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08 Jul 2014 08:25 #1035 by Charlotte
*is happy the Swedish system doesn't work that way even if the Swedish system doesn't always work too well either*
If the doctor orders it, we get it. Though if it's a VERY pricey treatment there might be issues...

Also, I had one doctor say I should get an MRI and another saying he couldn't get me that so he sent me on a cat scan. So I guess money's involved here too. (And both doctors were stupid - if they'd done their homework they could have just told me I was having a serious migraine attack with physical symptoms like numbness and aphasia (?) - anyway it was a textbook example and nobody told me what it was, I found out later from a collegue of mom's. Stupid docs. I was all worried for nothing.)

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08 Jul 2014 09:23 #1062 by Stuart
Supposed to be thinking about getting ready for work (leaving in an hour). That and trying to get motivation to paint!

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08 Jul 2014 09:31 #1065 by ArtbyAlReid
I was intending to make some fan art of Mine Craft. Which is a strange thing to say as I'm not much of a fan.

Instead I found this shiny new forum! :woohoo:

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08 Jul 2014 09:45 #1067 by Charlotte
Yay for shiny new forums! :woohoo:
Welcome Haywire! :)

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08 Jul 2014 12:12 #1101 by Charlotte
Was planning to do some painting (digital) but I hear now that we have thunder so I'll be offline for a while. Guess I'll do some knitting instead :P

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08 Jul 2014 13:45 #1107 by kazky
i'm at work, should be working, but i'm totally playing on the forum!

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08 Jul 2014 14:43 #1121 by Digital Dave

octoberstormxx wrote: They denied an MRI? Not to pry, but is the condition she may have serious? :( I am shocked they would deny that, how dreadful. Thank you. :)

No worries Madi, I will try to explain below. :)

Charlotte Ahlgren wrote: *is happy the Swedish system doesn't work that way even if the Swedish system doesn't always work too well either*
If the doctor orders it, we get it. Though if it's a VERY pricey treatment there might be issues...

Same here to a degree Charlotte, and they are quite expensive. She has actually had about 8 of these done in the past, but that was within the time span of around 18 years. And it's her back history that I think they are using against her now to deny the it. Again, I hope the information below might explain it better.

First, I will apologize up front for a possibly long post. Hard to understand without knowing some of the history. But will make it as short as possible.

She has two issues she's dealing with right now, one is loosing grip in her hands, and then another issue with her legs loosing strength. - For example, she recently dropped a medium sized jar of spaghetti sauce while trying to move it to the conveyor belt at the grocery store, which exploded on the floor between checkout isles. Said even though everyone there was very kind and understanding, she was so embarrassed and felt like a complete idiot. But said her hand just simple lost all strength and she couldn't hold onto it. - As for her leg issues, she's been having problems (mostly when using the stairs) with one of her legs simply going out and not being to put any weight on it. Says it takes her a moment or two before she can once again slowly put weigh on it. But when it happens, it's without warning, which if she is not holding on to the railing, could cause her to take a bad fall.

But you have to understand she has a history of issues that's been on-going since an accident she sustained back in 1996. (this is where the denial of the MRI seems to be originating from) ... Her doctor (our neighbor who resides just 4 houses from us) has requested the MRI on 3 or 4 occasions in the past year or so. But our provider has been denying the claim, saying the issues are probably related to her past injury and are requesting she go back into physical therapy for something like 3-6 months, so a full evaluation of treatments can be determined. ... The accident that she was involved in, was when a 300 lb. rolling cart at her work (about 8 feet tall) fell over and struck her. She was kneeling down moving some products on a lower shelf, and say she saw it falling toward at the last minute and was able to turn her head away, but her neck, back and right shoulder took the brunt of the impact. She immediately started having issues, with multiple muscle spasms throughout her back and neck, and ended up being in both physical therapy and pain management for the next 18 months. The company of course fought us on ever step, trying to say there was nothing wrong with her (per their company doctors evaluations), while the doctors she was seeing for therapy/pain management were actually giving her a 85% disability rating. But she ended up having a bulging disc in her neck that erupted, and put her the hospital to have surgery. They took a bone segment from her hip to fuse the C-5/C-6 disc on her neck, and installed a titanium plate with 4 screws to help stabilize this area. Afterwards the company finally agreed there were indeed issues, but still tried to do little to nothing for her. But the courts we ended up in, agreed with us, and made them liable for medical bills associated with the incident. ... But basically, she's been told by doctors that there are some pain issues they she will have to unfortunately have to learn to deal with, since there isn't much they can do. They tried nerve blocks, and other things that per my wife, hurt way worse then the pain she was dealing with. She has also been back in therapy a few times over the years, but said it doesn't seem to do anything for her. (And at times, was costing my around $500 a month in just co-payments, so you can see her reluctance to try it again now. - Along with all this, she is also on blood thinners for the rest of her life. She's been hospitalized on 3 separate occasions with massive blood-clotting on her lungs, and has been told she is extremely lucky just to still be here.

Well, that's most of it anyway and I did try to keep it short as I possible could. :) To say the least, we've been through a lot with all this medical stuff, so this recent denial is nothing we haven't had to deal with before. ... I just feel bad for her having to deal with so much crap, and she's only 46. But we've been together for 31 of those years, so yeah, don't do the math! :P

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08 Jul 2014 15:14 #1127 by Charlotte
Oh gosh Dave, that sucks. I still think it'd be different here - the insurance companies might want to argue but at least the employers wouldn't... On the other hand it seems to me people have to be half-dead and unconscious for doctors to think there might be something wrong... My dad always says you have to be very healthy to be able to manage being ill...

Give your wife a hug from the forum, Dave! It might not cure her or anything but hugs are always good!

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08 Jul 2014 15:40 #1131 by kazky
Dave that's awful, i'm sorry hugs to you both

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08 Jul 2014 15:44 #1134 by Thomgirl
Hey Dave,

I'll be praying for you wife and hope this all finds resolution for you guys. I'm sorry ya'll are having to put up with that crap :( On the other end, I think it's adorable you guys must have been high school sweet hearts! (Sorry, I did the math ;) )

As for what I should be doing... probably domestic things... like putting away the laundry and vacuuming. Or tackling some more remodel work on our house... or painting art, or searching for baby furniture... but you guys are all more interesting to stalk as of right now ;-)

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