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Posted by John k on 3/23/02 at 11:18 (077294)

My federal work comp doctor who treated my feet was just arrested for being part of a child pornograhpy ring. For you guys out there with work-related foot problems beware of the caliber of doctors who do these kinds of claims. The work comp situation is a horror story. I am on federal work comp but I hear state comp is even worse. When it comes to surgery you must be on your guard. Be skeptical of anyone who is in a hurry to cut.

Re: Worker's Compensation

Laurie R on 3/23/02 at 12:06 (077297)

Hi John , This is horrible .... I am on state comp not federal. I feel you have to be careful with any type of doctor regardless of who he or she works for . Any doctor that wants to cut right away is a sign to find a new doctor .. Most doctor that do comp cases have their regular practice as well , I don't think any of them just do comp . I could be wrong . Both of my doctors that treat my feet have their regular practice as well.
Sorry to hear this .. Laurie R

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 12:15 (077300)

Laurie

It is unblievable isn't it!! Federal comp is so complicated most doctors won't touch it with a ten foot pole. That is why I ended up going to this quack because he could do the paperwork. Are you on comp. for your feet? I am glad your docs are o.k. Work comp has been a nightmare for me and other federal employees. No lawyer will touch a fed. comp. case.

Re: Worker's Compensation

John h on 3/23/02 at 13:42 (077309)

One of the participants in the recently exposed child porno ring (internet email participants) was a respiratory thearapist from Little Rock. He committed suicide this past week when his name was exposed. There were 7000 people in this group apparently who exchanged pictures via internet eamil. The organizer I think was from Dallas.

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 14:08 (077313)

John
This situation is really screwed up because this doctor was not only my work comp doc but he helped with my SSD and my disability retirement from post office. This guy was having sex with under age girls through the ring. I guess I get a new work comp doc now if anyone will take me. Most docs want no part of federal work comp. because it is not worth the aggravation. Work comp just refuses to pay and the doctors steer clear. They even refuse to pay for pre-authorized treatments sometimes. If someone had told me 15 years ago I would be in this shape I would not have believed it. When I tell people that my feet hurt so bad I can't go to the grocery store they don't believe me. I have been crippled up so long I don't know what it is like to just be pain free and able-bodied. But you must be persistent with your claims for disability. The SSA and all the others count on your just giving up. The differnce between those who get the compensation and those who don't is persistence. You cannot take 'NO' for an answer. Even the veterans administration doctors tried to say I was faking when I made a claim. F..k them I will get the money. Have you got your SSD yet John?

Re: Worker's Compensation

Carole C in NOLA on 3/23/02 at 14:23 (077315)

There were five people in Louisiana that have been identified as being in this child porno ring too. One man in Houma, Louisiana was identified by his full name on the TV news here in New Orleans, quite a distance away. In a small town in Louisiana this would without doubt ruin a person's life permanently. I don't know if any of them were doctors, and I don't know if they were actually seriously interested in kiddie porn or just simply curious about what was going on and not wily enough to avoid arrest.

Nobody wants children to be victimized, but I wonder about exactly what was done and by whom and if any money was exchanged. Taking the photos or paying for them (and in this way creating a market for them) are to me, quite wrong, but these activities are very different from being stupid enough to poke about an unusual mailing list simply out of curiousity about what is being done there.

Carole C

Re: Worker's Compensation

Carole C in NOLA on 3/23/02 at 14:28 (077316)

John, if your doctor is convicted of having sex with underage girls then you can kiss him goodbye. I hope you find another doctor. I know what it is like to not be able to go to the grocery store, and I know it was awful. You are right; persist and never give up. THat's really all you can do! Let's hope you find another doctor that's as good or better.

Carole C

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 15:22 (077319)

Thanks Carole

Let's face it, my doctor is an idiot. EX-doctor I should say. I will find someone else. It is just the paperwork problem. He was one of the very few who could and would do the work comp paperwork. Most orthopods like to cut and run.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Janet C on 3/24/02 at 03:03 (077368)

I can relate to the pain you describe. Do the stores near you have electric carts available for their customers?

