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[QUOTE=cashmoni;3195***]thanks Brenda,

I found our states website and downloaded the handbook.Very informative.I'm sorry about your situation and I don't think I'll be doing concrete anytime soon or possibly the future.Too bad because I really liked doing what I did.When ppl get post cards of Chicago,just know I was part of it,lol.

I USED TO LIVE IN THE SUBURBS OF CHICAGO AND BOTH MY CHILDREN WERE BORN IN WEST SUBURBAN HOSPITA. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO AS MY OLDEST IS ALMOST 41 AND MY YOUNGEST IS ALMOST 37..EEKS, I REALLY AM GETTING OLD :D

When my boss calls me,i don't answer and call him back with wife on other line(muted of course) as a witness if needed.Primarily because she thinks i'm paranoid but...i've heard alot of stories to feel comfortable.I take note too now.

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[COLOR="Red"]WHEN IT COMES TO WC CASH, YOU NEED TO BE PARANOID.[/COLOR]

An update to my situation though.....

I went to have MRI on tuesday,and had a follow up with doctor yesterday.The doctor I seen yesterday was a different one than the prvious 3 times.I was put in an area and told strip and put gown on by nurse,she left and pulled curtain.I heard the doctor questioning her about the MRI tuesday and a follow up yesterday...he said I cant see him..the nurse said they use to do it different but that changed(?).

He call the MRI place and spoke to someone,and exchange personal pleasantries,then i heard compression,then more pleasantries.A few minutes later,he comes and see's me.Said good news,you dont have a broken back,or ruptured discs.I didn't think that was too funny.He had me lay on table,which I could hardly do and proceeded to try and lift one leg at a time.OMG,it hurt,but pride stopped me from screaming.

[COLOR="Red"]HEY CASH, WHEN IT HURTS, SCREAM....THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. DO NOT LET YOUR PRIDE/EGO GET IN THE WAY ON THIS, OK? ;) YOU MUST LET THEM KNOW WHEN SOMETHING HURTS. I WILL ALSO SUGGEST THAT YOU GET A BOX RIGHT NOW, GET COPIES OF ALL YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS FROM ALL THE DR.'S/PLACES/MRI'S, ETC. THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GOING TO SINCE YOU STARTED HURTING. KEEP NOTHING ELSE IN THE BOX...JUST COPIES OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS. I STARTED MINE AND KEPT IT ALL THROUGH THE YEARS, AND BOY...DID IT EVER COME IN HANDY. WC LOST ALL MY MEDICAL RECORDS AND IF I HADN'T HAD THEM, I WOULD BE IN DEEP DO-DO. THEY WERE NOT GOING TO COVER ONE OF MY EXPENSES BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY THING ON FILE THAT I HAD AN INJURY IN MY C-SPINE. FORTUNATELY I HAD THE INITIAL REPORT OF INJURY WHICH SPECIFICALLY SAID NECK, SO THEY COVERED IT.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Red"]ALSO IF YOU EVER HAVE TO APPLY FOR SSD, THEY WILL NEED ALL RECORDS FROM YOUR INJURY. CASH, I ONLY TELL YOU THINGS I HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED, SO IT IS NOT JUST SOMETHING I HAVE READ...I ACTUALLY LIVED IT, OK. GET AN ATTORNEY MY FRIEND, EVEN THOUGH YOU DO NOT WANT TO. AND ALSO, YOU NEED TO FIND YOUR OWN NEURO, ORTHO, ETC. REMEMBER, THE DR.'S THEY ARE SENDING YOU TO ARE WORKING FOR THEM, NOT YOU. [/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]


Then I had to sit up,and couldn't.He stood at my side while I struggled,and didn't help.I eventually made though,he then poked at the lumbar region and said,wow,thats really inflammed(duh).He was done,and as I got up,and put my weight down it hurt very bad and he was watching me and the look he made was as if he was in pain.

I don't think he should've tried to manipulate me like that without MRI being read by a neuro,and it also being charted(hence MRI being ordered)that I can't bend.I hurt worse today and everytime I take step I feel a some pain in spine,not a 10 but something that was not there before,and if i cough now,it hurts my spine.Like it did when I first hurt it.I was prescribed medrol and flexeril and his diagnosis was lumbosacral strain.....thier original diagnosis.

