Grrrrr!!!!! Okay...Now I am ticked off!!

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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
shakehead  My Worker's Comp adjuster called me today, in fact I just now got off the phone with them.  I am infuriated with this whole system!!  There is no way they will pay for any pyschological treatment that is being considered.  NONE....Its a dead end guys and gals.  I am so screwed if I expect to have the SCS ever implanted.
Ever feel like just giving up????
Hugssssssss I can't type any more I'm angry and I'm crying.  Be back later on.
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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG. When you are clamed down in a day or two call your dr and speak with his nurse and let them know what the hell is going on now. Lets see if the dr can get this pulled together w/o all the other crap. Susie

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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Scarred -
I am so sorry. I hate dealing with those people. I pray there is some type of an appeals process available.


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   Posted 5/26/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know which state you are in but the WC systems in most states do have an appeal process. As ticked off as you are, and I understand completely having dealt with the idiots in MN, you have to play their game. I think some of their agents work on an incentive plan to see how many denials of benefit they can rack up each month. Seriously. My attorney tipped me off to that little game. They get negative points if they are too easy. So just buck up and get your doc and/or an attorney to represent your case because they won't believe you in most cases. There is help available. It's unfortunate they make you jump through such hoops to get it.

When I was waiting for back surgery in 1999 I HAD to use WC even though I had wonderful group coverage that would have paid for it in a heartbeat. But because of the way the laws in MN were set up, I was forced through the WC mess. They put one roadblock after another in front of me while I was writhing in agony for weeks and weeks with a broken fusion. After several weeks of paper exchange they wanted me to see their doc for second opinion. My wife had to drive me 30 miles to a small town to see this doc when there were loads of neurosurgeons in Minneapolis only 5 miles away. This clown had me waiting for an hour while he had a McDonalds lunch in his office and talked with a drug rep. I overheard the whole thing because his door was open. He finally saw me and after the briefest of exams and looking at test results he said there was no question that I needed the surgery. I guess the really good docs don't want anything to do with the WC buracracy because it is too time consuming and doesn't pay enough. That's the bottom line.

Sorry to go on about WC but every time I reflect on the pain they put me through I get angry all over again! I fully understand your situation and feel sorry you have to go through it. But I'm serious about retaining an attorney to take the burden off your shoulders and speed the process along. There are lawyers out there who specialize in WC and are very good at navigating the system for you. It may be worth the price for you. Your call but check it out.

I do wish you the best in your adventure with WC. It WILL work out for you but they don't make it easy. I guess there are so many out there trying to scam the system that those of us who really need it or are forced into it have to suffer. Now I'm ranting and I'm supposed to listen!

We are all here to help and support so please feel free to ask for help, advice or just to vent.

Degenerative disc disease, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.

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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that the system fails so many needy people. You are a perfect example of someone who really needs their help and denied. It makes me so angry I could scream. Hang in there, like Bill said, maybe there's an appeal you can try???
Prayers and ghugs coming your way little sister!
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   Posted 5/26/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got home a little while ago and saw your post. GRRRRR is right!!

I hope Susie (straydog) maybe has some ideas. Does your husband have mental health insurance through his work plan? If W.C. won't pay maybe you could just get some counseling via regular insurance - and heaven knows you can blame a lot of your increased depression and anxiety on them and get THAT documented!

I STILL do not see why getting the SCS is incompatible with your current psychological profile - including some things in the past. The SCS should help you decrease meds, not add more drugs. I've said before I think this is purely W.C. "baloney" (being polite, but you get the point). Have you heard from your state rep? Remember Worker's Comp is a state program, so you want to find out who your STATE representatives and Senators are and get on each ot them. And you can find out if there's someone working on W.C. abuse and/or reform legislation if you keep asking and asking government officials.

Come here and vent it out of your system as much as you need to!



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   Posted 5/26/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((((((((((Scarred)))))))))))))). I'm so sorry that WC is being so obnoxious, to put it lightly. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if everyone was more concerned about helping people rather than making money at people's expenses.

It sure would. Grrrrr to them.

hugs to you,

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   Posted 5/27/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, dang it I had a whole entire post almost ready to go and it disappeared on me so let's try this again.
I want to thank each of you for your kind and great responses.  You all have given me so much over the last year that I have been on this site that I can't begin to tell each of you enough.  You are all my inspiration and my rocks in the tides of a torrent sea.  That comes from the heart!
Okay, so I have spoken with my husband about this and he is concerned that the SCS will not work, especially with my track record as of the last few years.  This has given me more reason to fight for a "REAL" solution to each of our CP.  I think that with all of the technology that is out there, after all they have cures for many diseases that were horrible and final in their end, there has to be something more that those smart and brillant scientist can do right?
I believe that there has to be something that each of us with CP can do to make these people believe that we are worth saving.  I'm taking the first steps by emailing my Senators in Wyoming about WC.  Then after that I will be speaking with my doctor to see what my next steps are in the goal of improving my health.
Anyway, I want to thank each of you.  I hope that your pain is lessoned today and that you are able to do what you desire to do.
Hugs and kisses,
Vick/aka Scarred
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   Posted 5/27/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Scarred, I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this unnecessary hoop jumping by the WC system. It is so unfair and so wrong to put it mildly. I simply don't understand why things have to be so hard and complicated. It would be so much better if there were people who could help you and help make this a much easier process. I don't know anything about it.I am sorry to be no help at all to you. All I have to offer is my understanding and support. You will get through this. It sounds like you are on the right track. You can do this!!! Believe in yourself. Turn your pain and dispair into determination. We are all here to support you. We are all on your side. You know you are not alone. I am sorry I don't have anything better. I wish I did. But I do have well wishes and lots of hugs.
((((((((((Hugs for Scarred))))))))))
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