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i need some advice!
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All started out with optic migraines, neck, shoulder and back pain. Since Feb. I have had an MRI, ENG, PT for my neck , PT for my vertigo, and seen my PCP alot. I told my employer about this and she sent me to WHP and they decided that I was limitting myself to what I could do and stiffened my neck. WC filed and denined. Was on FMLA for 10 weeks and a 30 day leave of absence. Almost out of time. Currently seeing a chiropractor.[/size] Come to find out 5 months later that what I have is misalignments to the cervical, and thoracic, spine which has caused all my vertigo like symptoms. No one yet will say that this is work related, although my PCP believes that it is, she is not a specialist in that area. I have an apt. with a specialist (who can determine work related or not) on Wed. and I am due back to work Thur. My PCP will not let me return to work (receptionist 5 years with no headset) due to my current health conditions. What do I do? Please Help
 
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Hi 0808 and welcome to the forum. I don't have any answers for you. I have a couple of ideas that may help you in the long run. You need to do this before you go to see the specialist next week so that you can take some organized and thought out information to him.

First, write down dates, and times when you were experiencing the different pains. Attempt to remember what you were doing that day. Where there any possible triggers to the type and location of pain.

Second, think about your environment. What kind of chair did you sit in, how far is the chair from the desk. What kind of equipment did you use at the desk? Did you use a telephone, what kind, did you have a computer, what kind of screen and what kind of work did you do on that computer. Where are your arms when you are sitting or typing or answering the phone etc. Did you raise your arms above your head much to give things to people etc. What kind of lifting did you do other than sitting at the desk. This is just a few ideas.

I may have a few others later...good luck...Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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red1030 Wrote:Hi 0808 and welcome to the forum. I don't have any answers for you. I have a couple of ideas that may help you in the long run. You need to do this before you go to see the specialist next week so that you can take some organized and thought out information to him.

First, write down dates, and times when you were experiencing the different pains. Attempt to remember what you were doing that day. Where there any possible triggers to the type and location of pain.

Second, think about your environment. What kind of chair did you sit in, how far is the chair from the desk. What kind of equipment did you use at the desk? Did you use a telephone, what kind, did you have a computer, what kind of screen and what kind of work did you do on that computer. Where are your arms when you are sitting or typing or answering the phone etc. Did you raise your arms above your head much to give things to people etc. What kind of lifting did you do other than sitting at the desk. This is just a few ideas.

I may have a few others later...good luck...Red
 
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Hi 0808 I am sorry that I left so fast. I had someone at the door. The above are questions that I believe this specialist will ask you and I am sure many more. When I think of a few more I will write again.

I did want to welcome you and tell you that you have found an excellent website for workmans' compensation issues. Ask your questions and rest assured that someone will be a long with some answers or options, possibly websites to help you etc.

Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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0808 Wrote:
red1030 Wrote:Hi 0808 and welcome to the forum. I don't have any answers for you. I have a couple of ideas that may help you in the long run. You need to do this before you go to see the specialist next week so that you can take some organized and thought out information to him.

First, write down dates, and times when you were experiencing the different pains. Attempt to remember what you were doing that day. Where there any possible triggers to the type and location of pain.

Second, think about your environment. What kind of chair did you sit in, how far is the chair from the desk. What kind of equipment did you use at the desk? Did you use a telephone, what kind, did you have a computer, what kind of screen and what kind of work did you do on that computer. Where are your arms when you are sitting or typing or answering the phone etc. Did you raise your arms above your head much to give things to people etc. What kind of lifting did you do other than sitting at the desk. This is just a few ideas.

I may have a few others later...good luck...Red

I have done all of that. WPH sent an adjuster to my workstation and said that my desk was to high, my chair was to big, my keyboard was to low, and my monitor was to high and that my phone was to far away from me and that I needed a headset. Work got me a headset and that was it.
 
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Even if you have done all of this, make sure you have it all together for the specialist. If this is a person who can identify whether it is work related, this is the kind of information he or she will need to know. Also, write the date of when your organization made the changes, and what changes they made. Good luck to you...Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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red1030 Wrote:Even if you have done all of this, make sure you have it all together for the specialist. If this is a person who can identify whether it is work related, this is the kind of information he or she will need to know. Also, write the date of when your organization made the changes, and what changes they made. Good luck to you...Red

There is only one problem, the adjuster was from my works insurance company and I do not have a copy of that report. I don't know if I am entitled to it or not. As far as work goes, they don't know that I am pushing the issue. i spoke to someone at WC and they said that at this point they dont need to know.
 
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Maybe they don't since they denied it - but just because they denied it at this point doesn't mean that it's not work related and that you can't still fight it. You may need an attorney to fight it being work related and all - but if the injuries you are describing are caused by the fact that your area is not set up for you to get at without getting injured then you may have a claim and a good work comp attorney would be worth contacting once you have the report that says it is work related.

If you don't have the report as to what they said - just tell the specialist what you posted here. Describe your work area and how it is not ergonomically set up for you. Sometimes they will set it up for someone else and not care about others. I.e. big chair because another person may be larger than you. Sometimes they expect you to move things to your benefit or within your reach - I can't say. But at least explain what you have to do day in and day out at your job and be honest about it.
 
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What happens next if the specialist says it is work related and I contact a lawyer. I am suppose to return to work thur. and my apt. is Wed. and my PCP will not let me return to work, nor do I feel that I am able to work at this point. My job and insurance is on the line.
 
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#10
Hi 0808..if the specialist says it is work related, and your doctor agrees, and then you get a lawyer, most likely your lawyer will walk your through completing a report for the state. Then the report will be reviewed by your company's IC for W/C. At that point most states say that you have to be off 7 days before W/C starts to pay a percentage of your income. That percentage varies from state to state. You can use sick days if you have them for the days that you are off. Good luck to you....Red
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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