He told me before I left that by my next follow up (mon) a neuro should have my MRI read.I have my MRI images on cd and have been researching them.These are t2,which is supposedly more telling and from what I see...i see compression between l3/l4 and l4/l5 w/slight bulging.The mention discs don't show up white,they're completely black.The one above it also don't look good.but further up they're white and thicker.The axial images are harder to decipher,but i dont think thier impinging on nerve but compromising the area,hence slight cramping in behind leg,only behing thigh.I'm no neuro but I doont think it's good.?

[COLOR="Red"]I AM NO GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO READING OR DECIPHERING AN MRI. YOU DID THAT PRETTY GOOD.[/COLOR]

I'm waiting for the companies case manager to call me back(had to leave message)so I can see what I have to do to see a spine specialist in my area..to go to thier doc now is over a 100mile round trip,and makes things worse.I'm out $60 for those 2 days,because only yesterday I learned I should've saved reciepts.

I didn't let him know I'm not totally dumb,thanks to the ppl on this site...being educated and my own advocate is the best advice I recieve yet.Thank you all.

I don't want to go to an attorney...I want to find a neuro first and keep going along with thier program.If they have ill intent then enough rope will be given and they can hang themselves.I didn't ask for this but they are liable,thats the law.Starting to think better now that I slept some.If it ever comes to it though,I will not let em close this either,I'm only 40y/o and have alot of life still.

[COLOR="Red"]YOU BETTER READ THE HANDBOOK. NOW A DAYS THEY MIGHT MAKE YOU SETTLE COMPLETELY...MINE WAS A LONG TIME AGO AND OF COURSE YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT STATE.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Red"]I GUARANTEE YOU THEY WILL HAVE ILL INTENT BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER WITH. THAT IS WHY I SUGGESTED YOU GET A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY THAT DEALS ONLY IN WC INJURIES. I DIDN'T GET ONE AT FIRST EITHER. THEY WILL MOST LIKELY MAKE YOU A FINANCIAL OFFER TO CLOSE THE CASE. DO NOT DO THIS W/O HAVING AN ATTORNEY CASH. THEY CAN ONLY GET A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE, AND IF YOU FIND A GOOD LAWYER, IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNEY THEY GET. YOU ALSO NEED TO KEEP A COPY OF EVERYTHING THE WC PEOPLE SEND YOU TO FILL OUT, ETC. MAKE COPIES OF EVERY LITTLE THING PERTAINING TO THIS INJURY...NO MATTER HOW SMALL YOU THINK IT MAY BE. I BECAME KNOWN AS...THE CARBON COPY KID....THAT'S HOW MANY COPIES I WAS MAKING OF THINGS, BUT I HAVE NO REGRETS OF MAKING THEM. IT EXPEDITED GETTING MY SSD. I AM THE ONLY PERSON I KNOW OF THAT APPLIED AND GOT APPROVED AND GOT MY BACKPAY IN LESS THAN 3 MONTHS.[/COLOR]

I[COLOR="Red"] HAVE A FRIEND COMING OVER TO USE MY COMPUTER, SO IF I DON'T GET BACK FOR A WHILE, I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST...BY THE WAY, DID YOU CHECK OUT THE "DERMATOME CHART"? THIS WILL EXPLAIN WHERE THE PAIN IN THE BACK OF YOUR LEG IS COMING FROM. IT SOUNDS LIKE SCIATICA...SOMETIMES I JUST HAVE TO CURL UP IN A LITTLE BALL TO GET ANY RELIEF FROM IT. REAL HOT TUB BATHSD HELP ME A LOT BUT OTHERS GET RELIEF FROM ICE PACKS. I KEEP THOSE IN MY FREEZER AND I HAVE USED THEM. ICE MIGHT HELP THE INFLAMMATION IN YOUR BACK. MINE FEELS LIKE IT IS ON FIRE SOMETIMES....[/COLOR]
GOOD LUCK TO YOU. WILL TALK TO YA LATER. BRENDA



so,thats about it for now.
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