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Lost in the process
#1
Hi everybody, glad I found this place.
I am really getting overwhelmed by this whole WC thing!
I always just feel so lost. Nobody seems to have answers to my questions, and nobody seems to care. I'm sure ya know what I'm talking about.

I worked as a tile setter/grunt for 6-7 yrs. For about a year I was having consistent but minor shoulder pain. It seemed to flare up a lot worse one month, and by the next I had to leave work due to the pain. I took several unpaid days off several times trying to heal on my own. Each time I could only work a few hours, too much pain, then return home. That's when I knew it was serious and filed WC

Anyways a year later!

I did PT at first with minor help. X-ray of shoulder was good. MRI of shoulder and upper back, showed bulging discs, osteophyte or two, and a tear in the scapula.
Did more PT for shoulder, then had MRI of neck. That showed more bulging discs and osteophytes. They think I have Cervical Arthritus and Facet Joint Syndrome.

I just had the steriod injection, or whatever it was, in the spine about 10 days ago. it was sore for two days, got a little better for two days. Was awesome for 1 day, then started getting worse. Now it's almost back to full pain.

My "two week follow up" is scheduled out five weeks. My average approval response time is 4-10 weeks. I hate it!

Anyways, sorry for the book I wrote, but I really wonder what's next? No one has laid out the process to me. I haven't been working at all due to labor intensive job with no light duty. I just want this part of my life in the rear view ASAP!!!
Should I start to prepare for leaving the construction trades?
I am only 30, isn't this too young for Arthritus?
Thank you for reading this and all responses are greatly appreciated

PS I'm in California



 
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#2
I am not up to speed on the California WC rules,lucky you 1171 will be along and answer your questions.In the meantime go to the off topics part of this site and get to know some of us...its the fun side
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#3
Thanks, fun hasn't been a part of my life recently
 
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#4
Keep pushing for pain relief. They always say Arthritus.
It's an easy way to git rid of someone. Normal wear and tear. Bahhhh
If the injection worked, see about getting some more
 
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#5
most of your questions seem to be medical in nature rather then specifically about the workers compensation insurance process.
if you don't have a doctor you can discuss your condition with, think about switching.
california allows you to see any doctor within the Medical Provider Network.
generally long standing symptomology is not correctable with simple treatment; degenerating bodily systems usually cannot be reversed.

you are right to be concerned about your body's ability to continue performing the type of work it has been doing. you should research degenerative disc disease.
upper extremity problems are often linked to cervical malfunction. there are many medical websites that can give you a clearer understanding of what could be happening-webmd, merck, etc.

ask your doctor for some references.
califnoria comp law does have some limited benefits for retraining if you become permanently disabled for your occupation
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/SJDB.html


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........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#6
Switch doctors you say...
I really like that suggestion, thank you.
I've only seen two Docs, my primary and my specialist. And by specialist I mean their assistant. Neither of them seem to care or to have any productive information for me. I have repeatedly told both that the few meds they give me do little to help manage my pain, and they never offer anything different.

I read some online info about splodylosis and facet joint syndrome. It can be kind of scary.
I wish I could go to PT for my neck. when I did PT it was all shoulder, as I didn't even have a diagnosis at the time. But their seem to be rules about number of visits...

I guess my main question is what happens now that the shot didn't work? I really was hoping it would last for months and in that time I could recover on my own.
Is it even a set process? Or is it up to your drs?

I'm seriously thinking about hiring a WC attorney...
Thanks again for your insight.
 
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#7
I'm not sure I understand your logic.
most attys know little about treatment and prognosis of shoulder pain.
I think you'll have more success with those that practice medicine rather then law.
do you have a legal issue you need help with as well?

Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#8
I guess I'm just assuming that an attorney would expedite the process?
I am sick and tired of waiting 4-10 weeks for approval every step of the way.
my specialist said they have 3-14 days to respond, yeah right!
My specialist even suggested I should see an attorney due to the ridiculous wait times.
I hate lawyers and understand their interest would be financial, but I really am reaching wits end with all the unessecary waiting.
I guess I'm just frustrated in general, lol.
The pain is just horrible and ruins almost every aspect of my life. I have a hard time caring and playing with my two young kids, it's coming between me and my wife. I've been going through depression, anxiety, weight gain. This is ruining my life and I feel like I'm gonna lose it if the pain keeps spreading and I can't find any mid-long term relief. I'm sure this is TMI, but I feel let down. I was always the hardest worker and put in 110% and this is what I get?!?
 
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#9
BTW those of you who choose to help people like me on this site are awesome.
I hope some good karma comes your way
 
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#10
This is a hard row to hoe and It takes a strong marriage to get thru this mess.We all have watched our marriages get stronger or fall apart.
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