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starting over after a successful L5 fussion need help with disability questions and domestic relations

Started by rayg2011 on 03/07/2012 5:44pm

well i had a successful L4 stablization and a L5 fusion. but i'm on health sustaning medication.
the big problem i have is i'm on a very low pain medicain that is stopping me from findind any gainful work.
i was even turned away from a temp agency. i called a law office and i was told by them i'm screwed.
do to the med i'm on plus the fact what they did to my back no one will hire me. if i'm lucky they said i might be able to go to school for a desk job. i have had a life of over the road driving and contruction cdl driver. this realy is all i know how to make a living. i have two girls to support from a failed first marrage. even domestics is given me a fight. they haven't stoppped my rears from the day my unemployment stopped to if and when i may return to work. i was told from the law office to talk to my surgan and explain all that is going on and see if he will back me up. then i have to file disability that same day to stop domestics from makeing things worse. has anyone been in my shoes. the surgery improved my quality of life but it also handycaped me in being able to get back to work. any help i would be very greatful. also i'm from the state of PA.

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hi ray and everyone how are you doing I havnt been on here much. any luck on disabilty yet. there were times if it wernt for my wife I would of prob threw it all in the trash. its crazy. anyway curious how you were . I have been bending over the wrong way. so I can only go straight down no bending the back. that stinks. Im pulling my muscles to much. take care

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Hello I am new here to this forum. My husband had a spinal fusion done on L4-L5 with instrumentation on October 3 2012. He has only been out of hospital for only three weeks now. During surgery he lost 2300 pints of blood bleeding was uncontrollable but was unable to get it stopped. To make a long story short, he is at the hearing level now with his disability case an attorney is handling it He was denied twice in January of this year and August . Back in March 2012 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. His last denial stated he had no neurological disorder , just right sided weakness, gait issue, cannot return to his previous jobs of driving truck, lumber yard, construction, etc. He had three weeks of physical therapy which will end next week. We hope that our attorney can get new medical records on his surgery due to the fact of having new information and submitting it to the law judge for review. It would be nice not to go to a hearing and just get things overturned. He also uses a walker and cane for mobility due to the fact he still will walk with a limp. I am praying for anyone else that is also going through this situation and hope for the best.

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Hello all,
Sorry i haven't been on in some time.
I want to thank you all for your posts of concern and sharing. I want to say that i went to a fallow up with my surgan yestarday. It has been a year and one month since my surgery. Was the same conversation but with a twist. After asking new questions about myself he went on to explain something new that is out. To me anyhow. Its called a neurostimulation system. This is a small machine that stops pain signals getting to your brain by a 1/4 inch wire that is surgicaly implanted between the vertara and spinal cord. Price tag...................$20,000.00! It has a 8 out of 10 success rate. So after he told me this i said how do you expect me to pay for this. Even though in my mind there was no way in hell i was going under again. So he took me out to talk to the girl for billing. As to be expected my insurance won't cover it. BUT the best part was..........My surgan turns to me puts out his hand and says good luck and try to adjust your pain medication till it works. So i asked do you need to see me again in a few months???????? He said no just if something happens give me a call. Got to tell you doctors can realy make you feel like dirt. But at least i don't have to waste gas going there any more. But on a lighter note......I am doing good. My depression is as under contral as it can get. My pain is as low as its going to be. YES still no income but getting by. Things have been calm here at the home stead. My attorneys are fighting my disabillity case and they won't quit until they win. It's now just a matter of surviving until that day. But i want to get back to why i came on. I spent some time going threw this site. I'm sadden to see so many people going threw the same things. Some just starting out...... others nearing the end of this long battle. I ran out of words to say about all of this. When i first was told what i had i was greatful for this site. Because it helped me figure out what i had by showing me information about it and were to go to do more research. And yes most of all a place to let it all out. But the thing of it is most of us come from the working generation. We were raised by our parents or parent to bust our asses for little pay. Fallow the rules of life and law. Only to find our selves broken, pennyless, abandoned and in some cases homeless. This is what our government means by the MIDDLE CLASS. The middle class has come back from war and we are in need of help from our government to whom we earn there pay checks and made them all rich. Life isn't fair.....But we shouldn't be forced to be pour and pennyless. Much less forgotten about or hands tied behind our backs because they change the laws at night to make it harder for us. There no dummies. But i tell you this.......I will be a thorn in there side until i am payed what i put into my social sucurity. I can only hope that for those that are new to the site. Thinking about surgery. Ask your self these questions. Do i have any other options. Do i want to risk more harm then good. Is this my last alturnative. Yes i know people are in pain. But ounce you get the surgery. There is no turning back. Some people do come out better then they go in. I am one of those people. In my mind my surgery was a success. I can live with the small amount of pain i have. But i'm no longer able to work. And there are to many reasons why. If your working and want to continue to work don't get surgery. But if you have no other options. By all means do what you have to. I am ok. I'm happy with the dission i made. I will make the most of every day good or bad. I hope and pray for all of us that are going threw any kind of pain.God will help all of us. Don't loose your faith and hope. In times of need we all call out to him. Even though it may seem like he isn't listening. He is. Give it time. Do what you can for those in need and for your self.
God bless you all.
RAY

