Great news!!.....if you're my insurance company

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dubjean
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   Posted 10/23/2006 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
   This is something I'm sure some of you have seen....today I received a letter from my short-term disability carrier stating that there is absolutely no documentation stating I can't return to my job!!  Yay!!  Of course my rheumy and my employer have other thoughts on this subject, which I hope they will vocalize to this nitwit (being nice).  First, they have received all X-rays, doctors office notes, etc. and I was approved for 2 months then I needed to update them and since August have been hearing excuses. My last doctors office notes state that the osteoarthritis in my hands has not changed and my grip strength is good, there is no swelling or nodules, and there is only slight pain in my right hand.  This is what the disability people are basing their conclusions on.  I figure for my next appt. I'll go off all meds so that I won't even be able to get dressed!  Also, my job was in retail and their letter states there is no reason I can't lift items up to 72 inches or up to 70 pounds!  First, I'm only 5'1" so I have a problem lifting things over my head normally, and I don't think I was ever able to lift 70 pounds!!  The doctor stated she doesn't want me lifting over 10 pounds.  What a nightmare!!  I did fax the disabilty letter to my doctor and to my HR so they could respond, and I'm also going to respond.  Also, I'm going to get a letter from my Assistant Manager who saw me in tears after ringing the register for 2 hours on pain meds.  Yet disabiltiy states there's no reason I can't do that all day, if that's where I'm needed.
   Why don't they just pay when they're supposed to!  The last letter stated they wanted updated X-rays....this set me off..I told them that this isn't like a broken bone that heals, it might get worse but it'll never get better.  They didn't ask for them this time...lol!  I also double checked with my HR whether I'm actually eligible...what it comes down to is if due to medical reasons the doctor states I cannot do the job that HR states I must do, then I am eligible....bottom line!  Pay Me!!!  
   Thanks for listening to my rambling...it feels good to vent!  BTW, my rheumy's office has finally been on the ball after their initial mix-up with my paperwork!         
       Wendy

CaMama
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   Posted 10/23/2006 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh boy, Wendy! I'm so sorry to hear you are going through all this! Keep up the fight and don't back down. Those insurance companies can be brutal!!! Don't give up and don't give in!

What a bummer they are putting you through this! Good luck and take care.

****


 


erin.K
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   Posted 10/24/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
oy!
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


Chartreux
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   Posted 10/24/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG, they're kidding right. no one with arthritis can lift 70 lbs. OMG!!! You're really dealing with a bunch of jokers right!
Sorry your having to deal with this type of mess. I hope the doctors can help you.
Good luck
I'm only having problems getting my treatments approved for the physical therapy.
isn't there anyone who can help you?
Good luck!

dubjean
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   Posted 10/25/2006 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all for the support! My HR is supposed to be helping me deal with this...that's why I faxed the letter to their office, too. I thought it would be OK once they approved me the first time as nothing has changed since then. Guess I better get weightlifting if I need to lift 70 pounds....which I couldn't do before the arthritis....lol!

Chartreux, hope you get your physical therapy approved!

Wendy

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/25/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, as soon as you can lift 70lbs. let me know, the drinks will be on me... (lol) yeah

dubjean
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   Posted 10/26/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Do I need to use my hands? LOL

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/26/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes and no cheating! (lol)

Joan M
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   Posted 10/27/2006 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
boy these insurance companies are terrible. we got a real bad system in this country IMHO.

good luck to you and hope it all works out.
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