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    Old 02-19-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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    Have CRPS & returning to work

    So I was involved in a work accident almost a year ago. Work comp would not allow me to see the specialist I was referred to until I hired an attorney so finally got to see specialist August 27, 2012. Diagnosed with crps. 3 nerve blocks later and a lot of meds and nothing has helped. Now since its a work comp case my doctor had to put me at maximum medical improvement and assigned me a disability rating of 30%. He then gave me work restrictions that he said my employer would not be able to accommodate Well I sent it to them & it looks like they're going to accommodate but I have issues & concerns about even trying it. Not only the crps issues (pain, depression, anxiety etc) but the side effects of the meds (feeling zoned out, confusion, memory issues etc). I don't think I can do it and honestly after the way they've treated me I don't want too. Has anyone else been through this and wgat did you do? Did it work out or not work out for you? Tanks & sorry to ramble but very confused right now on what to do ;(

     
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    Old 02-20-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    I JUST went through this! I went to my PM doctor and she told me that I could go back to work with restricted hours (work only 4 hours a day) and sedentary work only. I told her that I cant do it, that I cant sit for that long. She told me that she thinks I could do it for just the four hours. I literally started crying because I was afraid to go back because I knew how I felt. My work comp nurse case manager told me to let them know that they still want me to take narcotics while I am there and that they probably wont allow it thus making me not be able to work. Well, my work excepted the limitations...including me taking narcotics while I work..and I work in a doctors office!!! I went to work the first day and spent half the day crying because I was in pain...the second day just as bad. I called my doctor and told her how I was feeling and she put me back off work again. I forgot to mention, I also called my lawyer when I left the doctors office and he told me to go ahead and go back to work and do what they say, otherwise, it just looks like you dont WANT to work. I would suggest you play the work comp game, do what they say, and if you find that you cant do it, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor and tell them! I dont know how it works in your state but in Indiana, your work is only required to hold your job for 12 weeks...I was at week 7 when I went back to work. The good thing about going back those two days is the clock starts back to zero so I am now on week 2 instead of week 9! It actually kinda did me a favor. I go back to the doctor again tomorrow to see if she is going to continue to keep me off work. My guess is that I will be because I just saw the orthopedic last week and I cried again through most of the appointment because he had to keep touching my injured foot. The nurse case manager from work comp has been able to see what is going on and she has actually been speaking up for me! Have they assigned you a nurse case manager with work comp?

     
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    Old 02-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    Oh, I forgot to mention, when I got back to work, my boss, who I normally get along with great, acted like a real jerk. They didnt send me back to my job either. They had me sitting in an office by myself, the first day, all I did was write out the names, date of birth, and date of office visit for all five doctors for three days worth of patients. The second day, I did patient surveys. I am very much a people person and I dont do well with sitting somewhere by myself. My boss made the comment that she cant have me sitting up front doing nothing...even though there were suggestions made to make it easier for the front staff and I still wouldnt have to get up and down. It would have been my old job, just modified. I think the employers want to try to make you quit your job because if you do, you just totally screwed yourself because that keeps them from doing anything. My nurse case manager told me that if I cant do my job, they may have to put me on total disability and I will have to apply for disability with social security and that it will also end up in a pretty hefty settlement since it will take me out of work completely! Hang in there and just dont let them push you to quit your job!!! That is THEIR goal so that they wont have to pay out the nose!!!

     
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    Old 02-20-2013, 10:09 AM   #4
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    Thank you for the response. Well it must be different in Kentucky. There isn't a time limit of 12 weeks for work comp. I've only been able to work maybe 6 weeks if that since 3/6/12. My attorney said if I decide to go back & try it or just resign it won't effect anything to do with my case or benefits. I called social security & was told I had to be 100% disabled not just 30%. My attorney said that wasn't the case. It's so frustrating to hear different things from so many different people. Then today I followed up with my dr on my restrictions because I forgot to ask about driving, the side effects of my medicines (I'm not on pain meds) and the emotional & mental part of this disease. He ad his staff tell me that yes I could drive and to not operate any heavy machinery or anything with a foot pedal. What??? That's a car. Also restrictions for the meds and emotional & mental effects of ths should come from my pain mgt dr. So now I have to call them! It's so hard to note able to do anything plus be in pain 24/7 and deal with all the other stuff and top if it all no one is paying me. I had to sue for it. Ugh!!! This disease is a horrible horrible thing.

     
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    Old 02-20-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    That is crazy!!! So which doctor took you off work? My orthopedic took me off work and then he turned everything over to the PM doctor since he cant do surgery until this is under control. That is unreal what they told you with the car....do they really stop and think what they are saying!!! I would say your next move then would be to talk to your pain management doctor about staying off work and asking them what your prognosis is. If they say what we who suffer with this already know, that you are going to end up on disability, then ask them if it is possible if they put you on it completely! What really makes things hard for you as well right now is the stress! Stress can definitely aggravate the RSD!!! I'm really surprised that your lawyer says that it's ok if you quit. I would strongly suggest to google what your workman's comp laws are for Kentucky! That is how I found out about the rule for 12 weeks in Indiana. I injured my ankle in May of 2012. I was fortunate enough to have a mild case of RSD so I was able to work. I had a nerve block on December 17th and after it was done, I could barely walk. Other than the two four hour shifts that I worked, I have been off work ever since. I'm hoping when I go back in to the doctor tomorrow that she will continue to keep me out.

