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newanpainful112
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 4/29/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
 In a lot of pain today, Called pain doc will see him today at 4:30 pm E.S.T. I must be getting use to pain meds they do not seem to be working anymore. Spinal Stimulator not working either. Depressed mad   I know you all must have gone through this. Need some input and some of you to respond to this need some support. On another subject, Went to attn. yesterday they denied my SSID. He said he would take the case and sayed he could win the case for me. He is also represents me on my workmanscomp case which is going on for last year.(we are winning) I have alot or respect for him, But nothing comes easy.

Becoming undone
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 4/29/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed you were somewhat new...I wanted to say a belated welcome...
I hope all goes well with your ssid...it seems that, especially with back issues, they are reluctant to give the first time around...my brother in law went through 2 appeals and finally won...
"The earth laughs in flowers"


newanpainful112
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 5/2/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I was in court for workmanscomp the judge to the insurance co to settle or he would rule in my favor, The insurance sent me their first offer of $4500.00 I told them I would settle for $15000.00 awaiting a reply. Still awaiting on anapeal from ssi. I went to the pain doctor 4/29/09 and told him of all the pain I was in and he ordered more tests that the insurance co. told me they would not pay for. I guess they want me to settle. The doctor added some new medicine Cymbalta 30mg. twice per day and zanaflex 4 mg. three @ supper and three at bedtime to help me sleep. (not working) the cymbalta makes me kind of woozie.

Oh well thanks for your reply I hope you return here on a regular basis. People don't seem to post to me because I am new and still trying to understand how this web site works.

anice
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to say hi and welcome you to this forum. I think that you will enjoy it here. You will find it informative and helpful, I am sure.
Anice

edt
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   Posted 5/3/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Newanpainful,

Welcome to our family!  Its pretty common to be turned down for SSD the 1st time around, don't give up!  Look forward to reading future posts from you!

Patti


PAlady
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   Posted 5/3/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Newandpainful,
It seems any process - be it applying for worker's comp. or SSD or SSi, is full of challenges and many hoops to jump through. I hope you have a good attorney. If it's worker's comp that's denying tests I'd ask your attorney about that. If you're close to settlement, that can mean they will no longer pay for anything else. I hope you're only settling on the advice of your attorney, and not out of frustration. I'm not an attorney, but having lost my own worker's comp case, and been screwed over by another attorney, I have learned the hard way even your attorney may not be looking out for your best interest. But hardly anyone here has a smooth time with worker's comp. and they may try to get you to settle for a low amount of $$, but then that's it - they probably won't pay for anything else.

We certainly can offer you lots of support with the frustration of getting help - and getting help paid for, along with getting pain treated. It is not an easy road for most of us.

Give the cymbalta a chance. It's an anti-depressant, and your body can take a couple of weeks to adjust to it. Also, if it's making you too tired you can call your doctor and ask if you can take the whole dose at night. I think cymbalta does come in a 60mg, once/day dose, but I'm not sure. I'm not a doctor. Just try to take it at about the same time each day, and take that every day. It's not something you take "as needed".

If there are questions about the website and you're confused, feel free to ask them and one of the moderators or someone with some technical knowledge will help you out. The "help" menu here is pretty good, so you may want to try reading through that.

Hope this helps a bit!

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 5/3/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello New and welcome to Healing Well. I have been MIA for abit due to my own health issues. I always hate to see a new person pop up with pain, but at least you have come to the right place. We all have one thing in common which is pain. Yes, we very much do understand where you are coming from in that dept. Please stick around and post and more and more will respond. It sometimes gets slow and I think alot of it is people feel to bad to sit at a computer for any length of time. But, hang in there with us.

Sure hope your new meds will kick in and give you some relief. I was on Cymbalta a few years back for neuropathy in my feet and hands. Once they got my dosage adjusted to the correct dose, it worked very well for the nerve pain. The key is getting the magic number that helps the most. When I first started on it, I believe I was started out at 30mgs, that was the starting dose. My PM dr said that was too low of a dose to work and increased it, it was given to me initially by my PCP. 

