re-opened my claim completely. It took a bit for them to decide this but the one thing that helped was almost yearly check up's with MRI imaging basically tracking the changes to my spine as time went on. Now it appears i am getting better treatment from workers comp then my own medical proffessionals.....that's not right I think lol.
I was almost forced back to work and had work to go to until workers comp called me this past Monday and told me the news. I would of went back to work as I will not allow my family to starve and I am not willing to lose our house...I especially do not want to lose my fiance, she is one in a million and to lose an awesome woman like my baby would be even more devestating. She was afraid i would sever my nerves if I went back to work and is more relieved then I am that i no longer have to go to work in this condition.
At any rate mine was pretty straight forward and even Board doctors could not dispute the findings. I am pretty lucky in the scheme of things as I know some people have it way worse. I know what it feels like when no one is listening to you and it seems as though the hurdle before you is impossible to get over. What makes it worse is as time goes by a person will lose hope and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to fade. I was there and 9 years ago i finaly took control of my own physical condition and started my own rehab as workers comp had cut off medical entitlement many years ago. My job has consisted of many miles of walking every day with some intense physical labouring sometimes. Between that and my everyday regime of stretching and specific exercises everyday i was able to work for the last 8 years and get in great shape until the L5-S1 disc space collapse resulting in bone on bone issues with nerve root irritaion/compression.I went from walking 5 to 15 miles a day at a fast pace to a maximum of 50 metres a day very slowly to now being pretty much bedridden.
What I have learned in all of this is to make sure i have done everything I can to make sure my T's are crossed and my I's are dotted, meaning get everything in writting and get as much medical imaging and proof of your condition as you can get. Documentation plays a very important role in these situations. And now it's time to focus on healing and getting back to a productive life.
I am hoping this post will encourage fellow spinney's not to give up ever!