- Age 55+
- 198 lbs
- 5' 7"
- Hindsville, AR
- Injury Status In Pain
- Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? No
- Doctor/Care Giver Dr. James Blankenship
- Number of Surgeries 1
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
In November of 2006, my lower back got injured at work while keeping a meth head from escaping from jail. Arkansas' Workers Comp refused to accept responsibility for my back injury, although they took responsibility for the injuries to my elbow and knee that occurred at the same time. I had to have two surgeries each on my elbow and knee, and my specialist still wants to do a complete knee replacement on my knee. My lower back had a herniated disc that was found during an MRI that I had to get when the pain just wasn't getting any better and I had to finally go to a Specialist, yet the "shop doctor" the Department sent me to only took an X-ray and said it was only a "bruised muscle" that could take up to a year to heal, but I was fine to go back to work with no restrictions. Workman's Comp, in a 2-1 Decision, refused to take responsibility for my back, so it left ME to pay for my $92,000 back surgery. The surgery left me in WORSE pain than I was in BEFORE the surgery. I was diagnosed with INTRACTABLE PAIN after the surgery, and was referred to a Pain Management Specialist who prescribed Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and other pain meds for me. I also now have major depression, panic attacks, and PTSD that I take medication for. I am unable to work any longer, so I have had to go on Social Security Disability, which only pays 1/3 of my regular salary, and we have finally had to file Bankruptcy after years of treading water month after month. Arkansas Workers Comp has destroyed my life just as much as my Back Surgeon has, and I am unable to sue either one!!!!! If I had to do it all over again, I would NEVER have the back surgery and would try to find another way to fix the herniated disc. Arkansas also needs to fix its Workers Comp so it benefits the worker and not the business like it's supposed to.