Im very new to this forum, actually just found it last nite and certainly wish I had found it much sooner. I have been reading over many stories and certainly feel bad for those that have had hard luck and bad experience with the recovery process and am happy to read and see there are those out there also that have had great success with there surgery.
My story, ive delt with chronic pain in my lower back and neck for over 5+ years now, ive run the gauntlet of just about every option out there, like many of you, and ive always shyed away from the thought of surgery for many reasons, but im at a crossroads really. I was injured on my job, involved in a motor-vehicle accident and the recovery process has been hard dealing with comp period, as many here may know or not themselves.
Recently ive had to dump lawyers and doctors that didnt listen and finally found ones that are this past year and have been in a few times now for new MRI's and CAT scans to reinforce my old ones from 5 yrs ago, but now of course im getting worse, but no new injuries. My new doctor has suggested surgery, first time in 5yrs anyone has, and he wants to do replacement and fusion, but the hurdle im facing is getting that passed by comp, and they have really put up alot of roadblocks for past meds, and treatment, and looking up the cost of this surgery and recovery alone it pains me to think this will now be declined, ive also seen major insurance companies have turned these types of surgeries down 2. Im actually close to retirement, so im not even sure if that would play a role in comps decission making.
If anyone has any input on there experience with dealing with compensation and the such id like to hear, and sorry to have made this such a long first post.