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RAY,
Wow, I'm so glad to you're still out there and haven't given up. I know what you mean about surgery being the last resort. I had mine when morphine no longer worked, when I was willing to die to be out of pain. I don't regret the decision, but I should never have gone back to the same work as I did before because I've had a second work injury and a second surgery, this time it's my neck.
I'm not a "skilled" worker and not highly educated so my options for retraining are zip, besides, I can't sit upright for long without hurting and walking is the same thing. Soooooo, I'll file for SSI when I get released for the surgeon. I'm glad I found this site too, at least now I know that I'll be denied the first time.
Thanks for coming back to let us know how you're doing, I for one was thinking about you,
Janet :)

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hi janet
thank you for the reply.
thanks for thinking about me.
nice to know some people look forward to hear from me every now and then.
theres allot of good people here and i'm very greatful for that.
well since the medication adjustment i have been feeling allot better.
still bugs me time to time.
but i got a kane for when i start to limp.
things for the most part are calm here.
going to try some house cleaning today.
my poor dog needs a bath and his nails cut.
but i just haven't had the strength.
going to try and get him done this week.
have to get ready for the high winds and rain today.
if i'm lucky maybe a tree will fall on me....lol
i hope all is well with you and everyone here.
see a few on here just got surgery.
hope the best for them.
i'll be praying.
i'll talk to ya soon.
ray.....

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Ray,
what meds were you taking and what were the adjustments?
I'm grasping at straws here,
Thanks,
Janet

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hello and goobye everyone.
sorry about ranting about something that doesn't pertain to the site.
as i said i'm not sure when i'll be on again.
life is very confusing right now.
god bless all of us cause we need it.
take care all.
ray

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Ray,
I'm so sorry to hear about you and your girlfriend. It's just one more way this impacts our lives isn't it? There is no bottom to human suffering.
I will keep you in mind and prayers,
Janet :(

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thank you janet.
i hope to be on again some day.
getting things in order and just confused.
thanks for being a careing friend.
bye for now.
bless you all.
ray

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i just want to say thank god for pain pills.
still here still kicking.
i haven't forgot all the people i've talked to here.
i hope and pray you all are doing well.
i've been busy trying to survive.
girlfriend gave me the boot. she was to embaraced to be with someone handy cap.
that and her mom told her too.
funny i excepted her medical issue "H" at the start.
and she just couldn't make her own dission.
talk about judgeing people.
thought that was in the bible some were.
but i'm enjoying the peace and quietness.
life goes on and i'm better off.
finauly got my wish. SNOW and lots of it.
my huskey loves to play in it.
but any hooooow miss you all.
and if anyone wants to BS i'll be here.
god bless.
ray.

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:) Ray, good to hear your still, "kickin' ." Funny the way life twists and turns. How even our darkest moments have something to teach us. You sound better than you have in a while and I agree, thank God for medicine! As much as I love/hate pills, without them, I wouldn't be here. Just got to keep on top of our game. If one med doesn't work, get back in the Dr. and tell them. Don't be like me and suffer, that's just stupid. NO-ONE can be happy when they hurt all the time.
Glad you got some snow and your dogs can run around in it. (Good job they've got fur coats on!) :)
And of course, if you fall down, the fluffy stuff can make the landing a bit softer. Sounds like you're finding reasons to smile. I'm glad for you. Writing them down helps, you can look back and see where you were and how far you've come. No doubt there'll be more bad times, but knowing they wont last forever gives hope.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us, your honesty is refreshing. We all have so much to deal with but it really does come down to the fact that it's the little things that bring the most joy. I'm happy that you're finding joy again, Ray. :)
Janet. :)

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hi all here to help.
ray.

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Nurse nancy were are you?

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NURSE NANCY
please give us a update.
ray.

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