Many of you that know me or have read my posts on other threads know that I suffer from Panic Anxiety Disorder/Major Depression. I have dealt with it for 13 years now #:S . It is frustrating to say the least. Most of the time I am able to keep things on an even keel with just my meds. I know a lot of the "triggers" that set it off and I avoid them whenever possible.
I have had my share of counseling over the years. And I am not ashamed to admit that or the fact that at times I need help from a professional. When I went in for my psych eval for my trial SCS the psychiatrist recommended counseling for me at that time. He said the depression and anxiety issues that I have had in the past are exaserbated by the pain and other things associated with this accident. He also told me I had some anger issues to deal with - also associated with the accident.
For almost 28 months now I have been getting the run around from work comp. PM docs started recommending the spinal cord stimulator (SCS) 2 years ago. After 2 surgeries on my arm, 4 different times of PT, 10 stellate ganglion nerve blocks (which are very painful) and what seems like an endless supply of narcotics - work comp finally agreed to the stimulator. Of course the fact that we had taken them to court to get the second surgery approved may have helped in that decision when the surgery didnt work.
I had my trial for the SCS this past week and it worked wonderfully. I had about a 95% reduction in pain. So it was truly a great success. I have a lot of mixed emotions about the whole thing.......I am overjoyed at the fact that it worked - but at the same time I am so angry that I suffered 2 long years because work comp just didnt want to pay for the trial and permanent implant.
Now I still have a fight on my hands because they do not want to pay for my counseling. After speaking with my surgeon about it and seeing the letters he sent to them regarding the need for counseling - they still out and out lied to me. And they wonder why the psychiatrist says I have anger issues. :?
If it werent for my lawyer and the support of my mom and friends I would be completely at wits end.
Has anyone out there experienced these kinds of problems??? Surely I am not the only one.