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disc damage and wc questions - backpainfla - 08-05-2010

i just found this site! i got hurt in october of 09' ive i have a total of nine herniated discs in my back l4-l5& l5-s1 in my lumbar and t4-t5 threw t10-t11! actually 4 are bulging and protruding and five are herinated! anyways ive done physical therapy , traction , massage therapy, 4 epidurrals and it hasn't helped actually the pain has only gotten worse! i went to my "surgeon " and he says im inoperable cause no surgeon would attempt my thoracic and my lumbar isn't bad enough to do surgery! he put me at mmi and ordered and fce i was on light duty sedetary, but it was honestly making things worse for me! so im now on no work status until an fce can be determined! and im awaiting a psych evaluation for depression, im 31 with two young kids and a wife to support and it has been my worst night mare tryin to hold everything together!now im at pain management and they are going to try facet injections to try and block some pain! what should i expect from this fce and since my dr has tranfered care to my pain managment dr it seems as if this is my only option! any help would be greatly appreciated!


thanks alot !backpainfla!


RE: disc damage and wc questions - backpainfla - 08-05-2010

also this is in florida where from what ive been told is one of the worst states to be an injured worker in!!!


RE: disc damage and wc questions - 1171 - 08-05-2010

this site has a nice search function at the top of this page that will pull up a list of posts with much information about FCEs. this subject and most others have been discussed a lot on these boards.
it should be one of the first option most new posters should try.
reviewing a lot of basic information will allow you to refine your post to very specific questions that can be of the most help to you and the many others who read this site.
give it a try and we'll be glad to help.


RE: disc damage and wc questions - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 08-05-2010

Pain managment is your option and the best one at that. Surgeon is correct, as the Thoraic spine isn't something surgeons wish to try and operate on. I't can kill you, or cripple you if they do try surgery.


RE: disc damage and wc questions - backpainfla - 08-05-2010

backpainfla Wrote:also this is in florida where from what ive been told is one of the worst states to be an injured worker in!!!

1171 Wrote:this site has a nice search function at the top of this page that will pull up a list of posts with much information about FCEs. this subject and most others have been discussed a lot on these boards.
it should be one of the first option most new posters should try.
reviewing a lot of basic information will allow you to refine your post to very specific questions that can be of the most help to you and the many others who read this site.
give it a try and we'll be glad to help.
yah i seen the search option after i posted this thread thanks!


Bad Boy Bad Boy Wrote:Pain managment is your option and the best one at that. Surgeon is correct, as the Thoraic spine isn't something surgeons wish to try and operate on. I't can kill you, or cripple you if they do try surgery.
I just have a hard time excepting that this is what i will have to deal with for the rest of my life! And with this fce thing coming i dont unnderstand is this just for them to determine my "dissability rating" and if so what does this mean to me and my wc benefits?


RE: disc damage and wc questions - 1171 - 08-05-2010

no, an FCE is not a rating exam.
it can help the doctor measure progress in your recovery.
not all FCE are the same and not all physicians use them.


RE: disc damage and wc questions - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 08-05-2010

as 1171 stated. Unless you know the reasoning behind why an FCE has been ordered, it's hard to say what it is going to be used for.

Your best bet might be to go apply now for Social Security Disability.

http://www.ssa.gov/disability/


RE: disc damage and wc questions - backpainfla - 08-05-2010

im just kind of confused cause my nuero surgeon checked off that im at mmi but did not give me a rating and released me from his care to have an fce to determine work status! this also bugs me that my attorneys have no answers for me they just say now that my pm dr is now my treating physician and they are waiting for the surgeons notes because i am entitled to a one time chang in physician but they dont think its nessesary , but in the mean time im stuck in limbo and dont know what to do! i was released over two weeks ago and still no appt for psych or for fce and they just keep tellin me theyre waiting for transcriptions!


RE: disc damage and wc questions - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 08-05-2010

From all you wrote today, it's seems your attorney is on the ball. I don't see different.

From what you just wrote, you answered your question on the FCE. It's to see where you will not fit into the work system, if your able to at all.

Have you filed for Social Security Disability, and if not, why not?


RE: disc damage and wc questions - backpainfla - 08-05-2010

no i havent filed yet because they haven't determined if im dissabled yet. i was under the impression i had to wait for my atty to advise me to file for disability. so far i havent been givin any sort of ratings. untill about two weeks ago ive spent the last 9 months on sedetary duty and since the beginning i was tellin all the drs that it was killin me to sit there, he finally put me on no work at my last appt with him when he released me from his care.