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JagjonesJJagjones Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello to all of you lovely human beings! I am so delighted that I am NOT alone. I only regret the fact that we all had to make one another's acquaintance out of pain and suffering.. but at least there has been an offering of light shed in the darkness that is spinal pain/injury/etc.
My name is Crystal and I am in fact a 2 yr. lumbar spine chronic pain sufferer, who suffered a workplace injury on September 21, 2010 which caused annular tears at L4-L5 and l5-S1 along with bulging of both discs ( one is almost bone on bone with little to no fld in between the vertebra). The guy had a condition which caused severe weakness of one half of his body, so out of frustration or whatever.. he used his good arm to grab my waist and back and use it to pull his about 220 lb body up, over, and nearly out of his bed! Needless to say, the injury severely worsened my condition which was what I suppose was some form of DDD and sciatica as well and caused the tears that I mentioned above, and of which I now require surgery to repair (L4-5 and L5-S1).
In addition to the injury (actually adding severe insult to the injury),I of course now am going thru a worker's comp case and am very frustrated and hurt by the way that I have been treated.. If only one of those adjusters could feel 1/4 of the pain that I experience on a daily basis, than I believe that their actions and words would be quite different! You know seriously though, I wouldn't wish this pain and life changing experience on my WORST enemy! 3 specialists say surgery.. I feel like if something doesn't happen that I may never be able to work as a nurse ever again.. and the adjusters say 'nothing is wrong.. exacerbation of old symptoms, send her back to work!" WHAATTTTT! I seriously pray for the foolishly cold souls of those who actually let those words be made solid on paper!
So.. as you all can see.. I NEED this site! :))
I believe that I now have found a source of solace and help from others here who know what I am going thru, the pain, the sorrow, the fear, the depressed moods at times, the pain.. I said pain twice on purpose... and you all have offered me hope. Likewise, I can now try not to focus on the reality that by the time that I am 40 that I may be crippled because of my spinal condition.
I am awaiting trial, the adjuster's are fighting me tooth and nail, and in a way I understand due to me having a pre-existing back condition, but it is not the same.. I did everything that I could to make sure that I was as healthy as possible, including losing nearly 60 lbs!
So there is a small chunk of my story.. so I hope now that you will not delete my account because this is the first time that I can honestly say that I have the chance to meet and develop relationships with others who truly understand what I am going thru and vice-versa.

Thanks ever so much.. Crystal

Thank you.



  • Hi Crystal,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around you will find many whom deal with lumbar issues and work comp as well. I myself can understand your frustrations with work comp as a work comp person myself. I do try to keep in mind, that the system is the way it is, as we all know someone who has tried to fool work comp, or many do. With that said it doesn't help your situation, hopefully you have legal counsel. The question is where you able to perform your job requirements fully with no help of any sort pre-injury. Also there is a thing that someone could have a prior injury was able to perform their job but the accident/injury is the prevailing factor in the need for medical care now, which would go in your favor. At the time of the injury where you under the care of a doctor for your back? If so that could effect the outcome? But if the injury was say a two years prior and you hadn't had any treatments during that time, then you should prevail under the injury was the prevailing factor in your cause for medical treatment now.

    What type of surgery are they suggesting for your back? Whom has paid for your treatments up till this point and time? Did work comp pay some and now you are under your private insurance? Also you might get help from your private carrier as they don't want to bear the burden of cost for something work comp should be paying for.

    Have you tried any conservative treatments thus far and gotten any relief from the pain? The one thing you know is we all understand pain. Hopefully you have some medications that are helping, and if so what are you taking.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Good luck with your hearing and let us know how it works out. Also you might want to check the insurance forum as their are others talking about work comp there.
  • Hi there,

    Sorry to hear about your work comp issues. It sounds so frustrating the way they are treating you and trying to use the get out clause of a pre-existing condition.

    Out of interest what surgery/treatments have you been offered?

    I suffer with pain due to the same problems with discs L4/5 and L5/S1 (although the latter has now been replaced).

    Good luck with the trial.
  • Welcome to spine health. Sorry for the trouble that you are going through with WC on top of the pain. I can totally relate. I too injured myself transfering a patient and have had nothing but grief from WC (denied)

    Wishing you all the best with your trial and your upcoming surgery ( I too am wondering what surgery)

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have come to a great place to make new friends and gather support.. spineys are a very friendly group! i am sorry you may be facing surgery. i hope you find some pain relief soon! good luck dealing with WC! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • just wanted to say hi and welcome to spine health from jolly old England
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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