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Handicap Parking Tag

Feb 19, 2015 12:09 PM

I finally got a handicap parking tag! It is only a temporary tag, good for 6 months. I asked my pain Dr. if she would sign the paperwork for me to have one. She agreed. Kinda made me mad though cuz she told me that I should only use it on my really bad days. She doesn't want me relying on assistance aids on a regular basis. I think this is because I was sent to her to treat my neck and back problems (to be hopefully treated by surgery at some point) and not my fibro, etc. After waiting an hour and a half in agonizing pain in horrible metal folding chairs at the DMV I received my placard. The lady that helped me was so nice! And I am so grateful! Ok enough of my rambling... Just had to vent/share.

Feb 19, 2015 12:43 PM

Hi Horns Hold My Halo ! I know what you mean about the Dr telling you that . I have had my handicapped parking tag since 2006,I have a problem with people other than the person who needs this using it. In Texas where I live I see this all the time and there is never enough handcappedparking spots. It is soo frustrating to see someone get a spot hop out and run into the store and there is nothing visibly wrong with them. I am able to get around a little better than I could now that I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in July,2013. I still have problems walking but I'm not dependent on using a wheelchair anymore since I have lost 80 lbs. Still got another 50 to go. But I have Syringomyelia, Fibro, Arthritis, an Herniated disk and uprooted nerve, Carpel tunnel in both thumbs, I had anteriordiskectomy on 5,6,and7. I also have other medical problems I won't mention at this time. I have good days as well as bad days today is a bad one.Be sure when you go get your placard that you get two incase you are riding with someone you can use the 2nd one their car. Best of luck

Feb 19, 2015 1:49 PM

I am on my 2nd temporary disability card. My doctor said about the same about using it when I need it. I think it is because for some exercise makes them better. Doctors don't realize just a "simple" trip to the store can set you off. I use mine all the time because I have went to get some groceries and by the time I got a few things I could barely make it back to my vehicle. I try to walk a few times a week and that seems to make the doctor happy even though I say I can't go far or fast. I also told the doctor using the card allows me to actually go for a walk because i don't waste my energy in the parking lot. All which is true sometimes you just have to jump through the hoops and show valid attempts. I think they think at times fibro people are just lazy.

Feb 19, 2015 2:28 PM

I don't have one but there are days I wish I did. Only there are never enough handicap spaces anywhere. I think everywhere should have 2 for every 10 spaces as handicap, and then additional "mobility challenged" (mc) spaces. And the DMV should issue the mc cards by doctors referral just like handicapped. One of my doctors offices provides mc spaces.

Feb 19, 2015 3:06 PM

Hi all
If you need it, USE IT. It shouldn't matter if it's a "bad" day or not! If you use it then your body might not get in a "bad" day. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis which chronic pain in my spine. It's one of those disease where I don't "look" sick. But I don't care what people think cause it makes my life a little easier and isn't that what it is for?

Feb 20, 2015 1:04 AM

That's pretty much what I think too! I'm gonna use it. When I have to go to the grocery store I am worn out by the time I get in and to the back of the store, let alone have my shopping done and get home. I will use every little bit of help I can! Especially if it could help keep me from hurting as much or going into a major flare!

Feb 20, 2015 9:43 AM

If I had one I'd definitely use it. What makes me mad are the ones who use it in the absence of the handicapped or physically challenged person. 🙅

Feb 20, 2015 1:29 PM

Flappys that makes me mad too! Those spaces are there for the people that NEED them... NOT for people who are too lazy to walk. You should ask your Dr. to fill out the paperwork for you so you can get one. You have many more issues than I do from what I have read, I think you should have one to use. The worst thing that can happen is they will tell you no. I had to ask for mine.

Feb 20, 2015 1:40 PM

I got mine immediately and I usually don't use it because I always think that someone else is worse off. I also got my Disability immediately... I don't know if that makes me lucky or just really messed up... Smh!!

Feb 20, 2015 1:51 PM

Alwayz can I ask what you have been diagnosed with?

Feb 20, 2015 3:06 PM

Sure Horns... Ready, set...... GO!!!
Fibromyalgia, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, long thoracic nerve palsy, Graves Disease, spinal Spondylosis, thoracic Spondalytic myelopathy, scoliosis, moderate lordosis, spinal stenosis, my neck is filled with wires, screws, hardware, etc. Because I've had 5 Neurostimulator implants put in an removed again. I also suffer depression and anxiety.. I don't function well in groups and I isolate a lot because I deal with Fibro fog a lot and folks think I'm stoned all the time. (Ever thoUgh I'm not. I hope to rest for a bit... Stick a fork in me, I'm done!!! Btw... Best of luck to you.

Feb 20, 2015 3:58 PM

Thanks for the info Alwayz! I am so happy when I hear that someone is getting benefits without years of fighting! I also have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, my neck has a titanium plate and screws due to a 2 level fusion. It still causes me a lot of pain. I have herniated discs, bone spurs, nerve impingement and a schmorl's node in my spine. My insurance company has denied my back surgery, but my surgeon is appealing it. I also suffer from depression, anxiety and brain fog of various origin as well. I haven't filed for disability yet but have been unable to work since last summer. I guess I am afraid of them telling me no because my doctors don't believe me so why should they. I am so thankful for the support of all of the wonderful people here. You all help make my days more bearable! Thank you! 💕

Feb 20, 2015 7:10 PM

OMG, I re entry had a CT of ny spine and I have schmorle's Nodes (multiple) in my lumbar spine. When I checked that out, they are actually fractures.. I was surprised when the doctor explained in. You're the first person I saw here that has that, or, if anyone posted they had them, I missed it. As far as your denial of your surgery, that's just rediculous! You hang in there, you'll get everything you are supposed to have and fast!!! I'll keep on praying!!

Feb 20, 2015 7:56 PM

I'm praying for you too hornsholdmyhalo.

Feb 21, 2015 10:50 PM

What can qualify for disability? I am getting so many limitations that I really can't do my current job. But it's also ending soon anyway. I just know that once I leave for my surgery on my herniation in my neck I won't be able to go back to work.

Feb 23, 2015 12:39 AM

AlIya, you should qualify based on what you are dealing with. Even getting a temporary tag To get your foot in the door should help because you can then gather your medical records (newest), and they should make it permanent. I'll be praying for you. Good luck and best wishes

Feb 26, 2015 10:09 PM

Shockingly my PCP filled out my form today for a disabled parking tag. Even more shocked that he checked off "permanently disabled."

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