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BobbyLGBBobbyLG Posts: 1
edited 04/22/2015 - 8:10 PM in New Member Introductions
I began having hip problems last September. I was told I needed total hip replacement on the left side and core decrompression on the right side. But before any surgery could happen, had to be free of any and all infections. This required a surgery for Crohn's Disease related fistula infection. I had the fistulotomy on New Years eve and had suffered from Bradycardia where my heart rate slowed to 30 BPM several times over a couple of days. This is thought to have occurred due to overdose of pain medications in the recovery room. Once cleared for hip surgery, I came out of recovery with tremendous knee pain which continues today on the left side. After seeing the hip surgeon, he ordered an MRI of my knee which shows "a small fullthickness
chondral defect of the posterior articular surface of the lateral femoral condyle as well as possible posterior horn of the medial meniscus tear at the root ligament". He also ordered an MRI on my back, which I have had 3 previous spine surgeries at the L4-L5 area. The MRI showed, "lumbar spine demonstrates grade 1 anterior spondylolisthesis but otherwise stable". I have not had a pain free day since last September. I am depressed, exhibiting signs of mild OCD and maybe PTSD as I keep thinking about the medical response team sent in for the Bradycardia after the fistulotomy. I don't feel like going out of my home and feel the world is closing in on me. I do not function like I used to and when I try, I either end up in a great deal of pain and quit what I was doing or give up and have an angry outburst. I am lost and don't know where to turn, I don't know if any or all of this would qualify for SSDI, but I know I cannot function the way I am now.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It's good you are following up with doctor and testing..and keeping an eye on things.
    Hopefully your pain can settle down.

    Your question about Disability.....I don't know.....but I would suggest contacting a Disability attorney.
    He could answer your questions and guide you as to what qualifies.

    This is at no cost to you...unless you win and his fee taken from that. I see no downside to working with this specialty attorney.
    Best of luck to you with your pain control
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  • hope4betterhhope4better Posts: 36
    edited 04/23/2015 - 5:33 AM
    boy, I totally feel for you . I am sorry you have to go thru this. And that's why there is a forum such as this; to share, learn and give advice. you are not alone my friend. I too, get so depressed sometimes. you know that statement, im sick and tired of being sick and tired. i'm not a doctor, but know that pain does something to the endorphins in your body. your pain definitely needs to be managed. i'm praying that you can get a Dr. to see the agony that is yours. I am looking at both cervical and refusion and laminectomy on the lumber. im going to a neurologist tomorrow and hope to get more information so that I make the right decision. keep in touch bobby and above all, HANG IN THERE!
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