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Oct 25, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

Hello Jim!

Good to hear from you, I hope you’re doing better yourself. I am dealing with Anthem right now because it seems they want to send me to an orthopedic doctor instead of a neurosurgeon/doctor. I am getting things worked out with the insurance though so I can see a neurosurgeon and hopefully soon I can get some answers and help.

The pain is not as bad thanks to my former employer. lol While I was having my MRI, X Rays and tests done they decided to politely and quietly let me go. Things happen for a reason though and it’s allowed me to not be on pavement 60 hours + a week. VA and TN both are “right to work” states so they can terminate you for any reason at any time. It would be my word against theirs and ultimately they will have to answer for it, not me.

I’m still not settled on disability because I feel like there are other things I can do. (my background is in graphic design, web design, marketing and sales) I’ve just turned it over to the Lord and letting Him handle it and letting Him guide me. I feel like He had to bring me to this place in my life to show me that I need to stop trying to “fix” everything myself and work things out on my own instead of relying on Him. My medical situation looks like it’s turning out to be a blessing more than a bad thing.

During all this I had I had become very bitter at my situation and my environment. I had it in my head I was going to fix my situation, I was going to move my family from the area where we live and go to a place that was thriving economically, get a good paying job, and all would be right. (Much like Abraham did when he went down to Egypt). We even went as far as taking a week trip to a coastal area in North Carolina to look at homes and for me to look for jobs that didn’t require being on my feet all the time.

When we got back I talked with my pastor and he told me I was running away, that he felt like I was making a big mistake and that it could impact my family in a negative way. I have a 14 year old daughter (1 of 3 daughters, she’s the oldest). My pastor told me she is a good kid but he felt like through much prayer she was lost, even though she made a profession of faith several years ago. She just didn’t have any fruit.

After talking with my pastor that Monday I got on my face before God and repented of my bitterness and rebellion. It was the next night, my 14 year old came out of her room to where I was sitting and she was crying. I asked her what was wrong and she told me “Daddy, nothing is wrong, I’ve been living a lie, Jesus just saved me”.

That was pretty much the assurance I needed to know I was going in the right direction. I had not talked to her, her mother had not talked to her, but the Holy Spirit sure had been talking with her. All we had been doing was praying.

All I can say is, God is good! It really changed my whole outlook on things. I may be hopping around and using a cane some but I have joy and peace in my heart which far outweighs the pain and the issues with my back and legs!

Thanks for keeping in touch and thank you for your prayers! Will keep praying for you as well.

Tony

Sep 28, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

Hello Jim, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. The pain is still here, some days are better than others. I do have a neurosurgeon appointment on the 3rd of October.

My employer, well former employer… decided that during this ordeal with my spine, even though I made it clear I was not resigning my car sales position, he resigned me lol. On the bright side I’ve not had to be on my feet on pavement 10+ hours a day. It’s let me re-evaluate my career choices, do a lot of praying and a lot of seeking God’s guidance.

I may go back to my roots in graphic design, web design and internet marketing.

My wife and girls are doing well, my girls seem to enjoy seeing me more since I normally worked 60-70 + hour weeks. It’s all in God’s hands, I may not understand it all now but He has never let me down. The male/provider instinct is a little tough for me to deal with because I feel guilty of not being Super Man.

I really do appreciate you reaching out and sending me a note. It means more to me than you know and it came at just the right time.

How are things going with you?

Praying for you also.
Tony

Sep 21, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

I was told I could file against the company where I got hurt today. No matter how long it had been. I’m in VA, he said because of the coal mine industry that is here or used to be here it happens a lot.

Sep 21, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

SSI Disability told me today it didn’t matter how long it was, if I can prove it happened there I could file a claim.

Sep 21, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

That is my problem here. When I first got hurt I was helping a friend at his trucking company. I’m in Virginia so I called to talk with workmans comp, the woman on the phone said they would file a claim and I could maybe get disability. It actually made me angry when she said it. I told her I would go find another job doing something else and the state could keep their comp and disability.

All that is history now, I still don’t want to make a career of Governement benefits. I just want to not be in pain so I can do what I’m supposed to do, take care of my family. Pain clinics here in Virginia like to feed you narcotics and I refuse to eat pain pills to function every day.

Sep 21, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

He had me on 3200 mg of ibuprofen a day for like 6 months, he’s given me muscle relaxers, and played it off as if I am imagining the pain. He’s not sent me to a specialist yet but after the MRI results today he said he would schedule me for physical therapy then to see a neurosurgeon. Sometimes my legs feel like jello. It feels I have a can opener in my spine during the day then after I get home I am exhausted from pain all day. I feel bad when I go to sleep (which is about 4:00 to 5:00 am and I feel worse when I get up.

I have no idea where to turn, I have to support my family.

Sep 20, 2017 · Back Pain Due to Heavy Lifting in Spine Health

About 3 years ago I was lifting/stacking semi truck tires. Each weighed about 120lbs each. I was doing it alone and after about 3 stacks of throwing these things 8 high, I heard a pop/crack. I had x-rays and was told my lifting days are over. Over the last 3 years the pain has gotten worse. It goes from my lower back, down both legs and even in my feet. Sometimes I’ve felt what feels like electricity in my lower back.

The pain has gotten so bad now that I don’t sleep well, I am on my feet at work from 9 to 11+ hours a day, 5 sometimes 6 days a week. (I sell cars for a living). At the end of each working day I am usually hurting so bad lately I don’t hardly feel like driving home.

I had an MRI done yesterday and got results today of herniated lower disks, (my opinion) they said bulging but I know it has to be more from my research because the pain is intense. My back, hips, groin area, legs and even my feet (more so the left one). It is hindering my work, it hurts to sit, stand, walk, go down steps, bend over slightly, etc. My family Dr. said after the MRI report today he could send me to physical therapy and a neuro surgeon. He said I just need to strengthen my stomach muscles and the neuro surgeon would probably not do anything. My insurance won’t cover physical therapy and from what I’ve read you can’t get disability from back pain. I don’t want to bleed the system, I was brought up to work hard. I just want to know what’s going on, Virginia has nothing like short term disability to help as I try to recover, my employer does not offer it until the “open enrollment periods”

Now here I sit, stand or lay to try to get the pain to ease up but during my family doctor wanting to use me as a lab rat I’m going to lose my house, cars, etc because if I don’t sell I don’t get paid. Again I don’t want to make a career of being on disability but even if I were to get disability I know it can take 1 to 2 years. My wife of 20 years, my 16 month daughter, my 3 yr old daughter and my 14 year old daughter will be on the street by then.

I said all that to lay a foundation of what is really doing on and how I can do to fix it. I can’t spend the next few months doing physical therapy (which my insurance won’t fully cover) and the possibllity of having surgery form this neuro surgeon.

I feel stuck with a doctor that either don’t believe I am in so much pain or he has no idea of making a proper diagnosis of what is going on. The doctor said that doing my same job is just going to make it worse not better. Do I have any options other than to work till I’m crippled or should I look for another doctor that knows more about what is going on.

Sorry I posted so much but when it’s 1:00am and I’m wide awake from pain but something has got to give.

Sep 20, 2017 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I may have introduced myself in the wrong place. I’m Anthony, not real sure how this forum is laid out but I am really hoping to find some answers to my lower back/leg/hip/pain and numbness/pins & needles.