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5 years 1 month ago #13568 by Mary
Mary replied the topic: update: getting worse, time for action
Hi Bekj,

Sorry that you are having such a bad time at the moment. I think that your plan to head back to your doctor on Monday is the best plan. He/she may be able to get you in to see a specialist. I have had spinal surgery and, for me, it was not successful. I think they may have fixed the facet joint narrowing that I had but I have had chronic nerve pain ever since. It will depend entirely on what your doctors tell you after you have been investigated. If there are few, if any, changes since 2002, then they may suggest more conservative methods. Spinal surgery is a big step and if you already have chronic pain it isn't always successful. But, as I said before, all will depend on what happens after you have had a thorough investigation.

As far as the Disability Pension goes. As far as I know (unless it has changed), your GP can fill out the appropriate forms to get things started. Then there is an interview with Centrelink, followed by another interview with a case manager who i think is actually a psychologist. If all is well after that, then you become eligible for the Disability Pension. I know that they have made changes to the criteria this year. However, since you are the carer of a 6 year old, I would think that would be taken into consideration.

The first step will be to see your GP on Monday.

Good Luck, I hope it goes well for you.


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5 years 1 month ago #13571 by Oxytotem
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Hey Bekj,I used to go to a chiro,and he actually made things worse,they say pharmacists and dentists are failed doctors,well god knows what some chiropractors are!if anything makes you feel uncomfortable in treatment,then it's probably doing damage.i went to a chiro that was quite well known and spoke to him about both lower back and neck problems, he tried adjusting my neck, and told me to relax and stop tensing,I was,he said wow your neck muscles are really stiff and ended up trying anyway and gave me some serious careful with these things and if you no longer attend a practice, for future reference,get a synopsis of each visit,in case the problems get worse.i also seen a psychio about lower back pain,she tried acupuncture in the lower back and i got extreme pain and screamed and felt drowsy and horrible for hours afterwards p.s didn't help.just be careful with these types of treatments,they can sometimes do more damage than good.always get a written synopsis of treatments after every visit.i learnt the hard way.i know it's hard,but keep up with the Pilates,the last time I went to the hospital orthopaedic unit I was given stretches coinciding with Pilates and minimal actual manipulation of the spine.core strength is key to lower back injuries,I cannot stress this enough!good luck and take care mate.

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5 years 1 month ago - 5 years 1 month ago #13574 by Eliza
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Hi Bekj,

Like Mary I have had a double spinal fusion just over 2 years ago and I also have chronic nerve problems as well. Yes get the MRI and your gp will probably refer to a neurosurgeon. And make sure you get a few opinions something I didn't do and now I wish I did.

It sounds like you have lots of different issues so it must be very hard looking after your little one. Oxy is right core strength and posture is very important. I go to hydro-therapy though this actually stirs up my nerve pain, I persevere because its keeping me strong and walking. I'm wondering do you have the nerve problems in your feet? I do and it's just plain nasty. I just doubled my dose of Lyrica tonight because its cold and I am suffering horrific nerve pain tonight. What meds do you take for your condition, you mentioned having tolerance. What did the hospital do for you and why didn't they do a scan last night if you were in so much pain, its been 10 years since you had one.

How did you like the pain clinic? Did you do a course in pain management?

I wish you well on Monday.
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5 years 1 month ago #13575 by grappers
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Bekj when I went onto the pension the doctors filled out all necessary forms for centre link, after they were processed I had an appointment with an assessor who was in charge of writing a report, even with all the medical information stating how severe my back injury was it was declined, don't let this get you down, I appealed the decision, the second assessment was conducted by a physio, he took one look and shook his head in disbelief I was knocked back, anyway I am know on the pension, so remember if you get knocked back the first time appeal.
As for a spinal fusion I can't help with that one, but I wish you luck and hope all goes well and helps get you back on your feet, backs are buggers when they get damaged, it's not only the back affected and no fun when your legs let go, that I experience once to often.


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