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10-16-2013, 04:26 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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More than a month ago I injured my lower back and basically became pretty much totally disabled for a few weeks. So, I went to see my doctor, who xrayed my back and the result is that I have degenerative disk disease (mild). I then started physiotherapy and therapeutic massage, which is alot of work, by the way. And the massage is not that pleasant because it's deep tissue massage right on the painful areas.

What is interesting here is on the form I had to complete, one question asked if I believed that the physio and massage would help my condition - on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being extremely - yes). From past experience and hard work I had successful rehab on my tennis elbow, so I checked off #5.

In passing conversation with my masseuse, I asked her many questions about how I should handle self-massage at home - when she asked me how did I answer that particular question on the form. I replied that I believed with hard work I would improve and probably get back to normal quickly, which I am doing, as well as working at the same time.

She then stated that quite a few people come into rehab with the belief that they will never get better and remain disabled for the remainder of their lives. These people, she stated, always chose #1 on the form.

I have been wondering if these people can be classified as 'fake' disabled because they have mentally given up and, to me, seem to not want to try. What do you all think?

Also, in discussing this topic with hubby this morning, he stated that he had a conversation with his doctor who told him that many people come into his office looking for him to diagnose them as disabled so they don't have to work any more.

Then again, we have disabled people that are working have this to say.....

Quote:On the 8th of September, Dr Stephen Duckworth, the head of the Personal Independence Payment provider Capita, gave a number of interviews which built on his previous assertions in March that the new disability benefit package designed by the ConDem’s is liberating and enabling. The paralysed Capita boss believes that because he himself is disabled and can work so can 1 million other disabled people and by society expecting and accepting anything less, it is doing disabled people a disservice. Stephen who currently claims DLA himself believes that more than 1 million current recipients of DLA receive the benefit due to system failure and the way society is organised and proposes that people shouldn’t wait to get better before returning to work but should use work as some form of ‘therapeutic intervention’.

http://www.oneblogmanyvoices.com/dodging...ervention/

Do you think Stephen (disabled author of article) is kicking the disabled when they are down, or trying to empower them via suggesting they look for therapeutic work?
10-16-2013, 05:25 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Sarah Carver: We have a lot of people who have exhausted their unemployment checks and have moved onto Social Security disability.

Steve Kroft: This is, sort of, a bridge between unemployment and collecting Social Security.

Sarah Carver: Generally, yes.

Steve Kroft: Are they disabled?

Sarah Carver: Not always, no.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57...?pageNum=2
10-16-2013, 07:20 PM #3
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Hmmm.

I had a frozen shoulder. My elbow wouldn't go above my shoulder and my hand wouldn't go behind my back.

The therapy was basically staying in stretching positions for 90 seconds plus.

I found it was easiest just to put my hand over the top of a door and hang from it (since I couldn't relax the position).

I'm 100%.

But rehab isn't fun.
10-16-2013, 07:34 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I had that problem in the 1980's when I worked two jobs...day then night...basically for travel and other luxuries money. Then one day I woke up and could not lift my arm at all. I was advised by the doctor to quit working both jobs and do rehab, which I did and I recovered, but it took a very long time.
10-16-2013, 07:35 PM #5
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Glad you two are better now. cheers.gif
10-16-2013, 07:55 PM #6
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Sorry to hear about your back US. These things can take a long time to heal, but I think you're doing the right thing. Or at least I'd do the same thing.

I don't think all disabled can work, but certainly should there be some type of work a lot of them could handle. There are way to manage your condition whatever it may be and working could be one of them. dunno.gif
10-16-2013, 08:07 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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cheers.gif Thanks, AS. My back condition will never get better, perhaps worse with age, but I'm not going to let it disable me.

Very well worded Octo, that's exactly what I think should happen.

It would have been easy for me to just collect gov't disability and drag the rehab out for a long time, that is, if I wanted an extended vacation from working.
10-16-2013, 10:40 PM #8
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(10-16-2013, 04:26 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  More than a month ago I injured my lower back and basically became pretty much totally disabled for a few weeks. So, I went to see my doctor, who xrayed my back and the result is that I have degenerative disk disease (mild). I then started physiotherapy and therapeutic massage, which is alot of work, by the way. And the massage is not that pleasant because it's deep tissue massage right on the painful areas.

There is no joy in stuffing pillows behind your back to let you flip over on your stomach so you can crawl to the people's room.

Hope you are doing better.
10-16-2013, 10:44 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-16-2013, 10:40 PM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  
(10-16-2013, 04:26 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  More than a month ago I injured my lower back and basically became pretty much totally disabled for a few weeks. So, I went to see my doctor, who xrayed my back and the result is that I have degenerative disk disease (mild). I then started physiotherapy and therapeutic massage, which is alot of work, by the way. And the massage is not that pleasant because it's deep tissue massage right on the painful areas.

There is no joy in stuffing pillows behind your back to let you flip over on your stomach so you can crawl to the people's room.

Hope you are doing better.

Yes, almost back to normal...but not quite. Thanks.



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