Hi people, I'm new here but not new to back pain. I have a total of 6 herniation's . L5 S1 , and 5 in a row in the thorasic area . I hurt my back 4 years ago at work lifting heavy objects, It was covered under workmans comp and still is. I stayed working ( not lifting anything ) over the 4 years and i just cant go on anymore, the pain is out of this world. I dont want any type of surgery or injections as i hear WAY to many stories of being worse off, and i am just to afraid. Is there anyone on here to give any advise as to what i will go through to collect workmans comp? I dont want them to force me to have something done to me that i dont want. I stayed at my job as long as i could for the benefits for my family, and i understand i will not have any on workmans comp. I sure hope i dont have a hard time trying to collect comp benefits. Please state your experiences, and any advise you can give thank you, (sorry if this doesnt belong here)
Hello INPAIN 24/7. I wish you luck with your back and with WC. I have been fighting WC for 18 months now. I got hurt at work lifting also. They have denied treatment and I went from having 2 herniated discs in my neck to having 4 because they wouldn't approve the surgery.I also have 1 disc in my back but the neck is the worst. I had to go thru my personal insurance to get treatment. They haven't paid me in almost a year. Tomorrow I go in to have surgery on4 levels in my neck with my personal insurance paying every thing.If I would have known how much BS I was going to get from WC I would have just said I was sick and had it done on my personal insurance 18 months ago. Back when I only had 2 discs impinging on my spinal cord now I have 4. and I have the 1 in my back to worry about later. It should be illegal what WC does. I really wish you the best of luck and I hope your family doesn't have to go thru the horrors if the system. I live in Florida maybe thats why I am having the problems. I hope your back feels better soon. and welcome to the board
Thank you inpain24/7. WC is dening my treatment because I had neck problems in the past and they are saying it is related to my pre existing neck problem even though I could work 10 a day and walk or ride my bike home from work 2 miles. They have played their games long enough. I told my lawyer that they can fight it out later i'm not going to have permanant nerve damage because they want to play their games. They have tried to starve me out and if not for my very wonderful parents of my fiancee we would be homeless. I have gone 2 christmas' without being able to get my kids anything and life really stinks but as of tomorrow I will be on my way to getting better and hopefuly I can get back to work before next christmas so I can get my kids something. I'm having foraminotomies and disectomies on C3 thru C7 I will be in the hospital for 3 days and the insurance company is going to send a nurse to my house for 2 weeks to make sure i'm ok home alone during the day while my fiancee works. I don't think i will be on for awhile but as soon as I can I will let everyone know how the surgery went. Thanks again
Hi, I'm really sorry to hear about your terrible situation and then it having to deal with WC on tp of it.
I fought them as long as I could and finalyy lost my case as I just ran out of money and the energy to fight any longer.
T-spine problems are the worse I know I have them along with both other levels.
I'm sure you T-spine is the hardest and most dangerous to treat and not to be taken lightly, you also can't find many drs that threat the T-spine and the ones that don't really blow you off.
My advice to you is to get a really good dr that specializes in the thoracic spine and get them on your side, they will know that with that many problems with your T-spine most any work would be impossible.
I'm sure you know that the WC drs don't have a clus as to what all is involed with this type of injury and the other thing I have to say is make sure you have a very good WC lawyer as you will need one.
Best of luck to you and your family.
Hi Inpain- Welcome to our group. I'm sorry to hear that your problems are in your t-spine. I had a roll over accident 13 months ago and the pain is unbelievable.
I have been dealing with wc and if I knew back then what I know now I would have done things differently. I do have a very good attorney that helps me a lot. If I were you that would be the first person to talk to. It seems like every states wc laws are a little different so you want to be sure to find out what yours are. Make sure you get copies of all your medical records as you go along. Someone on this board mentioned once that before you go to a drs appt. you should make a list of all your problems and give it to the nurse to add to your chart. I didn't do that and I have a lot of complaints that never even made it into my medical records. It is causing problems.
I was told in the beginning of my treatment that if I refused to have any treatments done that were recommended to me that I could lose my wc benefits. When you don't have health insurance that is a very serious threat. Make sure that you fully discuss your options over with your spine specialist. Always remember that the so called wc "nurse" does not have your best interest in mind. She works for a company and that is who she will try to protect. Don't let her in your examining room. She can talk to you or the dr afterwards. She may interpret your questions wrong. You want to work all that out privately with your dr.