I just recieved a copy from worker's comp Dr. he said in his report that I have not fused and said he would not recommend anymore surgery . Only to treat the pain with the stimulator or the Morphine pump . He also stated that I would only be able to work sedantary work , being able to sit with special seating . He states that I'm at maximum medical improvement .
I have no idea why my surgeon keep's telling me I'm fused . He did this last year and wanted to take out the hardware doing so found out I wasnt fused and this worker's comp Dr. told me that before my surgery last year !
Who to believe ? This just suck's for me because my surgeon wanted to take out my hardware and fix that problem below my fusion and now he won't be allowed to do the surgery cause this other doc said no more . This mean's comp will give me a ruff time if I ever have problems with my hardware . ( break apart) I figured something was wrong cause I still have major back pain , on top of leg/ feet pain . I wonder what rating my injury is ?
This Dr. say's I can
Sit for 8 hour's
stand for 8 hour's ? ( All with special seating )
Drive for 1 hour
Lift and carry--11-25 lbs
When he means stand and walk it is for on and off not constant 8 hours. No way could I stand that long. My attorney want's me to settle , I just want to be painless !
How was your trip ? Hope thing's were ok.
I get the trial stim tomorrow . I'm a little scared but I been through worse.
On June 9th is my daughers wedding ,straight to Ocean City MaryLand. Were staying on the boardwalk . I sit and watch the Dolphins and people walking around while I'm sitting in the rocker on the porch ,been there a few times . It's relaxing.
I will have life time Medical on my spine if I don't settle it , but I'm sure my company won't settle on loss wages alone , they ask for a complete settlement already . I ask for 2 years and a boatload of money. I have insurance through my wife thank the Lord .
I'm tired of these Dr.'s telling me different DX. I'm starting to think my surgeon is knife happy ? My back has been hurting ever since my first surgery ,but the Leg / and feet and now the knee is worse. My surgeon say's there is something wrong with my S1 and a bulge above my fusion but now he can't operate because of what the comp Dr. said in his report.
The trip back was a nightmare. I made it and was ok. Surprised myself. I was real tired last night and now have a cold. I woke up early this morning in alot of pain but feel better now as the meds have kicked in. Felt good to be home in my own bed.
My asst mgr will be ok I hope. I called her last night and she said she will be able to open the store in the morning. I find that I don't have as much symphaty as I used to. I endure lots of pain every day and keep pushing on. I just hope she did not tear her rotor cuff or something. But i am sure she will have to go back and get an MRI.
I hope tomorrow goes well for you and that the stim helps you with pain. You are lucky that your wife is able to work and that you have insurance thru her. When My hubby got sick I thanked God every day I could work and support us and had a good paying job with benefits. Now I think oh what happens if I can't go on.
Good luck and keep us posted. I will be thinking of you.
Shawley -- something sounds very fishy to me with this entire ordeal. Why would you settle? You are in terrible pain.......you have a doctor who says you need surgery..........comp is telling you no surgery.............they are saying you can work and sit for 8 hours (You have a back problem? 8 hours is a looooooooooong time). I think this comp doctor was only looking out for your employer (which is his job) and does not have your best interests in heart. You may have to go to court to fight for your rights.
Clover--I could not imagine her not working , we purchased our home in 2001 and a truck for hauling stuff then in 2003 I got hurt and we didn't purchase any disability insurance on anything I never thought I would ever miss work because of an injury , I'm a tuff guy ! Atleast I thought I was . I really hope you can work for a long time , I feel for your hubby. There been plenty of times I felt worthless cause I couldn't do much and my wife has her hands full with work /college and taken care of me and our 16 yr old. She said it's like raising 2 kid's ???
My wife is a good person , she will make a wonderful nurse someday.
Pepper --Yes I'm in terrible pain if I walk or do much of anything , but what is really going to help me ? I'm almost at the point where I'm going to believe this is life deal with it . Were going so far in dept thank's to comp deducting our pay $150.00 a month because they were over paying me. A little late ,3 years later they tell me I'm being over payed. Great cause we base our bill's on our paychecks .
