Is your Dr or Specialist not able to send a report regarding your condition to the Insurance Co.? Perhaps the Ins. Co. is looking at you are fit for "some" type of work, but not necessarily Nursing - or at least hands-on nursing. Are you able to utilize your Nursing skill in some other way? Still, having said that, I know only too well what the pain is like when you have to work with it. I really do hope that things work out.
Congratulations on your weight-loss. That is really great and you deserve a real big pat on the back. It's no mean feat when you are dealing with stress AND you are a stress eater :-)
I have increased my exercise increasing walking a little more etch day sothat i can be ready to retutrn to work. idon't know how i am going to goback to being a nurse. i had to have both knees injected and now i have severe bilateral hip buritis with my back pain. i really do need the long term disability. thank you UNUM disability insurance. People that need it get dropped. i also take xycontin and oxycodone and vlium for muscle spasms. i cannot see myself wrking as a nurse again. im down to my last 40 dollars. i have never been in this position before,. please pray for me. at least i lost more wight. down 45 pounds, 205 todAY. i will be so happy togt below 200 esp because i am a stress eater. good luck to all. shannon
I had to switch insurance companies when cobra went up to 1258/month, so i got married and am on husband's ins. and they will not give me new MRI. im down to quarters now, never bee this broke, and mri is 1548dollars. my dr sent a letter of appeal alongwith mine, bt you know hese big insurance coomanies dont like to pay. they dont care. there is no reliefi can get from state either. i am just praying that the appeal goes thru. started walking daily and it still hurts even with pain meds. but....God doesnt gv us more than we can handle. Beware if anyone will need UNUM for LTD. plus they were always 1 month behind in payments so ishould get 1 more check, but they said no more checks for you! i askedabout if i furtherinjure myself, UNUM; They replied: Nonefor us....we aren't telling you to go back to work, we are just going to discontinue your claim.
Welcome Shannon, I agree that your need to take your MRI or CAT scans or whatever it takes to get the help you need . I do not know how you can work a 12 hour shift let along an 8 hour one in so much pain and on narcotics. What is your doctor thinking? Fight for your rights.
I got down to goal weight after my back surgery last May and it did take away the pain and pressure I had. My left hip and leg were numb and the spine surgery fixed that. It did not help my left knee as it is bone on bone and needs a knee replacement. I have had a Synvisc-One gel shot in my knee and it has padded the bony area and taken away the pain for a few months. Some folks get 6 months of being pain free and some get up to two years. Have you tried one? A friend of mine has had 5 small Synvisc shots 5 weeks in a row and says she feels great and can walk a couple miles at a time now with no pain.
We have an Ombudsman to fight for our health in Oregon. I do not know where you live but get your dr. to help you or call your Congressman or Representative to help you. Good Luck.
I wish I had good news for you, but so far, I don't. I'm down just about 100 lbs and I keep asking when I can expect the pain to subside so that I can stop using the meds and get off of the LTD, but they tell me I just need to be patient.
When my insurer took a look at my MRI and the need for meds they had no problem with my claim. Sounds like your insurer needs more evidence that you have a problem. The need for narcotics to deal with the pain sounds like a strong point, where is your MRI or CT Scan to back up your claim? Better still, where is your doctor?
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Weight-loss never helped me at all - I have lost around 57lb. What DID help, and started to help prior to any weight-loss, was Pilates. It strengthens the core muscles which in turn helps reduce the pain. Going from nothing to 12 hr shifts doing nursing, I would be inclined to seek the help of a Physiotherapist who specializes in Pilates. My Pilates class is taken by a qualified physiotherapist, so you get much better input. My instructor steers me away from unsuitable exercises that the others may be doing and in turn gives me alternatives. She also is there to provide 'hands on" where it comes to positioning - even 1" can make a difference. The most benefit comes from doing it regularly - i.e. a few days a week, even just for 1/4 hr per time.
Is it possible that you can use your RN qualifications for seeking less physically demanding work - perhaps school nurse or for a large firm? Then there isn't the 12hr thing or so much lifting/turning/bending going on.
I would really be happy to hear that one of us had suffered with severe bak pain and got down or close to your goal weight and your back pain or knee pain went away? That is what my hope is, but I would really be happy to hear that that is what can happen! They took my long term disability away from me all of a sudden, i am really brokem down to quarters, reliant on prescribed nrcotics and i have to find a new job(Im an RN). I need tohear sometyhing great to inspire me as I am going from rest to 12 hour shifts. please someone help!!!!! shannon
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