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  1. #1
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    Default Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    I am posting for my fiance who injured herself over six months ago. Would like some questions answered if possible and what is the general time frame for wc to approve a disectomy.

    Our first Dr. was arehab specialist who had the balls to tell me that after he took her pulse and blood pressure that they were to low for her to be in any pain. Maybe he forgot all the painkillers he had prescribed to her? He then drug tested her and then released her for work after a neurosurgeon said he did not want to do surgery because of her being young.

    We are currently still in over are heads with wc and seem to be getting the run around from everybody...Any help-full tips would be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    hello, sorry about your trouble's. you are in for a bumpy road, but you can get thru it. unfortunetly, atleast half of the doctors out there arn't worth a crap. finding a good one is key. you might have to search, but meanwhile, I can give you some help. demand, not request, demand an M.R.I. this is a test that will take pictures of the disc's in her back. this should show anything that is out of place. any dr that say's that they can tell you anything about her back before seeing an M.R.I is full of it. that is the first step. I just finished my third surgery on my lower back. I am only 25 and was injured at 22. over the last three year's I have had three surgeries, and a few crappy dr's along the way. I know a little about how to deal with them. you can message me personally if you want. any time, day or night. I know how the night's are. look forward to helping however I can. thanx

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    It would be difficult to answer the questions you pose with out know the fact surrounding the situation as it stands.

    Go to the FL WC web site http://www.fldfs.com/wc/info.html and read about what benefits you/she is entitled to and how the system works.

    I would probably be a good idea to consult with a few attorneys who specialize in WC..

    After you've read through the system provisions..the come back with your questions..the answers there should help you form your own questions..

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    oh, and My discectomy was approved in about 30 day's. wc generally like's to do them, cause sometime's they avoid a fusion. unfortunetly it is not alway's successful, and when it is, it is usually just temporary. if wc wants to review you, it can take a while. my second surgery took seven months to get approved, and they said that was fast. sorry

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    Meridith,
    Welcome to the forum. The doctor's comment is pretty usual, as the IC is paying their fees. As others have stated, get a WC certified attorney. Do not try and travel this road alone. The roadblocks are many, and when it comes to your health, you have to CYA.
    Getting the injured worker back to work pronto is also very common. The sad fact of the matter is that your girlfriend is now a liability and just a number, no matter how long or distinguished of a career she may have had. This system is brutal.
    Educate yourself about Florida law, statute 440 is the WC code. (Look up www.flsenate.gov). If you are not represented, do so pronto. It won't cost you anything up front and consultations are free.
    Good luck .... Hope you are not flooded out from Fay ....

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    Also, it took me three months to get a neuro appt., and after 2 1/2 years, I have not been OKed for surgery. The process is a long and tedious one.

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    meridith,

    Just wanted to make the comment that you hit the nail on the head with the comment about her blood pressure being to low and cant be in pain! I know because I would go to a dr. one day and it would be 190/115 then the next it would drop to 88/60, it was a good thing I was seeing a dr who knew his stuff, and was aware that the pain meds would bring it down drastically. We have all heard the age thing "you are to young to have a spine that looks like you are 60! The first neurosurgeon I did get to see took me 1 year to get an appointment to see and after I saw him I was totally disappointed. Alls he wanted me to do was get enrolled in a pain management program, then after I completed the program if there was still a problem I could come back and see him! I dont think so. I did do the PM program but the PM dr referred me to other surgeons because he felt it wasnt just a matter of my dealing with the pain, that I did need surgical intervention. But like your fiance I was to young to have these type of problems! So you will need to find the doctors like I did that belive in her and are willing to keep fighting on her behalf so she can get the treatment she needs.

    She will get discourgaged and you will to! Please keep this in mind. You cant fix her. You came here so I believe you love her and the future may become very difficult not just for her but also for you, just remember she is the one who was injured but you are also losing things too! Neither one of you will ever be compensated for what you have lost and none of us will ever be able to regain the years, this has forever changed us. Try and be supportive and understanding but give some space when it may be needed. We are here for you as well as for her!

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    Thanx so far everyone for the feedback. Here are a few more things to add that we have done that I had not entered into the origional post.

    Origionally my fiance had an mri, which led to physical therapy for two months. Then saw an orthopedic surgeon at which he sent her to pain management. It was this pain management doctor who made the comments regarding her blood pressure and released her back to work after two epideral nerve blocks without any improvement what so-ever.

    That is how we ended up to see our first neurosurgeon who said she was to young for surgery, even though he seemed very honest when he told us he could easily get a check from workers comp for surgery but he felt it would be unwise to risk at the time.

    So now my fiance is seeing a physiatrist who started her again on physical therapy and had to stop after two weeks due to her pain which led her office to send my fiance to the emergency room, which did nothing for her as well.

    We've just visited a second surgeon who says that you require a steroid injection into her joint in her back...

    After nine months now this is where we are and yes it seems to be a long road. We do have an attorney but he is advising us that if the surgeon will not do surgery that she is SOL? Is this true? I don't personally like the attorney but am not sure where to turn, yet i am no lawyer myself so will accept him for now. Just wish it would seem like he could do more for us even though I know it's a slow process

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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    So sorry you guys are going through what many if us have been for so long!

    2005 Injury went to emergency room (they actually put my arm in a sling) Dah It ended up its my neck but it took them 6 visits to figure it out and do an X-ray. Had EMG 6-7 weeks later. Has your Fiance' had one yet? Very important when your talking about nerve damage! Then had MRI after about 3 months. Went through 2nd round of PT didnt help! Got to see 1st surgeon total quack! PT again then yeah did maso therapy now that was fun! Didnt do much. Sent me to see Ortho surgeon said same thing as your surgeon did too young! Now I am at 1 year and have had 2 IME and both ruled in my favor. In florida you dont have to worry about those! Lucky you!!! Now I am on almost 4 years and have had surgery (disectomy W/fusion) going to have another MRI finally approved and awaiting scheduling) So I have had 6 MRI's of the spine since the accident many x-rays a mylo-gram cat-scan, injections, physical therepy aqua therapy, maso therapy, tens unit , alpha stimulator, EMG's, have seen many neuro and ortho surgeons, neurologists, painmanagement program, psychologist, psychiatrist, and many others.

    Most doctors are going to try all the conservative treatments first! right now this probably seems like a bad thing because of the time and pain she is in, but to them they want to do everything and anything possible to prevent surgery in part because of the age but also because once it is done there is no turning back!

    The only down side to this is what it has done to me! Because of the long time delay I have alot of permanent nerve damage but whos to say it wouldnt of been there if they would of done the surgery day 1? The same thing goes about this surgeon though if you think about it would you really of felt confident with him doing the surgery on the woman you love?

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Herniated Disc Possible Pinched Nerve

    Meredith,
    The reason your attorney has told you about surgery and SOL is because the value of the claim (a good part of it) is based on FUTURE medical needs. Also, you can change attorneys and it won't cost you any more. I will warn you now, if its one of the law firms who advertise on TV, get rid of them ASAP. The only thing they want is a quick settlement, which puts money in their pocket and leaves you without medical care.
    I haven't had any luck with the nerve blocks or trigger point injections. They work for some, and not so good for others.
    Back injuries are very complicated, so you guys have to make sure and CYA where the health care (both now and in the future) is concerned.
    I'm sorry to tell you, but even the word "slow" doesn't adequately describe the WC process. She has to be patient and educate yourselves regarding the system. That is your best offense ... knowledge.

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