I'm completely on my own for treatment options now because the worker's comp insurance company terminated my benefits in November, 2003, after they received a second opinion report that there is NO damage to my eyes, so this problem of mine must be "mental". As there is no medical evidence of injury, they officially reported that I am unable to work for a noncompensable injury. Since the IME also reported no evidence of injury, my lawyer felt there would be no advantage to appealing the decision because we have nothing factual (other than visual acuity tests) to base my claim on. He did not charge me a dime, by the way, and said he would continue to fight this for me if I wanted him to - again, receiving nothing if I lost - but he didn't feel any judge would overturn the opinions of 3 doctors saying there is no injury to my eyes. Maybe this chiropractic finding is a good thing?? If I respond to the treatments and my vision does improve, that's a good thing, whether or not I can open up my workman's comp case and sue for payment. I have been checking out some threads on the spinal disorders forum and a reader had me do a "chiropractor" search - all with mixed reviews. It seems to work for some and not for others. I'm excited this option may work for me but all apprehensive that something could go wrong. I think I will try it for a couple more "adjustments" and see what happens.
Are you aware of the amount of time you have to appeal? Once you pass that appeal time, you won't be able to take further action on your case. So make sure you do this all within that time allotted and contact your attorney to let him know what you're doing and get his opinion. Keep him in the loop because he is the one who can help you and vice a versa. I certainly understand your position and wanting to try this. Good luck!
Maybe you'll get more responses from others who have tried this method.
I just wanted to update my post and let you all know what's happening with me. I have now seen the chiropractor for three "adjustments" on my neck and after the 3rd one, there has definitely been some improvement in my vision. I return next week for 2 more visits. I did notify the attorney I had when my worker's comp case was active (sent the letter Sunday) and I have not heard anything from him. I have another letter all ready to mail to him tomorrow telling him I am noticing some progress with my vision. The chiropractor spoke with me at length about the type of injury I have and he told me that in his opinion I did NOT receive the best medical care that I could have for the type of injury I had. He said at minimum an MRI of my neck should have been performed. As I stated earlier, the only films taken were plain films of my tailbone and a CT of my brain and a couple of weeks later an MRI of my brain. I am going to fight to get my W/C case re-opened since I AM responding to the chiropractic adjustments and because I may not have received the best medical care available to me. At present, though, I am extremely happy that there has been some improvement in my vision. My W/C case was originally closed in March, 2004, so I have plenty of time to ask for it to be re-opened. I will keep you informed of my progress.
Hi there CAsunflower! No, the chiro did not bring up lordosis at all. He DID take a complete set of spinal films on me including cervical films. From what I could tell when looking at his current films and some films I have back from 1998, there is no abnormal curvature. When he was looking at my films he took on my first visit, he asked how old I was and when I told him 52, he said I have a very nice looking spine for my age. Glad to hear that! At this point he is not going to order an MRI of my neck, but I will push to get one done if I can get my W/C case re-opened, if nothing more than for comparison with the 1998 MRI. I am so happy with the little bit of improvement I see with my vision and praying with all my might it's not just another level I might plateau at for several months. I'll post again when I have news, but for now I am for joy!!
Interestingly, there is a medical book called Clinical Nursing by June M. Thompson, Gertrude K. McFarland, ,Jane E. Hirsch, Susan M. Tucker, Arden C. Bowens that indicates head injury by contrecoup and the example is a fall on the buttocks!
That's all it says. It does not go into any further explanation than just that statement.
Glad to hear that your spine is in good shape! Hope that it stays that way and you do get mended completely. Health is much better with regards to worth than anything else in the world!
Here's to complete recovery and staying well!
Last edited by californiasunflower; 05-30-2004 at 02:42 PM.
Thank you for your input on that nursing book. May come in handy if I have to fight anyone on my treatment. I received a letter from my W/C lawyer in the mail Saturday and he said the only way he would consider re-opening my case is if I obtain a report from a specialist stating my vision problems are causally related to my accident at work. I will ask for one from my chiropractor and see what happens. I hope a chiropractor is considered a specialist??? By the way, I walked down a flight of stairs earlier today facing forward with one hand on the railing and the other at my side. That is the first time in over 15 months that I have not come down the stairs either backwards or sideways, one step at a time, holding onto the railings or walls for dear life! I have noticed a big improvement in my depth perception. I can distinguish where the steps start and end and where the curbs are. That is such a relief for me!
Hello Californiasunflower - I hope you're still around. I've been away for the last three weeks visiting my sister in Michigan and then my niece in Pittsburgh and I haven't made it to a computer in awhile to report on my progress with my vision. I am so very happy to tell you that I'm noticing several changes and improvements. The last thing I mentioned was the improvement in my depth perception in May. I noticed on the car ride to Michigan (4+ hours) and then on to Pittsburgh (6+ hours) that I no longer felt nauseous and dizzy while riding in the car. That was another big problem for me along with the stairsteps and curbs. Also, I attempted to put a puzzle together at my sister's house and I was able to do it! My last attempt had been at the end of March and I gave up in despair because I just couldn't see the edges and colors well enough to assemble the pieces. The very best part of my improvement came on the 22nd of June when I was outside in Pittsburgh trying to watch a water fountain that sprayed water in synchronization to music. The sun was shining so brightly on the water that I had to put on my prescription sunglasses just to be able to look at the fountain and I noticed that my vision with the sunglasses on was greatly improved - clearer than it has been in 16 months!! I do not get the same effect with my regular prescription glasses, but my vision was somewhat better, so I'm hoping it's just a matter of time now when the blurriness clears up completely and my vision is back to normal. I have 2 more appointments with the chiropractor next week (after a break of these past 3 weeks) and I am just hoping and praying for continued improvement. I hope all is well with you, CA sunflower!
Hi! I too have been off! So glad to find your news! It sounds as though you are still photophobic with the bright sunlight reflecting on the water but with the sunglasses, you were able to view the water show! You may always need to wear sunglasses and, it is probably a good idea to have them on any time you are outside to protect your eyes from the sun's brightness and rays!
Working your brain and eyes together is going to also help you get back to recovery. I'm glad to hear that you were able to relax with your family and participate in doing the puzzle. That is a great idea!
You have a great attitude and I'm sure that you'll have your vision back to normal. It appears as though you are on the side of recovering! And that's good news!
So glad you were able to endure the long trip to your family's.
Californiasunflower, are you still around? I wanted to tell you that after a little over three months of chiropractic adjustments on my neck, my vision has returned to normal! I have been driving for about 2 weeks now and hope to find a job soon so I can be a productive human being again!! I know you were skeptical at first about my seeking the help of a chiropractor, but I thank you tremendously for your support and concern! My optometrist thinks we had a "miracle" (maybe he shares the same opinion of chiropractors as lawyers and insurance companies since my workman's comp lawyer would not accept a report from my chiropractor because chiropractors are not viewed as a "specialist" where an insurance company is concerned). Whatever it was that happened to me, I thank God and all those that prayed for my recovery and I'm just one happy, thankful person right now. I hope all is well with you and may God bless you for being a caring person.
Your healthboard buddy,