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    Default Chronic Back Pain Due to Work Injury

    My husband was injured at work. He has been to the doctor and is now in physical therapy and nothing is easing the pain. His doctor says that the MRI and CT don't show anything wrong however the therapist could not believe that he has such poor range of motion but yet they can't find anything wrong. He had lower back surgery several years ago for a ruptured disc and states that the pain he is feeling now is the same. His leg becomes numb and he's been tripping. He's in constant pain and feels like nobody is listening to him and doesn't know where to turn. I was tempted to take him to the emergency room just to see if they could give him something to ease the pain. He wants to work, he wants to play with his children and is tired of telling them "No, I can't". He has requested a second opinion and his back Dr. gets angry. One month he was told it was arthritis, the last visit he had he was told it was degenerative disk. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what rights he has? He doesn't want to go against the system but it's not doing anything for him. He's miserable and there's nothing I can do to help.

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    Default Re: Chronic Back Pain Due to Work Injury

    have him contact the carrier to arrange a consult. a doctor that gets angry when a second opinion is requested is not one that puts the patient first or trusts their own judgement.

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    Default Re: Chronic Back Pain Due to Work Injury

    2 years of lower back pain no releaf doc says it is due to scar tissue around the nerve no chance of a recovery have to live with it. I simithise with you because i am in same boat with my kids and and no work. i only pray it gets better. good luck to you and your husband and keep your heads up..

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    Default Re: Chronic Back Pain Due to Work Injury

    Smiley,
    Sorry to hear about your husband. I too suffered from ruptured discs, L4-5;L5-S1. I haven't had surgery yet, but I trip all the time. My right leg goes numb and if I'm not careful, down I go.
    I went to ER early on in my injury and they didn't want to touch me because it was a wc claim. They gave me a percocet and sent me home.
    Do as SH suggested to get the ball rolling.

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    Listen take what those Dr.'s say with a grain of salt.That Dr. works for the IC first and he doesn't care at all about your husbands health,they pay him not to and even threaten not to send him any more business unless he tells you what they want him to.My best advice is if you haven't already seen an attorney talk to one.I was told the same thing(degenerative disk,arthritiseand so on)I kept pushing it until I got a second opinion and low and behold when I got that second opinion the outcome was sergury.They'll tell you anything to try to get rid of you hopping to get rid of you.It's irrelavent whether your husband had a previous injury or not,if it was reinjured on the job they are still liable.And therefore it is still a WC injury.If I hadn't had an attorney I wouldn't have even been seen by a neurosergion at all nor would I have even had the chance to.Let me give you some advice the Dr. cannot refuse a second oppinion but the Dr. he sends you to may say the same thing because the IC knows how to play the game so you need someone on your side that knows how to play with them and thats only an attorney.You want to scare the Dr. into giving that second oppinion go into the room(as a witness)when the Dr. examines your husband and you can even record the examination.That will scare him silly.He will be more than glad to give a second oppinion.Some of these Dr.'s verge on being unethecal and in some cases they even cross that line as much as possable when dealing with WC cases and the IC's.Seek legal councel before it is too late and your husband has to live with this the rest of his life.Don't be fooled the system if they haven't done anything but lie and the Dr.'s do exactly what the IC's tell them to so the system(IC) is exactly who is agianst you so what do you do remain in pain if you don't go agianst a system that is agianst you then your husband and children will be the ones hurt and yourself of course.The system is set up so that when the IC refuses care then you have the option of seeking legal councel to force them to care for you properly.

    HL.....
    Last edited by hl2164; 07-30-2008 at 04:53 AM. Reason: add

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    07-30-2008, 07:44 AMhl2164
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    Listen take what those Dr.'s say with a grain of salt.That Dr. works for the IC first and he doesn't care at all about your husbands health,they pay him not to and even threaten not to send him any more business unless he tells you what they want him to.My best advice is if you haven't already seen an attorney talk to one.I was told the same thing(degenerative disk,arthritiseand so on)I kept pushing it until I got a second opinion and low and behold when I got that second opinion the outcome was sergury.They'll tell you anything to try to get rid of you hopping to get rid of you.It's irrelavent whether your husband had a previous injury or not,if it was reinjured on the job they are still liable.And therefore it is still a WC injury.If I hadn't had an attorney I wouldn't have even been seen by a neurosergion at all nor would I have even had the chance to.Let me give you some advice the Dr. cannot refuse a second oppinion but the Dr. he sends you to may say the same thing because the IC knows how to play the game so you need someone on your side that knows how to play with them and thats only an attorney.You want to scare the Dr. into giving that second oppinion go into the room(as a witness)when the Dr. examines your husband and you can even record the examination.That will scare him silly.He will be more than glad to give a second oppinion.Some of these Dr.'s verge on being unethecal and in some cases they even cross that line as much as possable when dealing with WC cases and the IC's.Seek legal councel before it is too late and your husband has to live with this the rest of his life.Don't be fooled the system if they haven't done anything but lie and the Dr.'s do exactly what the IC's tell them to so the system(IC) is exactly who is agianst you so what do you do remain in pain if you don't go agianst a system that is agianst you then your husband and children will be the ones hurt and yourself of course.The system is set up so that when the IC refuses care then you have the option of seeking legal councel to force them to care for you properly.

    HL.....

    As a chef that has been injured at work, this has been very helpful and inspiring. I'd been out of work for a little over 3 months, went back for 4 days, at 4 hours/day, and by the end of the 4th day, I felt like I was back at square one with my recovery. The pain that was localized in the lower left side of my back has now radiated up to my neck and down my whole left side. The company I work for is self insured, and they only approved about half of the physical therapy visits that were ordered by the Drs. I was a 28 year old healthy budding chef on my way to the top... Now I'm afraid my career is ruined because of a simple fall at work. I have asked repeatedly to see a back specialist and have not even gotten return phone calls. My MRI came back normal 2 months ago, but I am getting worse, not better. I finally made an appointment with a workers' comp attorney for tomorrow, I'm just hoping that i have a case. I've been put through a lot of extreme pain and suffering, and now depression because I don't know who to turn to and I just want to be like my old self again.

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