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 08:17 (077381)

Yes but I am too embarrased to get into one. I am 6'1 200 lbs and look healthy. I should face facts however.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 08:25 (077384)

Absolutely, John! That's what those wheelchairs are there for. People who can't walk at all have their own, you know, and don't need store wheelchairs.

I thought from what you were saying that the difficulty was in getting from the handicapped parking place to the wheelchair area in the store, and then in lugging the groceries from your car into your home afterwards. Those problems are not solved by using the wheelchairs in the stores and they have been barriers for me in the past. For a while, it helped to put my groceries in a box and carry them from the car to my house in one trip using my dollie. I don't have to do that now.

Carole C

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 14:14 (077405)

My wife does the grocery shopping because when we used to go together I was in a hurry to get in and out and she did not like it. She likes to shop for bargains and I just want to sit down. I went to the zoo today and I almost got one of the wheelchairs. I need my own wheelchair like you said. I can walk for a good while but I cannot stand, and after walking one day I hurt the next day and walking is restricted. This problem cost me my job and pushed me into retirement before I wanted to do it. No wheelchairs at the Post office. Those people treated me like dirt because I could no longer stand 10 hours a day and case mail.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 15:27 (077411)

I haven't been to the zoo since I moved to New Orleans, because before PF I had considerable trouble with arthritis. Then, when Celebrex started helping with my arthritis, and I lost a lot of weight, I overdid it and got PF. So it's been a struggle.

For me, the thought of mobility is a carrot on a stick dangling out in front of me, motivating me to do whatever I have to do to get mobile again. Tantalizing, always there but not quite reachable. I'm going to wait just a tiny bit longer to go to the zoo. A man I used to date who moved to Connecticut is visiting in two weeks and wants to give me a walking tour of the French Quarter. I will try to walk more between now and then, to get ready for it, but the zoo might be too much. The New Orleans zoo has white tigers that are supposed to be spectacular!

I am not sure if you were thinking of buying a wheelchair, but I hope not. They are so expensive and it seems you don't need one all the time. It might have a detrimental influence on your mobility if you got used to one all the time. But at least just use the ones that are provided for people like us at grocery stores and zoos. Most of the grocery stores have the motorized ones so that you don't have to depend on your wife to assist. You might out-last your wife and have her wishing that she had a wheelchair too! :)

Carole C

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 15:43 (077414)

You know you are right about being detrimental to mobility. The more I have tried to stay off my feet because of the PF the less mobile I have become. Rest has not helped my PF long-term. I cannot simply suck it up and just walk through the pain because the PF will get worse and worse until I am limping. You just have to stay mobile and play it by ear. Even if I only walk 3 times a week for a few minutes I think I can do that. Otherwise your muscles atrophy and then where are you? I am going to see a orthopod about any possible surgery because I have had PF for 15 years at least off and on. I am not rushing into anything.

Re: rest and mobility

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 16:12 (077419)

It's a real tightrope we walk, isn't it, John. I feel like rest and staying off my feet have been a gigantic help towards my recovery. Walking through the pain messes me up too! But by resting I got rid of the pain, and now that my feet can do more, I feel like I should gradually and slowly work into doing more things. The muscles that get rebuilt in my feet are going to protect my PF, but the trick is not to re-injure my PF while I build those muscles back up.

That is how I got PF to begin with. I was trying to re-build those muscles and regain my mobility after my arthritis got under control, and I overdid it. I just went at it like I hadn't had any mobility problems ever, like an ostrich with the head in the sand. THIS time I am sadder but wiser, and I am seriously determined not to harm my PF again.