You must live in one of the few states left that will pay a lump sum settlement on a worker's comp case. They changed our laws here in Tx in 1991, and took away an injured worker's right to a jury trial and a lump sum settlement. Really screwed the working people to the wall when they did that. It also took the attys out of practice that handled WC claims. I worked for a frm that handled comp almost 20 yrs, then the law changed. Big business got that law pushed threw with alot of money in the politicians pockets and then the swing votes needed they lined their pockets at the last minute and got it pushed thru.  The ins companies all touted how much money it was going to save the employers and the insurance companies by doing this. It turned out to be a hoax because the premiums for comp ins continued to rise,lol. Why did your comp carrier refuse to pay for further testing and what testing was your dr recommending? Your counter offer to the ins company does not sound like much money especially if you are unable to go back to work. If you are unable to return to your usual occupational you have future loss of wage earning capacity. But, I also know each state has their own set of laws too.

One of the other here posted it seems to be very difficult when you have a back injury and you are trying to get SSD. I think that is so true. Since your lawyer on the WC claim aready has a copy of you medical records thats a plus and he can keep SSD updated with current medical records and thats very important. Many claims get denied because of them not having all of the persons medical records so they render a decision on what records they have and often they are incomplete. If this was your first denial from SSD, you go thru steps to get to an actual hearing before an ALJ. After the initial Denial you have to requset a Reconsideration of that Determination, then if you are turned down again, then you get to Request a Hearing. It generally takes quite a while to get a hearing because SS has such a backlog of cases. Don't give up, just hang in there with your atty and jump thru all their hoops.

You will find here that many of us do different things in an effort to reduce our pain levels. Also, there is so much medication available now a days for many different kinds of pain. It really impossible to know if the medication I take will help your pain because of how our bodies metabolize the medicine. What may work for me may not help you at all.

I have been using Zanaflex off and on for about 7 yrs and it works very well for me as a muscle relaxer. However, I am with a new PM dr as of the first of the year. I saw her last week for a pump refill and asked for a script for more Zanaflex. She said no she would not give me a new script for it because she stopped prescribing it one and a half years ago when the FDA came out with a new warning letter to physcians about possbile severe reactions when taken with certain other medications. I had told her my last script was dated November of last year and it was for 90 pills and I had 4 or 5 pills left on that script. She said well as long as you don't take them every day and use them sporadically I will go ahead and write you a script for 40 pills. I have a high intolerance of medications and she is aware of this and thats why she decided to write the script because they do work for me w/o any problems. I pretty much keep up with all the FDA alerts and have no idea how I missed this one. I went to their website and Marh of 07 the FDA sent letters out to physcians with the warning letter. I am sorry I cannot remember the medications they say to avoid when taking Zanaflex, they do have them listed on their web site you you may want to check that out to make sure you don't take any of those meds.

Hope you have had a decent low pain weekend..Susie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Post Edited (straydog) : 5/4/2009 1:41:36 AM (GMT-6)


Ms Kitty
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 5/3/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   

have the settings re-evaluated on you spinal cord stimulator.  they just adjusted mine and it is fantstic!

Ms Kitty


Severe diabetic neuropathy, 3 stents, arthritis, R/BK amputee
 
Duragesic pain patches, Vicodin ES, Elevil, insulin and lots of other meds


newanpainful112
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 5/4/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
wink  Thank you all so much for your replies,
 
I get so depressed, nothing seems to come easy. I am not a quiter, However it seems to be so easy to do so. I have not given up yet and I don't normaly do so. Its down right frustrating. Its nice to know there are people who understand what I am going through. I have tried to talk to family and friends but they don't seem to understand. Don't think for a second I would do anything to hurt myself, That is not an option.
 
On a different note, I don't like to take pills. But I take all the pills that my Pm doctor pres. to me, it is alot of pills. It seems to be helping its just taking so long to work. The biggest side affect is feeling so (high) and sleepy as all of you must know.
 
I have always worked and I find it hard to accept my current health problems. I have always driven since I got out of the army. Either be it an ambulance, firetruck, rescue truck or an 18 wheeler. I have driven over 2.5 million miles. Due to the medication I don't feel safe to drive and I only drive when I have to. My wife has been driving me around and I seem to find fault in her driving not so much on how she drives but more the fact that I am not driving. I havent been able to tell her this and she gets so mad at me.
 
I can't seem top be able to get along with others and I find myself to be more alone. Its because of of me and my frustration not anything they have done but its hard to accept that and I find any excuse to fault others. I am trying to stop it but its hard to accept my own faults and limitations.
 
Any way thank you all for your support. I also thank you for letting me rant on but I have not been able to express myself any other way, It seems to easier do do so on my computer than trying to talk to someone face to face.
 
again thanks
 
Jim

Becoming undone
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
It is hard to get used to the "new normal" that we are left with by whatever ailment. It is good to come to a place like this and not feel so alone in the world.