     
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    Old 02-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #6
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    Well my PM doctor says they don't make any decisions about work nits up to my orthopedic dr. Not sure why. So in the end I had to resign (they were bound and determined that they'd accommodate although I'm not sure how). The last straw was when they would not make a reasonable accommodation for the dress code.

     
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    Old 02-28-2013, 10:20 PM   #7
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

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    So I was involved in a work accident almost a year ago. Work comp would not allow me to see the specialist I was referred to until I hired an attorney so finally got to see specialist August 27, 2012. Diagnosed with crps. 3 nerve blocks later and a lot of meds and nothing has helped. Now since its a work comp case my doctor had to put me at maximum medical improvement and assigned me a disability rating of 30%. He then gave me work restrictions that he said my employer would not be able to accommodate Well I sent it to them & it looks like they're going to accommodate but I have issues & concerns about even trying it. Not only the crps issues (pain, depression, anxiety etc) but the side effects of the meds (feeling zoned out, confusion, memory issues etc). I don't think I can do it and honestly after the way they've treated me I don't want too. Has anyone else been through this and wgat did you do? Did it work out or not work out for you? Tanks & sorry to ramble but very confused right now on what to do ;(
    Hello jonathan. I too am a worker comp case, i was out of work for 8 months, then I opted to try going back to work(ITS ALL I KNOW) I started in light duty(HA) then went back to my actual job. I stuck in for a year until I hurt soooo bad My wife brought me back to the hospital. They pulled me from work, then my spine specialist sent disability papers to my employer, then the same week so did my orthopedic and pain management dr.
    Going back to work for me was a mistake as it made the RSD worse
    it is different for each of us, but you asked for personal experiences

     
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    Old 02-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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    After reading your story I know I made the right decision to not go back to work

     
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    Old 03-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #9
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    I can't believe there is such a huge difference in work comp, varying by state!!! That is unreal!!! If I were to quit my job, workmans comp is off the hook and don't have to pay ANYTHING!!!! I would lose my disability pay from them completely!!! It's sad, but I make more being off work right now than I do when I am working full time. I did go back to my doctor and she still has me off work. She just ordered four more weeks of physical therapy, then she is going to decide if I am at my maximum medical improvement. Since you have a lawyer, it should be easier and quicker to get Medicare disability. Did you talk to your doctor regarding this?

     
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    Old 03-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #10
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    No not yet. The PM dr wants to try electro stimulation and then that's when we'll discuss it. Yeah each state is different. I confirmed with my atty and he's the one that suggested I not return along with my ortho dr.

     
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    Old 03-02-2013, 04:30 PM   #11
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    hey guys. it really is upsetting to see how different the laws are. they should all be the same in favor of the injured. but such is life we live in right now.
    I was pulled out of work 2 times the second leaves me out of work perm. and my job wont let me go. that is thanks to the long term disability plan I had through them, Thank god for that. just remember when deciding in regards to work.. always choose whats best for you.

     
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    Old 03-02-2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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    I have learned that one Painman! I loved my boss but the way she was when I came back to work those two days, just tripped me out! It was like she was ticked off at me that my doctor sent me back to work! Hello!!! It wasn't my idea to come back to work!!! Bottom line is this, it doesn't matter how much you love you job, how great of a boss you may have, or how good an employee you are....they are looking for their way out! They don't want to have to pay you! It's great that you were able to leave you job without losing your work comp case!

     
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    Old 03-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #13
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    Amen!!! Couldn't have said it better myself my employer was great before I got hurt and boy do they change. I was harassed, intimidated, made out to be a liar etc etc. you know the drill. If I had went back it would have been pure hell and a hostile work environment.

     
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    Old 03-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #14
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    Re: Have CRPS & returning to work

    My husband has severe RSD due to a work accident and because he worked for a golf coarse but was driving a truck owned by another company..Stair gave way and he broke his knee... took 3 months of fighting to get workers comp to pay, by then damage was done.

    By all said and done... he was on 74 prescription drugs a day...years later he was in a scooter, bald, had Liver Failure, Kidney failure. weighed over 300 LBS ( he is now 165) Chemically sterile and incomprehensive.....

    Fast forward we got him off all yes... ALL drugs and put him on an organic diet...

    His weight went down, he now walks with a brace ( but better than a scooter) has lush blond hair ( he is 46) His kidney and Liver came back to full health and we had a baby Christmas Eve of 2010...

    While he is not pain free... he actually is always in pain, not only in his leg but it spread to his arms now...He is still much better than he was.... If he stayed the way he was going, he'd be dead already...

    Anyhow, I said all that to give you a little testimony and hope but also to say... They allowed him to work a few ( 20) hrs a week, but we realized it made his condition worse, and opted to keep him home and live on less income... He started a Sign biz from home ( like just this week got equipment) but think it is better then working a demanding job, even Part time.

     
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    Old 03-02-2013, 07:40 PM   #15
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    I am so glad he is better. I really need to lose some weight & quit smoking but with everything else I've last already it's very difficult to be motivated

     
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