The key for me is to pay attention to how my feet respond and if they start hurting again, and to increase my mobility gradually enough that I don't have any more big set-backs along the way. Also, my stretching exercises are important. I'm no athelete, but I know they do warm ups and cool downs, so I will too. My stretching is like my warm up and I can do them for cool downs too.

I was pretty lucky when I went to sea, because I didn't hurt my PF. One thing that I discovered then, is that it was immensely valuable for me to do stretching *after* working all day, when I was in great pain and having huge leg cramps and my tendons were horribly tight so I couldn't sleep. I'd think to myself, 'OMG what have I done to my feet?' Then I would stretch more gently than usual but about three times as long, stopping to loosen up my muscles, stretch more, and build up to where I could stretch even more vigorously than usual, actually pulling gently on my toes (which I normally don't do). Maybe this is like a cool down. It relaxed my tissues and loosened everything up, and helped me to feel better the next day. Then in the morning I'd stretch again and be ready for another rough day.

I'm doing this even in a normal day, now. I'm getting better and I think I might get to the zoo on my own power before next winter (or maybe even before summer) if I don't do something stupid.

Carole C

Re: rest and mobility

Suzanne D on 3/24/02 at 19:44 (077450)

Carole, I found on my trip to Branson with my daughter's choir that I felt better after lots of stretching, too. You probably read where I wrote that I kept putting one foot, then the other, on the pole in front of me (front seat on the bus) with my leg fully extended and my foot at a right angle. I did that a lot while sitting and found that when I stood up when we stopped for breaks that I was not as stiff and sore as I usually am after much shorter rides. I walked more while there (and a lot of it up and down a hill by our motel), but I did not injure myself and for that I am thankful.

You met your goal of Wal-Mart shopping a while back, now you have a new goal: the zoo! You will make it! :-)

Suzanne

Re: rest and mobility

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 19:59 (077453)

Yes, I do remember your description of that! It made me think that maybe one of those wedges to put my feet on at work might be a good idea, to keep my feet at more of a right angle.

And yes, like Caesar we are unstoppable:

First Wal-Mart, then the Zoo!!!!!

There will be no end to it. Give a woman an inch and she'll take a mile. (giggle) We, the women of heelspurs.com, are totally greedy but also totally unstoppable in our quest for greater enjoyment of life! :)

One step at a time. When we are able to take a step, that is. LOL

Carole C

Re: Well said! :-)

Suzanne D on 3/24/02 at 20:14 (077454)

I thought of you tonight, Carole. At our women's Bible study, we see a video for part of the lesson. Each week, the lady on the tape gives an introduction from a different landmark. Tonight she was riding in a white carriage through the French Quarter in New Orleans! I thought of the walking tour you are going to take there in a couple of weeks.

Like you said, there's no stopping us! :-)

Re: French Quarter

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 21:10 (077458)

The French Quarter or Vieux Carre is so charming and it's not as big as I had remembered. I just looked on a map, and it's only about 16 blocks by 7 blocks, not so big at all! The few times I have been there, I was not able to park close by and I was wearing uncomfortable shoes, too hot, and carrying heavy packages, and in need of a place to sit, a restroom, and lunch. Typical miserable tourist situation. This time will be more fun. I will be with Frank who grew up there, and he will know of places where I can rest if I need to. And, the object is not shopping this time so I won't be carrying packages. The weather is nice and cool this time of year also.

I just love it down there though I've only been there once since I moved here (due to mobility). It's so cosmopolitan and entertaining, even for those like Frank and me who don't drink! There are artists and musicians on every corner, mysteriously sinister establishments to peek into and explore, hidden private flower gardens that you can glimpse through narrow passageways guarded by wrought iron gates, and knick-knacks to buy that range from a few cents to fabulously expensive. It's sort of like a real life contemporary Renaissance Faire that never closes. There are lots of buggies pulled by ponies through the streets, though I'd rather walk if I can. :)

It just reeks with history (except Bourbon St, which reeks of something else but I'll leave that up to your imagination). Frank knows the history of almost every building there, because he was born there, grew up there, and he just knows. So he will be a great 'tour guide'.

