It all began like any
good nightmare. Once upon a time there was
a boy named Billy in the pursuit of furthering his career became
involved in Sales at a Connecticut powerboat company. The goal
gain sales experience to further an Engineering position. They
happily married and things were good. One day while at work the
of the company asked if he would assist in lifting very heavy
the count of three Billy did lift with all his might, only to see the
load not budge an inch. At the laugh of his companion, he learned
did not lift, making a joke out of it.
The first week was the
type of pain you just figure will go away.
didn't and the Motrin prescriptions began and three weeks later I was
at the doctor. Looking back now on fourteen years and I still
having deep concern for the future, even then. It was a year
that the first MRI was performed. The radiologist report
herniation of the disc space. I was referred to
Management in 1992 by a Neurosurgeon and accepted for treatment.
Upon notification Nationwide denied
treatment. The Neurosurgeon did a second referral to Nationwide,
they ignored. The doctor then did what I felt was much unprecedented at
the time, he referred me to a Chiropractor in Manchester CT. By
time the acute pain had become chronic and I could not sleep more than
an hour or work at all. I spent the next ten years in
and I have had over 2200 adjustments to my spine. I will also
I have taken over 20,000 Tylenol.
refused numerous requests for Chiropractic treatment that
was a legitimate referral. I had numerous falls and periods of
being able to walk for those ten years, but nothing like the summer of
2003. Nothing worked. I went to Hartford Hospital Emergency Room
am with the intention of getting help or getting arrested. They
so nice to me, no one could have been mean. I felt like I was
getting help. The result was a series of injections for pain
and diagnosis. In 2004 I had a very painful (I hope I don't scare
anyone) but necessary procedure, discogram, to exactly identify the
pain. It turned out to be the disc, as right from the beginning,
the muscle the nay-sayers lied about. I was given the option for
fusion, but they also mentioned a better procedure expecting FDA
late 2004 and I should wait if I could. I waited and hung onto
life has remained.
When FDA approval was given in October 2004
artificial disc, I was seen and qualified in November and could have
been pain free by the holidays if Nationwide would pay. They
wouldn't. The Commissioner of Worker Compensation and Nationwide
mentioned a Connecticut doctor they believe was better than the NYC one
I had seen. I failed to mention to them I already had an
to see him. (Let me tell you one thing I learned is not to jinx
things). So in effect, their doctor has qualified me for
Artificial Disc Procedure but they are denying me payment because they
have a doctor that says I don't need surgery. The doctor that
have saying this has not reviewed the Discogram Report as the pain
generator and was not informed of the two other Orthopedic Surgeons
recommendations for surgical intervention, (one they have
recommended). He was informed that 4 MRI's and one CT Scan all
indicative of annual tearing and disc herniation but refused to
respond. He was informed that my test score on the major low back
questionnaire indicates I need surgical intervention due to loss of
several life functions, but he refused to consider it.
So we have
dilemma where in 3 dayss I am scheduled to have some real major
surgery and someone must be right and someone must be wrong and I
in the middle of the conflict I am going to get to the bottom
own diagnosis is I am sick and tired of being
and tired, and after 14 years continuing chronic pain, loss of my
family and home, I can not live like this any longer.
When you don't see me on the picket line and it is raining or cold, or
raining and cold , I am home in much pain like today.
May 28, 2005 was a great day for picketing. Many thanks to all
supporters, you great honkers.
June 27, 2005 Surgery I paid for, has been an improvement and I will be
able to expend endless hours fighting Nationwide. We are planning
a visit to Ohio Corporate this year.
Need your ideas and
support email me .