Anyway what the comp Dr was saying is I need to be changing posistions from standing sitting walking , not all 8 hours doing one thing and that I need a recliner to take a break in. The comp Dr. actually did stick up for me , he just believes surgery wouldn't help me but my surgeon think's different.
I can't take comp to court here in PA. unless a settlement is agree'd on. I don't know what to do ??
And what will you be dancing to as the first dance the bride dances with her dad? That is such a special dance.
You know that we are all pulling for you. I have that 500 yd extension cord ready to go. Carol said that she was going to get another one to add to it so you could stretch really far out. I don't thing the ATV will work very well with it though! BTW what color cord did you want? were they suppose to be color coordinated? The stim was electric, wasn't it? does it come with extra accesories like cattle prods?
seriously dan, you're in my prayers....we're holding you safe tomorow. all will go well because we are keeping you safe and secure.
I don't know what song yet ! Should I ? Were not having a reception ,were going out on the town after the wedding . It's a very small wedding only mom's and pops and grandparents . No friends , but were planning a party this summer for them here at home. My daughter just got a job today , she is making $28.50 an hour ! My goodness and I was only making $15.70 an hour just because she has her master in sycoligy.
Tomorrow is the day for the stim , I have to be there at 7:50am so no coffee for me . Thank's for making me laugh , your one crazy woman .
Pepper I spoke to my attorney today about that Dr. saying no more surgery , my attorney said don't worry about it ,that it's ok for my surgeon to follow up with the fusion , maybe a revision now ? Defenatly look at it and make sure everything is ok and remove my hardware if it's fused ?
I just thought that since that worker's comp Dr said no more surgery would benefit me that they would turn it down when time to pay , I don't want stuck with a huge bill . But my lawyer said if my surgeon say's I need it do it and not worry about everything . Kool huh ?
Everything is good again . Wish me luck tomorrow .
The pain and ache from losing a child is a difficult one and one that will take a long time to recover from if they ever do. We are all trying to be there as much as possible for them spirtually and physically.
How is your friends family? Ive been thinking of you all alot, as I have the kids every day and firsthand deal with their pain and loss. Its so sad, and I think the best thing that has been of some comfort is for them is to celebrate the amount of time they DID have. Celebrate the birthdays, ect everything. We did balloons for their birthdays, and wrote a message, attached it to the balloon and filled them with helium and went out to a beautiful spot all alone with the kids and dad, and had prayer and let them go. It was very special. Mothers day was the anniversary of their memorial service, and they didnt recover the bodies, and it was my and hubbys anniversary and my small sons birthday, and the boy was his first ever very best friend and first loss as well,. so that weekend for US, let alone them, will always be difficult. It will be so hard I cant even begin to tell you, but remember God doesnt give any of us more than we can handle. I know it sounds harsh, but it is true....Please give them our warmest regards...I hope you dont mind me coming over here to your board to share...
Shawley, That's what I am now worried about. The W/C doctor says one thing and my doctor says another. If they put in the stimulator, can you still have add't surgeries? In California, they either use a mediator or a court hearing to determine, if both parties can't agree. Good Luck tomorrow
IZZY'SMOM please chime in anytime. The more we talk about these things and share our experiences I think we can learn from each other and learn to cope with life. I love the idea of the balloons. I think, my children and I might release some up to him tomorrow to let him know that we love and miss him.
Shawley, as far as your left foot not hurting that is great. You know I have quit trying to figure out the pain from the nerves. They are very confusing and jumpy.
Please don't take this the wrong way but instead of being a "Yesman" I want to play the devil's advocate. In our state, just because someone may have a back that is, let's say not perfect, they can still be hired and the employer held accountable in case of a back injury. Where it get's sticky is how much is due to the injury and how much to degenerative changes or arthritis, both of which can easily be recognized on an x-ray. You have got to figure the insurance company has access to your x-rays.
If your WC Dr. is truthful, ask him point blank which is which. It might even pay to get a second opinion from a unbiased Dr you pay to look over your medical records, and an unbiased lawyer that you pay for to get a second opinion there as well. What you seem to need is to get away from the people that can make money off your case and see someone who can give you an honest appraisal, medical and legal.