Carole C

Re: Worker's Compensation

Laurie R on 3/23/02 at 12:06 (077297)

Hi John , This is horrible .... I am on state comp not federal. I feel you have to be careful with any type of doctor regardless of who he or she works for . Any doctor that wants to cut right away is a sign to find a new doctor .. Most doctor that do comp cases have their regular practice as well , I don't think any of them just do comp . I could be wrong . Both of my doctors that treat my feet have their regular practice as well.
Sorry to hear this .. Laurie R

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 12:15 (077300)

Laurie

It is unblievable isn't it!! Federal comp is so complicated most doctors won't touch it with a ten foot pole. That is why I ended up going to this quack because he could do the paperwork. Are you on comp. for your feet? I am glad your docs are o.k. Work comp has been a nightmare for me and other federal employees. No lawyer will touch a fed. comp. case.

Re: Worker's Compensation

John h on 3/23/02 at 13:42 (077309)

One of the participants in the recently exposed child porno ring (internet email participants) was a respiratory thearapist from Little Rock. He committed suicide this past week when his name was exposed. There were 7000 people in this group apparently who exchanged pictures via internet eamil. The organizer I think was from Dallas.

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 14:08 (077313)

John
This situation is really screwed up because this doctor was not only my work comp doc but he helped with my SSD and my disability retirement from post office. This guy was having sex with under age girls through the ring. I guess I get a new work comp doc now if anyone will take me. Most docs want no part of federal work comp. because it is not worth the aggravation. Work comp just refuses to pay and the doctors steer clear. They even refuse to pay for pre-authorized treatments sometimes. If someone had told me 15 years ago I would be in this shape I would not have believed it. When I tell people that my feet hurt so bad I can't go to the grocery store they don't believe me. I have been crippled up so long I don't know what it is like to just be pain free and able-bodied. But you must be persistent with your claims for disability. The SSA and all the others count on your just giving up. The differnce between those who get the compensation and those who don't is persistence. You cannot take 'NO' for an answer. Even the veterans administration doctors tried to say I was faking when I made a claim. F..k them I will get the money. Have you got your SSD yet John?

Re: Worker's Compensation

Carole C in NOLA on 3/23/02 at 14:23 (077315)

There were five people in Louisiana that have been identified as being in this child porno ring too. One man in Houma, Louisiana was identified by his full name on the TV news here in New Orleans, quite a distance away. In a small town in Louisiana this would without doubt ruin a person's life permanently. I don't know if any of them were doctors, and I don't know if they were actually seriously interested in kiddie porn or just simply curious about what was going on and not wily enough to avoid arrest.

Nobody wants children to be victimized, but I wonder about exactly what was done and by whom and if any money was exchanged. Taking the photos or paying for them (and in this way creating a market for them) are to me, quite wrong, but these activities are very different from being stupid enough to poke about an unusual mailing list simply out of curiousity about what is being done there.

Carole C

Re: Worker's Compensation

Carole C in NOLA on 3/23/02 at 14:28 (077316)

John, if your doctor is convicted of having sex with underage girls then you can kiss him goodbye. I hope you find another doctor. I know what it is like to not be able to go to the grocery store, and I know it was awful. You are right; persist and never give up. THat's really all you can do! Let's hope you find another doctor that's as good or better.

Carole C

Re: Worker's Compensation

John k on 3/23/02 at 15:22 (077319)

Thanks Carole

Let's face it, my doctor is an idiot. EX-doctor I should say. I will find someone else. It is just the paperwork problem. He was one of the very few who could and would do the work comp paperwork. Most orthopods like to cut and run.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Janet C on 3/24/02 at 03:03 (077368)

I can relate to the pain you describe. Do the stores near you have electric carts available for their customers?

