I just wanted to vent and you guys are the only ones that will understand. I have decided to file on my long term disability thru my workplace. It's with UNUM (I hope it's okay to post the company name??) There's a 6 month waiting period and I've been out of work since June. I am a computer programmer and have had two ACDF surgeries and am still left with carpal tunnel, C6/7/T1 are still severely degenerated with bulging discs, and my lumbar discs are all bulging, not to mention that I still have a metal cage that is outside the disc space at L4/5. I still have shoulder and upper back pain. Riding in a car makes the next day unbearable and working at a computer for more than 30 mins starts spasms and pain level going up.
I'd asked my neurosurgeon to fill out the doctor's forms and they did put "no work" and everything (didn't mention my lingering problems only the two surgeries) but then they put "will be reevaluated at next appt. on 12/1" which will totally invalidate the LTD. UNUM will ask them to fill out new forms right after I send in my package. ARGH! Why do doctors do this?
Then, I asked my GP to fill out the forms for my severe OA, anemia, and chronic pain and they filled it out just about my neck and two surgeries too. On the physical limitations page, they said this would have to be filled out by the neurosurgeon. ARGH! It's like nobody wanted or cared to help me out with what I needed. And I paid $20 for them to do this!
I've also asked my ortho to fill out forms for my knees and OA, but I haven't received them yet. I had to pay $20 for them to fill out the forms too. They will probably have something totally stupid on them too and not be helpful to my case either.
At this point, I'm thinking I'm going to have to suffer all of this pain and go back to work. It's not like any of these doctor's offices are going to be paying for my LTD and I do have issues that are keeping me from working. It's like nobody cares or wants to help. To top off my frustrations, my manager called last week and said he was going to have make some decisions on my lead position since I'd missed so much work (like I was doing it on purpose!) and I do have my surgeon's letter saying that I'm not to return to work. It was like he was threatening me that I was about to lose my job.