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Failed Back Surgery

hurtbacksince09hhurtbacksince09 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Chronic Pain
I had a back injury on my job in 2009. I have since been fired from that job due to "lack of positions avail". I've had 2 back surgeries the second resulting in a revision because the fusion was no where near healed. I have incredibe pain everyday. Medication only makes it bearable to get out of bed. I do have a lawyer and he has been able to get me approved for pain management but I'm afraid because I don't know what to expect. I've been through the whole epidural injections and physical therapy and those were not successful. In the meantime my TTD benefits are suspended because my primary physician cut me loose for work even after pointing out to me on the thin cut ct that my fusion has not healed. I'm just at my wits end. Anyone out there deal with something similar or have advise? Thank you


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Work comp. is very hard to navigate. It's good you have a attorney. What ever you do. DO NOT trade the "lifetime medical" for the money that they will offer.
    Take all of your findings and documentation to the pain management Dr. And if he feels you have exhausted all conservative treatments. You ask him to refer you to a spinal specialist, a Nero or Orthopedic surgeon. And they may well, with more expertise, back you on reversing the release that the G.P gave.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I don't know your age and that would be important because you may have a long time in which you would ordinarily be employed. I would think that a good attorney would be able to get your former employer to pay for what ever care you need if this was an "on the job" injury. I was also injured on the job while working in law enforcement. I had two back surgeries while working and several more after having to retire. After my second surgery I was informed that I could return to work if I took the physical agility test that I took when I first applied for the position 13 years ago. I had to pass with a score of 75. I had a whole two days to prepare! I was so upset that I didn't feel any pain while taking the test, which included things like carrying someone on my shoulders while running around the gym, climbing a rope to the ceiling and a bunch of other fun things. Well, I passed and suffered for days. I was able to work another 12 years and then I retired early due to back pain. I have had four more spinal surgeries and walk with a cane. I have constant pain that cannot be eliminated. I rarely take pain meds because I have other medical problems that require medication and I am afraid that I'll fry my liver with all that stuff.

    So I feel your pain because I live with pain. I am 70 years of age and I have tried most everything. I have accepted this condition and for some strange reason the pain is more bearable now. I am guessing that you are younger because you mention working and being fired. I am sorry that I can't be of help to you. Maybe knowing that you are not alone helps a little. I guess typing this helped me more than it helped you! The only thing that I can really offer is that I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Maybe that will do more than any conventional medicine anyway. God bless.
  • Thank you Rocky2860. Yes I'm only 44 but feel much older. It does help to type here and share stories. I appreciate your info and your thoughts and prayers. I will do the same for you. I just don't want to hurt anymore or be looked upon as a drug seeker. I just want relief. :/
  • Thanks for the info Jim but what do you mean don't trade the lifetime medical? Shouldn't I make sure I'm well ? My previous surgeon says I may need hardware removal in a year or so. I'm 44 by the way. I just hate dealing with this everyday and want it to be over.
  • Also I don't know what to expect for treatment. I've had everything but the implants. Do miserable right now. My leg feels on fire and horrible lowr back pain. Uggh! So helpless. Just feel so helpless.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    I live in Calif. So the work comp. may work different where you live.
    When I was injured the work comp ins. paid for all of the medical. In addition I got a attorney and sued for my permanent disability at 38% and lifetime medical. Because I knew it would get worse somewhere down the line. The insurance tried to get me to settle for no lifetime medical, instead a tempting amount of cash on top of what I was already awarded. I would not take their cash. I knew I would need the medical sooner or later. And if you take the cash. You have to sign a release of all responsibility for them.
    I had a friend that was losing his house and car. So he took the cash. Years later his back basically gave out. He needed surgeries meds and all of the expensive care for his back.
    He went bankrupt and never got the surgeries or the rest of the care he needed over the years!
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Just thinking about you and thought I'd check in to see how you are doing and to see if you have found any relief from your pain. Has anything new happened?
    I'm hoping that you have found some direction, some avenue of care that will enable you to feel better and get the relief that you need. Hang in there. I know how it feels.
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