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So here is a quick synopsis of what’s been going on with me. I am 29 years old my job is at times physically demanding. In 2014I had a laminectomy discectomy The surgery was successful and I return to work with absolutely no limitations two months after surgery I have not been treated by a doctor for my back since. Prior to my surgery I had tried 10 rounds of steroid epidural, I had my nerves burned to help ease my pain and did 15 months of physical therapy. None of that helped me.
I was injured over a month ago during a training course for my job. It was literally just a freak accident that was no one’s fault. I was immediately approved for Worker’s Comp. as they couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t injured at work. I have been receiving treatment although not the best. They sent me to occupational health instead of the orthopedic that I was recommended to see when I was seen in the emergency room after the accident. Since Worker’s Comp. was not treating me for my back injury but was treating me for the slew of other injuries that I had Sustained I was able to see my surgeon from a prior back surgery on my private insurance at the direction of my attorney. Once my attorney served Worker’s Comp. and my Case Worker to let them know that I have legal representation they magically sent me to an orthopedic. My doctor at that point had already recommended a spinal fusion. I had my surgery scheduled and all my presurgical screening and testing was completed. However since technically I was injured at work as soon as Worker’s Comp. sent me to an orthopedic my private insurance would no longer cover me for For my surgery. So I had to postpone it, I was seen by two workers comp orthopedic doctors the first one said that she couldn’t help me since she didn’t even do surgery and immediately like I mean same day sent me to a different office to see a surgeon in her practice. She called and had it all approved through my case worker conducted an EMG and sent me on my way. The workers comp back surgeon agreed with my private doctor that I do in fact need a spinal fusion due to the lack of disc left between my vertebrae as well as the nerve damage I have sustained. I have absolutely no feeling in my left toes the shooting pain is excruciating down my leg with any sort of physical activity and the throbbing is ridiculous anytime I’m sitting still. There really is no relief for me. The workers comp surgeon Placed me on severe restrictions. Essentially I am allowed to move between my bed and the couch and use the toilet. The only time I am allowed to leave my house is to attend therapy doctors appointments and to meet with my attorney. So obviously the doctor understands that there is damage in my back and that I need to be careful with my activity hence why he approved my surgery.
My question to anybody that’s been through this process is do I need to be worried that Worker’s Comp. will deny my surgery? At this point I have a recommendation from two separate doctors saying that I need spinal fusion, my concern is that Worker’s Comp. is going to deny this and drag it out and prevent me from getting the help I need. I really hope to return to work as soon as possible and would like to have the surgery and get on the road to recovery.
I am increasingly frustrated because I was supposed to have the spinal fusion with my private doctor today I had all my preparations in place. I had family coming from out of town to help me when I came home from the hospital, I have made arrangements for my dog to be taken care of until I was getting around better, my whole house was clean my fridge was stocked my bag was packed for my hospital stay. I was mentally prepared and now the stress and anxiety and the waiting game is really driving me up a wall
I would appreciate anybody is inside that may have been through this I could really use some soothing words thank you