It might be helpful to find someone professional to "talk" to for a couple of visits. Sometimes it does help to get a professional opinion to see if expectations might be a little bit skewed or right on target. Gaining acceptance to something like this...well not to sugar coat it...downright Bites big ______(feel free to add what ever noun)!

Heck, I have drug my feet and not completely filled out the SSID(I think that's the acronym)...because I think/want tomorrow to be different. It feels like when I fill this out, it feel like I'm giving up...I just thank goodness that I have support from my wonderful DH.

I hear you about the pills. I wake up in the morning with pill fatigue. I start at them wondering how I'm going to get all of them down...
So Jim...welcome again...don't be a stranger...feel free to talk...rage...scream...laugh...whatever...
"The earth laughs in flowers"


modelmaker
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 168
   Posted 5/4/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Newand....

Welcome to the CP forum. Please be patient with us for response. It may take a day or so to get a reply. But the delay does NOT mean we do not care.

I know what you mean about the driving. I used to drive everywhere. I really enjoyed driving. Since I have been on opiate pain meds I don't feel I should be driving. Not so much that my abilities are impaired but rather if I became involved in an accident, my medical records would condemn me as impaired. I know how this works having gone through a legal action after I was hit. The attorneys can find EVERYTHING in your files at the Drs. offices.

Since my wife has been doing our driving I have become very critical of her techniques. Following too close and delayed braking are amoung the worst habits. She get very upset if I say anything about it so I just grit my teeth and try not to think too much about impending death when we are out. Really, she is not that bad.....it only seems that way from the right hand seat. I just keep thinking if I didn't have her to drive I would be in a lot worse shape.

My wife does not have the passion for driving that I did. She looks at it more as a necessity than something fun to do. So we no longer take long road trips to fun destinations. We are more likely to fly and rent a car if we go at all. But being retired and on disability we can't afford to do much of that.

I have been retired on disability for over 8 years now. I have come to accept what is and what is not in my life. In its place, I have found new hobbies like model building and genealogy to keep my interest and to provide a distraction from the pain. The arguments with work comp are long behind me now as are the lawyer meetings, depos and negotiations. You get through it somehow and put it behind you as quickly as you can.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to come back. We can always talk.

Modelmaker

Tony McGuire
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 5/4/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Somebody else posted the stuff below using my login.

So, I'm afraid this site has been hacked.

Expect nasty stuff to start appearing under various peoples' logins.

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'talk' would be an appropriate descriptor, since I was too far removed to provide much in the way of details.

Although, I can say for sure that there were no vehicle tracks in the road behind myself nor behind the car behind me.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/4/2009 4:55:57 PM (GMT-6)


Tony McGuire
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Total Posts : 483
   Posted 5/4/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   

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Susie StrayDog: Could you go in and edit your post, and get rid of all those blank lines at the end - please?




newanpainful112 said...

The biggest side affect is feeling so (high) and sleepy as all of you must know.


Jim


"(high)"? NO, that is not a side effect if your medications are being properly prescribed to you.

I get NO feeling of high from my medications. And I take 14 of them, today and every day. 2 that are pretty heavy hitters; Methadone and Morphine.

I get other side effects, but they aren't 'desirable' side effects, trust me.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka Prayer & Chomp Prayer

Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 5/4/2009 4:53:29 PM (GMT-6)


onthecan
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 5/4/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
newanpainful112 said...
The last time I was in court for workmanscomp the judge to the insurance co to settle or he would rule in my favor, The insurance sent me their first offer of $4500.00 I told them I would settle for $15000.00 awaiting a reply. Still awaiting on anapeal from ssi. I went to the pain doctor 4/29/09 and told him of all the pain I was in and he ordered more tests that the insurance co. told me they would not pay for. I guess they want me to settle. The doctor added some new medicine Cymbalta 30mg. twice per day and zanaflex 4 mg. three @ supper and three at bedtime to help me sleep. (not working) the cymbalta makes me kind of woozie.

Oh well thanks for your reply I hope you return here on a regular basis. People don't seem to post to me because I am new and still trying to understand how this web site works.
Hi Newanpainfulwere you on your last pain med for a long time that happens after your on something for so long it just isn;t effective any more I'm on a slow release pain med and a break through pain med as well an antispasmodic which helps really well with the cramps i find.What is Spinal Stimulator mean can you explain that to me please?Good luck with your law suit I hope you clean up!!!!! shocked
 Jenn
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.

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