Shoulder Surgery Work Related Question!!

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   I just had arthroscopic shoulder surgery about 3 weeks ago. I have had bad shoulders all my life with dislocations or I should say partial dislocations, my right shoulder got so bad on me that I couldn’t hardly use it at all so I was working one day and went to lift a heavy piece of equipment pulled something went off on comp and they sent me to three surgeons which two of them said that my shoulder was really bad and that it is basically wore out. When the third surgeon seen me he didn’t act like it was that bad as the other two surgeons and said he didn’t agree with what the other surgeons said but once he got me in surgery I was in there over two hours and once he done all he could do he came out and said that it was worse than what he thought and also said it would last for awhile but it was really bad. He ended up having to put pins in there and some kind of rope or something to hold stuff together. He is now saying I won’t ever be able to lift over my head or lift heavy things at all, Also he said the only way I could lift is straight up from the floor nothing away from my body. I’m 47 years old been working for the same company for 27 years and the doctor won’t come out and say I can’t go back but he is saying all these things I have listed above, my question is what do I do and do I need to sign-up for disability or what? I don’t want to get stuck without any income coming in and don’t know what to do in this situation if someone could give me some input on what do ask or do in this situation I would really appreciate the help!!

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    WOW! I'm so sorry to hear about that! Are you on WC now? If so what did your WC manager say or even Dr. Say? Someone else on this site said they couldn't work anymore due to their situation too. How long do you have to be on your job to retire? Check into your options first before going for disability. I really feel bad for what you have been going through!! I hope you get some relief and that everything else is taken care of! I will keep you in my prayers! Please keep us posted.

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    Thanks for preyers, yes I am still on W/C now, as for retirement yes my company has a retirement at the age of 65 which I’m not even close to yet but they can give me a early retirement pension if they want to but it’s all up to the company. I would just like to know my chances of getting disability with the info I have gave in my statement, also why wouldn’t my doctor just come out and say I can’t do my job anymore just to help me out with trying to take care of me and my family income if he is saying that I won’t be able to use my arm above my head and also can’t lift heavy items away from my body. I mean if I can’t do anymore with my arm than that then there is no-way I can perform the job I do because that is all my job consist of is lifting and a lot of weight at that. Anyway, thanks again & if anyone reads this and has went through something like this please chime in and give me some advice on what steps I need to take at the moment please!! Thanks 

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    Ask your doctor, "what percent disability are you?"  You will then need to tell your employer's WC insurance carrier.  You should have a WC insurance case manager.  That person will then send forms to your doctor to fill out regarding your "disability?" and talk of money will come into play.   Additionally, are you on FMLA?  Are you in the USA?  I think after you gather your wits, you may want to go back to one of the other orthopaedic surgeons who initially evaluated you.  Why?  Because you may need their medical expertise to re-evaluate your current situation 1-the surgery that was performed.  I assume you are speaking of anchors (screws) and sutures (rope).  Did you have rotator cuff repair? Did any of these orthopaedic surgeons discuss shoulder replacement surgery with you?  If not, why not?  Outcomes should have been laid out clearly to you before the surgery.  You may eventually speak to a personal injury/malpractice attorney.  The attorney will tell you he won't be able to help you until you are recovered which could take a year give or take.    Back to your employer.  I would not be telling your employer that you have prior shoulder issues. That information could dilute financial recovery.  If you have shared those tidbits, don't speak of it anymore. Get out a piece of paper and start writing things down.  Orthopaedic surgeons can go back in and do "revision" surgery to a botched shoulder repair.  Gather your wits, write down your plan.  Stay calm.  When do you start PT?  Why did your employer have you lifting heavy items that you could not left with both arms?  Employers need to make work accommodations based on medical needs.  Back to your surgery:  what exactly did the surgery do?  What is the name of the procedure? Post updates when you can or keep asking questions for thoughts and ideas.  Good luck!

