Dear Dave, It is a good suggestion and one I did not think about. Will ask my attorney if this is a route which may work out.
Since everything is through self-insured workers compensation, I am at a loss how some of this works. No matter how many questions I ask, I seem to get a variety of answers depending on who is giving the info. This may be part of my frustration.
My husband is a master at getting to the bottom of things, but this is a battle I must fight on my own. Yesterday I tried to get a price difference on an item I purchased and ran into a brick wal. He could not believe how quickly I caved and was ready to return the item and not repurchase. In one phone call, all the while being polite, but firm, he got me a 150.00 credited to my original form of payment.
He thinks I too am sometimes trying to get things done, like when I have had home builders make a mistake right, but in this workers comp junk I feel constantly frustrated. When I was working, I had a strong reputation of being an advacate for my patients. I find it far harder to fight this system as a patient, than I ever found fighting an acute care hospital setting for my patients.
In my opinion corporations have far too many "rights" v the injured worker. I find patients going without appproprite care, frankly shameful.
I have already spent over 10 thousand dollars on medication and other things I have needed over the years. I may have to go back to opening up my handbag.
Also, my doc has mentioned a pain pump. I know this may better control my pain, be better for my liver and perhaps, easier to get the medication paid for...but, who knows?
Do you guys believe how dumb I am? Can't even remember to tick the right box.
Constantly frustrated with myself. I used to have a brain which functioned and now I have about zero concentration. Think 20% of the problem is the pain meds/neurontin and 80% is due to the wretched pain.View Thread
Sorry to hear this. Between the medical issues, financial issues, inability to work...I am sure the household feels the turmoil.
I hope once some of the issues get resolved, some of the stress will go away and it will get easier for all of you.
Last year the stress finally got to our household after decades of pulling together as a team. It was a shock to see my husband unhappy after the death of his father and it changed him for a bit. He is feeling better the last few months.
I hope this for your family. Sometimes the stress gets to the best of us. Today I was upset for a couple of hours and dumped my feelings on this site.
I was hoping since you were gone for a while that things were going smoothly and with the new pain pump the family issues settled down.
Hang in there. Sometimes if one stressor goes away, it is enough to make the family start to pull together once more.View Thread
I was wondering what you have been told concerning back pain post hysterectomy. My guess is post op, you may have had less core (abdominal) strength and perhaps injured your back at this time.
Back surgery causes anatomical and physiological changes to the nerves. Some people develop more scar tissue than others and this MAY be part of your problem with chronic pain. You did not state the severity of the other herniated discs in your back. These sometimes cause pain and sometimes this is not the site of the pain issue. This is the same for the degenerative disc disease.
The trial for a SCS is a possible option. You have been given three options, so you could try the non invasive and less invasive options before you make any decisions concerning surgery. Once you have surgery, it is a done deal.
Sorry Deb, Spoke incorrectly ONCE AGAIN! Funny, I have a chronic pain problem and my brain no longer functions correctly.
What I was wondering, do they have a registered dietician see you as part of the post op team? I thought if your bloodwork was reviewed by a dietician, they may have some dietary suggestions which may facilitate wound healing. It may not be a complete solution, but may help in your overall healing process.
After your extra info, the healing issues sound more mechanical and my suggestion is less applicable.
Sure wish things would turn in your favor. What a difficult Winter you have had...in my prayers.View Thread
The couple of times I have used my Medicare, I have had problems in my area getting a physician to take me as a patient. I know this is not a current problem for you, but telling you in case you ever move out of your area. When I received the bills, my portion I paid out of pocket for office visits and labwork was high. I basically have had to go without medical care for the last 10 years. Pay monthly for the healthcare ( husband insists), but would rather have the many thousands of dollars I have spent for the crappy insurance.View Thread