Hi everyone. I'm new to this community. I'm really stressed out. I've been on medical leave since mid May 2016. I have chronic severe back and leg pain. And chronic migraines. I've been trying to work through them because I love my job. But the pain gotten to be too much. So I went out on Short term disability. Well after 2 months my claim was denied saying pain is subjective. And more objective medical records are needed. Which of course angered me because that's easy for a person to say when they don't live with this pain on a daily basis. I'm only 34 years old. My Dr thinks is fibromyalgia but wants me to get tested for Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. Both run in my immediate family on my father's side. Does anyone have any experience with this and can offer advice on the steps to take to get my claim approved? I just want to get my pain under control so I can get back to living my life.
The back pain started in 2012. I went to reach behind my back to scratch it and a sharp pain shot through my back. That pain happened each time I reached behind my back. The pain subsided after a few days then my feet went numb (the feeling like when your feet fall asleep). That numbness quickly spread from both feet up to my mid thighs. My buttocks and my fingertips in both hands. The numbness lasted 24/7. It got to where I could barely walk or stand and had to stop driving because I could no longer feel the pedals. I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy which lasted for 10 months. During that 10 month period is when my back pain started. I've always had leg pain since I was a child but it was never as frequent as it is now. I have gone through physical therapy and my Dr just ordered another round.
I just felt like I should reach out to others who understand what I'm going through. Any suggestions on what I can do to get my short term disability approved (I have to submit an appeal) and maybe tests my doctor can run to narrow or diagnose what's causing my pain, it would be so appreciated.