When you got the DX of spinal stenosis and fused C5 through C7, did they mention Thorasic Outlet Syndrome? Thorasic Outlet Syndrome starts at C5 to C7, then the nerves pass through the neck muscles, shoulder muscles and down the arms to the hands. Allot of people with it get miss-diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, since it feels exactly the same at the hands. Slow realignment of the C5 through C7 vertebrae from computer work and nerve compression in the alignment of the neck and shoulders is usualy the cause. They used to operate on Thorasic Outlet Syndrome at the Vertebrae by fusing them all the time. They seldom do this anymore because it didn't work and people ended up with stiff necks from fusion. Now they generaly opt for months of physical therapy instead to get the head, neck and shoulders back where they are supposed to be, getting the pressure off the nerves.
Most people that get this have computer jobs.
I had a massage therapist coming to my house once a week for years just to undo the nerve compressions so I could continue to work at my computer business. I even thought I had carpal tunnel in both hands for a long time. He finaly got rid of it by working the neck and shoulders for months.
Computers are fun and oh so usefull, but they wreek havoc on peoples bodies, and it takes so long to get there, is so slow and progressive that by the time we know we have a real problem the computer posture is like its set in stone almost.
As far as a Workmans Compensation claim is concerned, all that is needed is to show a Causal relationship between the job and the exacerbation of a problem and a loss of function where you cannot do your job, or it will continue to exacerbate it. You don't even have to prove the job directly caused something, just that it made it worse. How many people have some degree of back problems. Most do. Then they take jobs and something happens that takes their back out on the job.
How well that would go over on Fibromyalgia would depend on how your Doctor or Doctors craft their statement on how what type of job you have and how this would effect what you have. There is an obvious relationship between spending lots of time at a computer, high stress, loss of sleep and Fibromyalgia exacerbation. Getting the Doctor to agree though and put it in writing that this made you worse working in that environment might be another story. But there is a ever increasing number of Fibromyalgia related workmans compensation claims being seen, because it is medicaly viewed as a syndrome, not a disease. Claiming that a job was a major cause of a syndrome, or exacerbated a syndrome is not a far reach.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Diverticulitis, Costocondritis, Thorasic Degeneration, Mild Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mild Hilar Lymphodenopathy, Depression, Anxiety. Dyspnea. Disequilibrium.
Klonopin, Percocet, Baclofen, Ibuprofen, Valerian, Greens Plus, Magnesium, Vitamin C, COQ 10, B Complex, Niacinamide, Glucosomine, Condrotin, MSM, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose.
Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 1/4/2009 3:32:41 PM (GMT-7)