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As some of you may know, I was laid off from work a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been struggling financially since we only have one income and my job search is proving fruitless. Add on the wedding planning and the fact that we're having to move back into my dad's house in Illinois and there's plenty of stress to go around... But it seems that the bad news just keeps on coming. I just found out that my fiance, who has an extra vertebrae fused to her hip, will be in pain the rest of her life. She just visited the chiropractor and they said that because the vertebrae is fused to the hip, there's no way of operating on it to remove it. The pain, I can tell, is unbearable for her, and she says she is having trouble even walking. Once we're married (next July) we won't be able to stay on either of our parent's insurance policies, and we're not sure if chiropractic coverage will be possible or even affordable. Her chiropractor said that the only way to help with the pain, other than medication, is to come in every week for the rest of her life and basically get realigned... I'm usually not a mid-day smoker, but I'm about to light one up.

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  • zeebrazeebra Posts: 3,174 ✭✭✭
    Sad to hear man, hope thing start changing for you man, I really do. My father just lost his eye sight in one of his eyes in January due to a tumor and I am helping him as much as I can! I do pray for you and your family and give you more blessings to a better daily life.
  • jasonusa1jasonusa1 Posts: 729
    illinoisgolf99:
    Once we're married (next July) we won't be able to stay on either of our parent's insurance policies, and we're not sure if chiropractic coverage will be possible or even affordable.
    Something else to consider.. I'm going to go out on a limb and say either way, married or not, both of you probably won't be able to stay on either of your parent's insurance policies much longer as it is (assuming you are both ~23yo and out of school)?
  • ToombesToombes Posts: 4,506 ✭✭✭
    So sorry to hear this, man. Seems that we're kinda in the same boat. My wife has two deteriorated discs and I was laid off from a job a month or so ago. I'll keep you both in my prayers. I truly hope things will work out for the both of you.
  • mmccartneydcmmccartneydc Posts: 3,407 ✭✭✭
    So sorry to hear that! If you would like a second opinion, feel free to email me those xrays and I'll take a look for you! Same with you Dan if you have any!
  • jlmartajlmarta 50 miles from ParadisePosts: 7,850 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm sorry to hear this, Jarett. I may have some info that could help.

    My child bride has arthritis in her spine. Arthritic growths pinch various nerves causing constant pain. She's been declared a 'non-candidate' for back surgery. In addition, she's had one knee replaced and now the other one is causing significant pain and will likely have to be replaced sometime soon. Since surgery isn't an option to relieve the constant pain, she's been treated at a pain management clinic. She's been through each of the preliminary steps of increasing the pain-control injections without satisfactory results. The next and ultimate step was to have an intrathecal pump installed just below her skin, similar to a pacemaker.

    This pump delivers mini-doses of morphine to a preselected point on her spinal cord. These mini-doses are tiny compared to what you'd receive via injection or pills but because it's delivered directly to the appropriate place on her spinal cord, it's incredibly effective.

    I strongly recommend that you look into a pain management clinic and ask about the pump. The doctor will probably insist on going through each of the preliminary steps but if they don't work, there's always the pump. It's been incredibly successful for us.

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  • crzydimnd68crzydimnd68 Posts: 139 ✭✭
    I think I would consult a specialist in the matter.And not go by what a Chiropractor says alone. Just my 2 cents.
  • HaybletHayblet Posts: 2,430 ✭✭✭
    crzydimnd68:
    I think I would consult a specialist in the matter.And not go by what a Chiropractor says alone. Just my 2 cents.
    I would tend to agree, get all the usage out of the insurance before you lose it (or whatever) and get a second opinion, sorry to hear about the slump Jarret,where in Illinois are ya moving to?
  • illinoisgolf99illinoisgolf99 Posts: 1,507
    Hayblet:
    crzydimnd68:
    I think I would consult a specialist in the matter.And not go by what a Chiropractor says alone. Just my 2 cents.
    I would tend to agree, get all the usage out of the insurance before you lose it (or whatever) and get a second opinion, sorry to hear about the slump Jarret,where in Illinois are ya moving to?
    Thanks for all the support guys, I really appreciate it. Hayblet, we'll be moving in with my dad back in my hometown of Champaign, IL for the time being. Until we get our situation under control it makes sense to live at home (no rent) and we can start getting some money in the bank.
  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,876 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am sorry to hear about all your bad news. I have a similar condition. My lowest vertebrae is fused on one side and restricts movement. I also have a broken sacrum which fused back together as well. I have back pain but not so severe it really restricts me. My chiropractor pretty much recommended the same thing of weekly treatment for the rest of my life. When I do go to the chiropractor I feel amazing compared to when I do not go for a while.

