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Denied Short Term Disability...Pain is subjective

Jul 31, 2016 12:42 AM

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.

Jul 31, 2016 2:24 AM

Hello sweetheart⚘
my heart goes out to u.🌷
I am in England πŸͺso i have no idea what u should do... 🐫but there are manyπŸ‘­πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬ lovely people here that know. I just wanted to give u a gentle hug, and welcome u to the community x

Jul 31, 2016 12:44 PM

TyGamer, welcome to our community. I'm sorry that you're in this predicament. There are many, many (way TOO many) people here in the community trying to be approved for their disability benefits and are being turned down for them. Disability is NOT a government handout. It's money you have put away and your employers have contributed to all your working life. That money is YOURS and yet they do everything they can to deny you getting it. It's really a shame because the government uses OUR money without our permission and yet if WE owe money to THEM, they will sure hound you until you pay up. Something has to give for all of those waiting for their benefits. I wish you the best of luck and hope someone had some suggestions for you. Welcome aboard. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jul 31, 2016 1:15 PM

The crazy thing is I'm not even applying for disability through the government. I'm just applying through the benefits I have at my job. My job itself, the company is amazing. Best I've ever worked for. It's just the claims management company that are putting me through it.

Jul 31, 2016 1:28 PM

TyGsmer, I am so very sorry that you're having this trouble. Perhaps the head of human resources can help you out and guide you?

Jul 31, 2016 4:49 PM

Human resource first and second your doctor have to write a letter saying you know longer can't proform your duty etc etc etc

Aug 01, 2016 9:36 AM

Oh, that's really hard. Welcome to a great place! I hope you figure things out. Sending you hugs

Aug 03, 2016 12:49 PM

Big hugs to you TyGamer, & welcome to our community family! You didn't mention what type doctor you are under. Is it a PCP, pain specialist, Ortho, neurologist, rheumatologist, or what specialty? I had to take FMLA in 2010 to have surgery for a mass. Not only did they request records from my gym doc, but they got records from my PCP and cholecystitis surgeon. The doctors must document well and be willing to support your inability to work. I was approved for both short and long term through April 2011. It wasn't much $$ but it helped.

I have had back pain & problems with the discs all down my spine since 1985. I've seen a chiropractor and multiple orthopedic, neurology & pain specialists. Like you I can simply reach back or turn and my back suddenly locks down in pain & spasms. I had 2 surgeries on my neck in the 90's, and having a 3rd next Monday. I have DDD, OA, facet/foraminal/spinal canal stenosis, bulges, herniation or tears, and bulges all down the spine. MRI's & CT tests never really showed the major damage, unless they used dye, like a myelogram. A pain specialist brought me great relief from sciatica and pain for nearly 3 years. Unfortunately I can't get any epidural steroid injx (ESI's) until Mr neck issues are taken care of (3 levels).

If suggest going to your doctor(s) and asking them to provide support to receive the work disability. The more docs who support the easier it is. Good luck! Hugs love & prayers you get help soon! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Aug 03, 2016 3:46 PM

Thank you so much everyone! I went to my weekly visit with my therapist. We've only had about 3 sessions but she is going to try to get one of her colleagues to take me on as a patient. She also wants me to go to Chapel Hill so they can run tests and take into account all of my symptoms and find out what's going on with me. She told me she was looking over her notes and for the first time really took in all of the symptoms I'm having. She said she only realized then how much I've been dealing with on a daily basis. She told me "I don't know how you do it". I finally feel like I'm on the right path to getting answers and the care I need. And people are finally starting take my symptoms and pain seriously. I'm so happy I could cry.

Aug 04, 2016 8:58 PM

That's good news! Hopefully it will all work out as you need it to! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸ’•πŸŒΈ

Aug 06, 2016 12:02 AM

Thank you. Oh and my pain management dr is the one who filled out my short term disability paperwork. For the past couple of years my pain management dr is the main person I've been seeing for my pain. With the exception of the physical therapy I went through in 2014. The pain management dr has referred me to a rheumatologist and I started seeing a psychologist. The psychologist is the one who wants me to see another doctor who is a friend of hers and also the best doctor is this area. I live in a really small town so finding great medical care can be difficult. I'm also talking to another psychologist through my company's employee assistance program. So I'm doing everything I can to get help and find out what's wrong with me. I'm also trying to stay positive but I have my moments where fear and worry takes over. One of my symptoms scare me because it feels like someone is squeezing my sides and it is so painful. Of course I googled it and it's called the MS Hug. So that scares me that I may have MS. Like I said it runs in my family in my fathers side. I mean if it is MS I will persevere and deal with it as best I can. It's just scary.

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