Hello to anyone who may read this,
My brief story and question at end:
I am only 51 years old, I have a condition that is limiting me to work as a vascular sonographer in a hospital that I have been working for almost 30 years. I am becoming disabled through repetitive motion and currently I am in continual pain to neck, shoulders and all joints in the upper body since JAN 2022. I have two small children, wife and a home, so I am blessed. Unfortunately I am becoming more limited daily and with working as a vascular sonographer, I am worsening my condition without a doubt because it is a measured effect. While I was also diagnosed with cervical disc herniation JAN 2022, no providers are willing to indicate that the disc is the cause, for which it might not be, but none the less, I am not doing well physically and now it is progressing mentally since. I have seen (2) orthopedic surgeons, (2) pain management physicians (no drugs ever!), PCP, Physiatrists and have completed physician therapy and all feel as if they do not know what is wrong, and it is most likely repetitive injury, and believe it or not, I have been told "hope for the best" by neurology. What have we become? One physician diagnosed me with "myofascial pain syndrome" which upon researching, has no definitive outcome or foundation of mechanics. All the muscle relaxers, gabapentin etc prescribed make me too drowsy and unwell, so I stick to Ibuprofen and Aleve.
I have been made fully aware of "perspective" since I have been treating patients for 30 years and even remember my first patient in school in 1992 who passed, so I have perspective on personal and world affairs not to mention the struggles of our history and the world's, but this does not change what is happening nor does it help navigate what needs to be done.
I have both long term work disability and an outside AMERIPRISE disability insurance plan since 2003, so in theory, I could pursue these, but the hurdles are unknown, for no one is able to guide and believe me, willing to assist., no one.
Has anyone ever experienced such a dilemma? I am informed legal counsel may be appropriate but how does that work. Has anyone reached out to AARP to assist with synthesizing all the data needed to navigate, is this even a resource AARP has provided for someone in the past?
Enough of my "sad" story, I am shamed in even writing this, but the reality is looking me in the face every minute.
If any one reads this, or would like to respond, at least I can get even a further perspective of someone else's struggles in pursuing "long term disability". Like I said, I have been in medicine for 30 years and am quite aware of the "black hole" of medicine for injuries such as mine. I am sure there are several persons on here who have unanswered pain conditions.