    Back pain is never fun. I would also seek a recommendation from a medical doctor as well. Dealing with all this hard stuff from the start should really solidify your relationship. If you can survive the tough stuff together it makes the good stuff so much better.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 10,048 ✭✭✭✭✭
    illinoisgolf99:
    As some of you may know, I was laid off from work a few weeks ago. My fiance and I have been struggling financially since we only have one income and my job search is proving fruitless. Add on the wedding planning and the fact that we're having to move back into my dad's house in Illinois and there's plenty of stress to go around... But it seems that the bad news just keeps on coming. I just found out that my fiance, who has an extra vertebrae fused to her hip, will be in pain the rest of her life. She just visited the chiropractor and they said that because the vertebrae is fused to the hip, there's no way of operating on it to remove it. The pain, I can tell, is unbearable for her, and she says she is having trouble even walking. Once we're married (next July) we won't be able to stay on either of our parent's insurance policies, and we're not sure if chiropractic coverage will be possible or even affordable. Her chiropractor said that the only way to help with the pain, other than medication, is to come in every week for the rest of her life and basically get realigned... I'm usually not a mid-day smoker, but I'm about to light one up.
    Trying to put a little brightness for you.

    You should REMAIN eligible for insurance through your parents, regardless of marital status.
    This is an excerpt from a Federal Law.

    Adult children will no longer be left to fend for themselves in their search for health insurance. The new federal health law requires that insurers give parents the option of keeping their adult children covered until they're 26 years old. It becomes effective for the health policy at the beginning of the plan year.

    New individual and group health plans that provide family benefits are required to extend coverage to young adult children, including those who had previously fallen off their parents' plans. However, if a child has an offer of insurance through a job, some group plans that were in existence when the law was enacted on March 23 can exclude the young adults from their parents' coverage. That exemption expires in 2014.

    Married children and financially independent children are eligible for the coverage, but their spouses or children are not.
    In Fumo Pax
    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

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  • jthanatosjthanatos Posts: 1,571 ✭✭✭
    PM to you Illinoisgolf
  • Roberto99Roberto99 Posts: 1,077
    Hayblet:
    crzydimnd68:
    I think I would consult a specialist in the matter.And not go by what a Chiropractor says alone. Just my 2 cents.
    I would tend to agree, get all the usage out of the insurance before you lose it (or whatever) and get a second opinion, sorry to hear about the slump Jarret,where in Illinois are ya moving to?
    +1 please go see a reputable neurosurgeon.
  • BigshizzaBigshizza Posts: 15,498 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Roberto99:
    Hayblet:
    crzydimnd68:
    I think I would consult a specialist in the matter.And not go by what a Chiropractor says alone. Just my 2 cents.
    I would tend to agree, get all the usage out of the insurance before you lose it (or whatever) and get a second opinion, sorry to hear about the slump Jarret,where in Illinois are ya moving to?
    +1 please go see a reputable neurosurgeon.
    +2 Sorry to hear that Jarrett. Research and try to get second and third opinions. Daily pain really sucks but it sounds like you're supportive and that's the best medicine. Pm me if you need anything..
  • illinoisgolf99illinoisgolf99 Posts: 1,507
    Thanks for all of the kind words and support my friends, we are going to be moving to Champaign, Illinois within the next month, to my dad's attic. Emily has also been talking with her parents and she will be able to stay on their insurance, which will help pay for some of her chiropractor appointments.
  • RainRain Posts: 8,960 ✭✭✭
    Glad to hear it man! Remember you got your BOTLs pulling for you.
  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 6,030 ✭✭✭✭
    Sorry to hear brother! I hope things get better soon!! But as far as chiropractors I think they are a sham!! I would go to a real doctor and get advise maybe from a specialist. But no kidding the chiropractor wants you to keep coming back and that nothing will fix it... More money for him! I've dealt with back issues and was always told to avoid chiropractors since they are just a temp fix and can make things worse
    Money can't buy taste
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