The other option is to go to social services to see if you can get on state insurance...in Missouri it is called medicaid. Certainly, I would think social services, (not social security) might be able to offer some help. If nothing else, you could go to the ER and they might do an MRI, but without ins. nothing is certain. I wish I had something more concrete for you....perhaps some one else who reads this can guide you better. It reallys is getting to the point where you need medical care soon. Please keep posting here, and on other boards, too, where you might get some more advise. You are past the point of wishing you good luck....so I will pray for you.
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Old 11-23-2003, 02:40 PM   #3
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Re: what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

[QUOTE=carol632]Hi, Laura. I am rather new at this board, but have been a member of others boards for quite some time. You present a very difficult case here, since you have no health insurance. I have spinal stenosis, ddd, 4 surgeries on my back, and on and on. Your symptoms are very familiar to me, and I could bet money that your stenosis is worse, and maybe other problems cropping up, too. You need to see an ortho and get an MRI, but that would be cost prohibitive.. YOu stand virtually no chance, in my opinion, of getting disability because you have no medical documentation that is recent. I guess you could take your old records to a SSD attorney, but it would be a long shot and would certainly take some time. The other option is to go to social services to see if you can get on state insurance...in Missouri it is called medicaid. Certainly, I would think social services, (not social security) might be able to offer some help. If nothing else, you could go to the ER and they might do an MRI, but without ins. nothing is certain. I wish I had something more concrete for you....perhaps some one else who reads this can guide you better. It reallys is getting to the point where you need medical care soon. Please keep posting here, and on other boards, too, where you might get some more advise. You are past the point of wishing you good luck....so I will pray for you.
Carol[/QUOTE]


Hello Carol
thank you so much for your reply . I did have an MRI about 4-6 years ago.
should I just start going to a DR and tell them that I ma thinking of applying for disability ?? I guess the first thing on my list is to write a letter to the specialist that I did see when I had MA when ny youngest daughter was at home. The DR told me that she didn't know how much longer I would be able to keep doing what I was doing ...I think she meant my work ! ?

I hate to run up bills , but if this is what it takes to be able to file , I am game. My pain is so bad that somedays I cannot get out of bed or even stand up straight. I have noticed also recently that I can feel it more and more in my left side , in which they said 6 years agao that it wasn't as bad as my right side.

thank you so much - let me know what you think .

 
Old 11-24-2003, 06:28 PM   #4
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Re: what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

Hello, Carol. Hello, Laura! Decided to piggy-back onto your post because "numbness and tingling" was how my situation started out.

Any feedback would be welcome - my worst fear? Being disabled and away from work "too" long while waiting on the WC system.

My company (the same one that Dilbert works for) implemented a computer program that required at least 5x the amount of data input vs. the former program. As per large companies, no ergonomic studies were done for those inputting and manipulating the data, and I'm one of those "data input/use Excel and create those reports" workers that ended up with fingers that don't work on neurological command anymore.

I note that a lot of people list their stories and progress at the bottom of their posts. I'll have to read up on my MRI studies. I do have stenosis, an impingement syndrome in my shoulders, and neurological damage showing on my MRI. Being the exceptional person that I am , I have stenosis in my neck and my back.

This is my second time off work on WC, and I know there's no going back until surgery is done. I have no reason to pretend over my pain, as I changed doctors and FOUGHT to go back to work after the first WC doctor took me off work. And yes, the first doctor was right --- I'm only getting worse.

I feel at a loss, in that my spinal and shoulder pain cause sleeping problems, so, it's harder to think and concentrate.

I do not want to lose my job, be unable to pay my rent, or face such an uncertain future.

I tried a search on the boards to find people who have been off work and returned, but, "every case is different." sigh.

I've had eight MRIs, three epidurals, and I take Vioxx (25mg) daily. Yes, I do have a WC attorney, and she does respond to my concerns. Beware of turning 40! That's when your body starts letting you know about wear and tear.

08/01/01 Fingers do not respond to brain command, neck, back,
shoulder, lower leg pain (stinging and throbbing)
10/2001 Removed from Work
07/2002 Changed doctors, returned to work
09/2003 Fingers, hands, wrists are numb, neck, shoulder, back pain,
removed from work

 
Old 11-24-2003, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

Laura, I would make an appointment with an ortho first...not an MD. He would only have to refer you. I know that some doctors require a referral from another doc before seeing you, but hopefully you can get in without having to go thru another doc and another bill. Once you tell the doctor your symptoms, he will most likely order an MRI. Not having insurance could be a big hangup. These days, that is the first question asked when you make an appt. You are just going to have to wing it and try to work your way around it. Having the cash up front for the office visit would be the best, if possible. If not, maybe having part of it would do. It is such a shame that $$$ is more important than health, but the doctors do have lots of expenses, too, I know. If this doesnt work, then go to your family dr. and ask to have an MRI. You should also go to social services and get signed up for health ins. through the state, even if that means quitting your job! Could your family help you out financially for a short time? Now, assuming that you get the appt. and given prescriptions for your pain, you should know that companies will often give you free meds if you qualify. I am sure you would. Ask your doctor about that....if he can't help, go to needymeds.com..you can also call the co. that makes the meds and talk to them directly. Always ask your doc for samples...thats why they have them there.
I sure hope this helps you. If you have more questions, just keep posting. I hope others jump in here with other suggestions to help you.
God bless.
Carol

 
Old 11-24-2003, 07:16 PM   #6
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Re: what's with the numbness and tingeling ?

Hi, Lucy. I guess I am not quite understanding you...are you still working? But you are on w/c? With your problems, I don't think sitting at a computer all day will help any. You should talk with your ortho or neuro about continuing to work; you do know that while under w/c you cannot be terminated? At least, that is my understanding.YOu might go online and check workmans comp laws for your state.
I am not sure exactly what you are asking me, so I hope you will post again.
Take care.
Carol
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