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Hip Osteoarthritis and taking time off until surgery, advice?

WafflesAndBaconWWafflesAndBacon Posts: 1
edited 09/22/2015 - 4:32 AM in Health Insurance Issues
Hey everyone.

Looking for some advice. Im 27 and fractured my hip 8yrs ago in a car accident. I've had some pain in hip/back ever since. Over the years it has gotten a lot worse. 2 years ago I was told I have osteoarthritis but I'm "to young to be in pain" and told me to do physio,massage ect. Well I've been doing that and now the last 5 months it's gotten so bad I'm taking painkillers and my doctor finally agreed to give me a refferal to specialist to get hip resurfaced/replaced. Now the waiting game.

I work in an office 40hrs a week doing data entry at a computer. The sitting all day causes my hip to flare up and my back to cause pain. I'm in pain all day, go home in pain go to sleep and repeat. Im in to much pain to go out or even get stuff done around the house. I'm getting miserable and depressed but don't want anti depressents as I know I'm just in pain.

On my days off im in less pain but the first day off I'm just in bed well my body recovers it seems.

I have short term and long term disabilty insurance available through my work but I don't know how to go about it.

My work is almost to accomaditng. They never want to loose man power. Like even when in a lot of pain they will just say "come in and just get up and take walks and if you need to just lie down in medical room for a bit" or if you stay home "vpn in and work remotely". It's hard to take sick days/time off at all for pain management reasons.

I look at our sunlife canada disability forms and they ask things like when did the injury occur is osteoarthritis in my hip that we found out about 2 years ago but I fractured my hip 8 years ago. So what date do I put. It also asks how many missed days of work. When was last day of work missed do to injury. Well I haven't usually work remotely from home on bad days latley. I really am just afraid they will deny me especially being so young if I don't answer the forms right.

I really need to work less atleast until my hip gets fixed so I'm not in constant pain and misery. I'd just quit until my surgery but u got to many bills.

To anyone that's read this all THANK YOU. And any advice given is greatly appreciated.


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