Pete, I have to agree with PAlady. The reason for the xray is to see how the fusion and the hardware are doing. I didn't have an mri for a year after my fusion. Everytime I called my surgeon I always got the same response, get an xray. I got to where I would call the surgeon's office and say shedule me an xray. It is fairly standard. Now as per work comp. If you keep working from home they are going to say you can do your job. Next week, I would let the wiz kid earn his new BMW and let him say if you can go back to work. Be careful you don't mess things up.
By the way, a short story about Hatti. I was there during an uprising in the 80's. There was a man who came out of the hills with a sack of human heads. That is enough to make you seriously think about what you are doing. It was a very stressful time. I believe things have changed a bit since then. It is still a poor country with many problems. Take it easy tomorrow. There is more to life than work. Can you believe I said that. I hope no one is listening.
It is so frustrating with a Cervical Fusion (I'm sure no matter where a fusion is in the spine it causes problems for all of us) a wrong movement of the neck or arms, turning to fast, bending and reaching who knows what we do! You have 1 fused I have 3 it doesn't matter, the fused area is locked and the rest of the spine trys to compensate for it! In the last 9 years I've had so many xrays whenever I've fallen or done something undetermined...PA Lady is right xrays just prove the fusion is stable...MRI's show the nitty gritty. Most times, even the MRI shows nothing when we've injured or strained our necks! The NS only is concerned if it involves the Spinal Cord...it is so upsetting to me after undergoing MRI's to hear well, everything looks fine.....I want to scream WHAT I DON'T FEEL FINE....there are disc bulges but the spinal cord is fine....nothing we can do, just keep doing what your doing!! I sometimes think to myself...geez Dr. if this were you is that the answer you would want to hear? Then on the other side its probably frustrating for the Dr.'s as well when they can't fix us!
Like PA Lady said it takes up to a year to fuse.....you are a worker Pete, I was where you are in a way (not your exact work situation) considered SSD for a year before I applied. I will tell you this, the pain continues but the stress of the pain during work was worse. I hope there is nothing more going on in your neck! Giving in and applying for SSD was horrible in my opinion but you know what, its not the end of the world. Its a struggle financially, but, I know with all my issues it was the best thing for me! I used to think I was indispensable but I wasn't....you will know when and if the time is right for you to leave your job!
Till then we'll jab FREAKIN...wacko boss right along with you!
Hey Pete, hope you had a great and wonderful day. You deserve a few more. Keep us up to date on the saga.
Susie, they can do an mri with titanium. i just had an mri and I have plenty in my back. In fact I watch to see if my wife checks out metal salvage sites as that could be bad news for me.
So glad to hear you enjoyed your weekend with your wife, that is great news! Don't stress too much, whatever will be will be...if WB has to stoop to snooping, he will find what his uncaring actions cause for people to feel, especially you, a very dedicated employee.
P.S. Straydog in my experience most fusion plates are made of titanium or a metal mixture of cobalt, chromium and nickel (knee replacements, hip etc)...allowing MRI's to be done....Titanium won't set off the metal detectors, the mixture will!