Injuries and FCE

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/16/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a new member sitting at home depressed and feeling useless. I fell off a piece of constuction equipment 14 months ago and injured my back, I have injured my back at work two more times since then, all have been work comp. 12 months ago I had my right knee replaced (partial) I just got a cortisone injection in my left knee (degenerative joints). I had rotator surgery on my right shoulder several years ago (work comp) and its now starting to give me problems. My Dr just told me I have carpal tunnel right hand/arm. I was fired  three months ago (employer says for cause) while I was on work comp light duty from my last back injury. I can't sleep, I'm in pain, the pain pills and muscle relaxers make me ill, I'm 58 yrs. old, unemployed with no income. I have been scheduled for an FCE for my back (work comp) and I worry how all my other issues will affect this. I have been trying to find work no luck there (old worn out guy) My Dr said I'm all wore out from all the years doing construction and hard physical work. I have been to specialists, Physical Therapy, Work Hardening and now FCE. Is there any hope for me?  

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 12/16/2011 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, not an easy road..don't give up! Construction work is a tough job physically ... are there any retraining opportunities or programs? Here in Canada, the government pays people to go back to school. If you list your state in your profile, maybe some American posters can offer suggestions for another source of income. It's certainly difficult to come to terms that you need to give up your profession, but there's hope with alternatives such as online businesses like reselling goods. Focus on your health right now and things will look brighter once you get work comp, it will give you financial breathing room to rethink your career. It's understandable to be depressed ... it's like mourning a loss, where the loss here is your construction profession. You gave it your best in the end in spite of your injuries. Stay strong!
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/18/2011 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Neurodreamz thank you for the positive feedback. I need to stop my negative feel sorry for myself attitude. You are correct there must be things I can do. Couldn't sleep last night, sounds like an oppurtunity to get up and stop laying around.
I hope all is good for you.

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and welcome to Healing Well. I'm sorry that you have had such a hard road, but I'm glad you've found us. Our individual problems might differ, but what we've all got in common is chronic pain and you'll find support here I hope like you won't find in many other places online.

It's quite understandable as Neurodreamz said - quite normal in fact - to feel depressed. It truly is a grieving process that you have to deal with like you would any other loss.

What sort of of doctor are you seeing? Is it your regular GP/family doctor you're dealing with or are you under the care of a pain management doctor or clinic? I don't know if it's an option for you, but have you considered seeing a pain psych?

There are lots of distraction options out there too, if/when you're ready. We're here when you need as well :)

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   Posted 12/18/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Hurt
I wanted to welcome you aboard to our chronic pain family. You will love the members here. Such a wonderful group of caring individuals. I am glad you found us but so sorry for all your suffering. I sure hope you can find some answers to help you. What kind of specialists are you seeing right now? and what meds are you on? do you see a pain specialist? when is your surgery booked for?
I know there are several members here with much experience with back problems and they will be along soon. Quite often it is quiet over the weekend and being the final weekend before Christmas it is very slow.
Stay with us for the long run as you won't be disappointed. Keep posting and let us know how you make out.
Take care,
Dreamz, I too am in Canada, (Ont.). Where are you from?
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