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 08:17 (077381)

Yes but I am too embarrased to get into one. I am 6'1 200 lbs and look healthy. I should face facts however.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 08:25 (077384)

Absolutely, John! That's what those wheelchairs are there for. People who can't walk at all have their own, you know, and don't need store wheelchairs.

I thought from what you were saying that the difficulty was in getting from the handicapped parking place to the wheelchair area in the store, and then in lugging the groceries from your car into your home afterwards. Those problems are not solved by using the wheelchairs in the stores and they have been barriers for me in the past. For a while, it helped to put my groceries in a box and carry them from the car to my house in one trip using my dollie. I don't have to do that now.

Carole C

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 14:14 (077405)

My wife does the grocery shopping because when we used to go together I was in a hurry to get in and out and she did not like it. She likes to shop for bargains and I just want to sit down. I went to the zoo today and I almost got one of the wheelchairs. I need my own wheelchair like you said. I can walk for a good while but I cannot stand, and after walking one day I hurt the next day and walking is restricted. This problem cost me my job and pushed me into retirement before I wanted to do it. No wheelchairs at the Post office. Those people treated me like dirt because I could no longer stand 10 hours a day and case mail.

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 15:27 (077411)

I haven't been to the zoo since I moved to New Orleans, because before PF I had considerable trouble with arthritis. Then, when Celebrex started helping with my arthritis, and I lost a lot of weight, I overdid it and got PF. So it's been a struggle.

For me, the thought of mobility is a carrot on a stick dangling out in front of me, motivating me to do whatever I have to do to get mobile again. Tantalizing, always there but not quite reachable. I'm going to wait just a tiny bit longer to go to the zoo. A man I used to date who moved to Connecticut is visiting in two weeks and wants to give me a walking tour of the French Quarter. I will try to walk more between now and then, to get ready for it, but the zoo might be too much. The New Orleans zoo has white tigers that are supposed to be spectacular!

I am not sure if you were thinking of buying a wheelchair, but I hope not. They are so expensive and it seems you don't need one all the time. It might have a detrimental influence on your mobility if you got used to one all the time. But at least just use the ones that are provided for people like us at grocery stores and zoos. Most of the grocery stores have the motorized ones so that you don't have to depend on your wife to assist. You might out-last your wife and have her wishing that she had a wheelchair too! :)

Carole C

Re: Difficulty Going To The Grocery Store

John k on 3/24/02 at 15:43 (077414)

You know you are right about being detrimental to mobility. The more I have tried to stay off my feet because of the PF the less mobile I have become. Rest has not helped my PF long-term. I cannot simply suck it up and just walk through the pain because the PF will get worse and worse until I am limping. You just have to stay mobile and play it by ear. Even if I only walk 3 times a week for a few minutes I think I can do that. Otherwise your muscles atrophy and then where are you? I am going to see a orthopod about any possible surgery because I have had PF for 15 years at least off and on. I am not rushing into anything.

Re: rest and mobility

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 16:12 (077419)

It's a real tightrope we walk, isn't it, John. I feel like rest and staying off my feet have been a gigantic help towards my recovery. Walking through the pain messes me up too! But by resting I got rid of the pain, and now that my feet can do more, I feel like I should gradually and slowly work into doing more things. The muscles that get rebuilt in my feet are going to protect my PF, but the trick is not to re-injure my PF while I build those muscles back up.

That is how I got PF to begin with. I was trying to re-build those muscles and regain my mobility after my arthritis got under control, and I overdid it. I just went at it like I hadn't had any mobility problems ever, like an ostrich with the head in the sand. THIS time I am sadder but wiser, and I am seriously determined not to harm my PF again.

The key for me is to pay attention to how my feet respond and if they start hurting again, and to increase my mobility gradually enough that I don't have any more big set-backs along the way. Also, my stretching exercises are important. I'm no athelete, but I know they do warm ups and cool downs, so I will too. My stretching is like my warm up and I can do them for cool downs too.