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      Thanks for all info here on my issue, yes if I ever get to talk to my surgeon I will ask him what percentage, I’m not on FMLA they just put me on comp only & yes I have a workers comp agent that I report to, also I think it was some kind of pins or plastic pieces with suture rope that he put in my shoulder, I really don’t know what they did in there except pulled some things up and re-attached it and removed a lot of scar tissue and I really don’t know what else. Like I said in other post I had two other surgeons tell me that it was so bad in there that I would probably need a shoulder replacement down the road, one told me that my cartilage supposed to be 4mm thick and mine is like 1mm. I know this one told my wife that I wouldn’t ever be able to lift away from my body and I would never be able to use or lift my right arm over my head. Thanks again for all info!! Thanks 

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    Hi alll! You might remember me by getting the cortisone injection that I thought paralyzed my hand and fingers would not move! Well, I was diagnosed with 2 brain tumors! 1 surgery already for biopsy! I have to go Tuesday to the pathology board to see what further treatments I need! Laser? Chemo? Don’t know yet! So much for the idiot doctor that never took a test, yet told me I had a stroke! Hope to find you all safe and sound! Pay attention to small signs!
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      Hello Nick:

      I'm sorry to hear that! I don't understand what's going on with some of these doctors; they're supposed to help people and save lives! Not to take the right tests or even bother to take any tests, is crazy! We all know our own bodies, and we know when something isn't right! I can't stand when some doctors tell you they're not sure what it could be; then just take whatever tests you need to take!! Just like insurance companies wanting you to go through so much, before you get approved for some tests, but how do they know certain things aren't just causing more problems??? It's just so sad the things people have to go through!! I will definitely keep you in my prayers! I'm really sorry this is happening to you! Please continue to share your updates. Keep the faith, and don't stop believing!

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      Nick

       Preyers for you my friend, so sorry about what your going through there. Hope & preying everything works out for you!! Preyers 🙏🏻

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      Thank you Normita! Shocked me for sure! I hope your feeling better, just pay attention to the small things! I would have never thought it would be this bad, considering it was started from involuntary finger movement! Stay safe and healthy as you can and I will keep you in my prayers also🙌🏽🙏🏼🙌🏽

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      Thank You! Well my 2nd MRI order for my neck has been denied again last week, and I can't believe it!! It's just so stressful. I just want to find out WHY I'm having all this neck pain on the same side that I had my SLAP surgery; 2 months after! I want to go back to work; I miss the little ones, but I know I'm no good to anyone with all this pain! I guess I'll keep calling the one doctor's office and try to get this stuff taken care of once and for all!! I'll let you know more too once I find out. Thank You to Nick for sharing your story! God bless!

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      Hi Nick. I wanted to let you know that the MRI for my neck was submitted to WC and they approved it on Wednesday! I will be having it done on Monday Feb. 5th. Prayers truly work; Praise the Lord!!! How are things going for you; any changes?? Still praying for you too!
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      Hi Normita!  Take it slowly and recover as long as you can! Muscle spasms on the bad side are probably what’s causing discomfort until the surgery recovers and then some! I still get them! Your nerve is impinged which should be relieved once surgery Is Done! Make sure they release you with muscle relaxants, and you are comfortable going home! Make sure they take pics after surgery and keep the disc! Cover your butt! As for me, my treatment plan is in order! I have 5x a week radiation for 6 wks and 1 yr of chemo pills.... no hospital stay! The goal is to relieve the pressure on my central nervous system and shrink the tumors so I can regain movement to my left arm.... God willing! I have to get a custom made cast made of my head for targeted radiation! My goal is to live as normal a life I can! I am not afraid! Ty for all the prayers, as I will be praying for you as well! I will continue to keep you up on my treatments as I go Along! Godspeed my friend and best of luck to you! Don’t let them let you go before you’re ready! Positive attitude and don’t be in any hurry to get back to work! When you are feeling up to it, update and let me know how it all went! Take care and be well❤️
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      I did have a SLAP surgery in Aug. of last year, but it's this after the surgery that I started having all this neck pain and now shoulder/bicep pain,or bad spasms. I'll know more once I get the MRI for my neck; I hope!! I feel so bad for you; I'm really sorry about all your problems!! Will keep in touch!

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