I was pretty lucky when I went to sea, because I didn't hurt my PF. One thing that I discovered then, is that it was immensely valuable for me to do stretching *after* working all day, when I was in great pain and having huge leg cramps and my tendons were horribly tight so I couldn't sleep. I'd think to myself, 'OMG what have I done to my feet?' Then I would stretch more gently than usual but about three times as long, stopping to loosen up my muscles, stretch more, and build up to where I could stretch even more vigorously than usual, actually pulling gently on my toes (which I normally don't do). Maybe this is like a cool down. It relaxed my tissues and loosened everything up, and helped me to feel better the next day. Then in the morning I'd stretch again and be ready for another rough day.

I'm doing this even in a normal day, now. I'm getting better and I think I might get to the zoo on my own power before next winter (or maybe even before summer) if I don't do something stupid.

Carole C

Re: rest and mobility

Suzanne D on 3/24/02 at 19:44 (077450)

Carole, I found on my trip to Branson with my daughter's choir that I felt better after lots of stretching, too. You probably read where I wrote that I kept putting one foot, then the other, on the pole in front of me (front seat on the bus) with my leg fully extended and my foot at a right angle. I did that a lot while sitting and found that when I stood up when we stopped for breaks that I was not as stiff and sore as I usually am after much shorter rides. I walked more while there (and a lot of it up and down a hill by our motel), but I did not injure myself and for that I am thankful.

You met your goal of Wal-Mart shopping a while back, now you have a new goal: the zoo! You will make it! :-)

Suzanne

Re: rest and mobility

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 19:59 (077453)

Yes, I do remember your description of that! It made me think that maybe one of those wedges to put my feet on at work might be a good idea, to keep my feet at more of a right angle.

And yes, like Caesar we are unstoppable:

First Wal-Mart, then the Zoo!!!!!

There will be no end to it. Give a woman an inch and she'll take a mile. (giggle) We, the women of heelspurs.com, are totally greedy but also totally unstoppable in our quest for greater enjoyment of life! :)

One step at a time. When we are able to take a step, that is. LOL

Carole C

Re: Well said! :-)

Suzanne D on 3/24/02 at 20:14 (077454)

I thought of you tonight, Carole. At our women's Bible study, we see a video for part of the lesson. Each week, the lady on the tape gives an introduction from a different landmark. Tonight she was riding in a white carriage through the French Quarter in New Orleans! I thought of the walking tour you are going to take there in a couple of weeks.

Like you said, there's no stopping us! :-)

Re: French Quarter

Carole C in NOLA on 3/24/02 at 21:10 (077458)

The French Quarter or Vieux Carre is so charming and it's not as big as I had remembered. I just looked on a map, and it's only about 16 blocks by 7 blocks, not so big at all! The few times I have been there, I was not able to park close by and I was wearing uncomfortable shoes, too hot, and carrying heavy packages, and in need of a place to sit, a restroom, and lunch. Typical miserable tourist situation. This time will be more fun. I will be with Frank who grew up there, and he will know of places where I can rest if I need to. And, the object is not shopping this time so I won't be carrying packages. The weather is nice and cool this time of year also.

I just love it down there though I've only been there once since I moved here (due to mobility). It's so cosmopolitan and entertaining, even for those like Frank and me who don't drink! There are artists and musicians on every corner, mysteriously sinister establishments to peek into and explore, hidden private flower gardens that you can glimpse through narrow passageways guarded by wrought iron gates, and knick-knacks to buy that range from a few cents to fabulously expensive. It's sort of like a real life contemporary Renaissance Faire that never closes. There are lots of buggies pulled by ponies through the streets, though I'd rather walk if I can. :)

It just reeks with history (except Bourbon St, which reeks of something else but I'll leave that up to your imagination). Frank knows the history of almost every building there, because he was born there, grew up there, and he just knows. So he will be a great 'tour guide'.

Carole C