Unable to Work Due to Severe Back Pain

Unable to Work Due to Severe Back Pain

Simrah, 39, was not a very active person, although she usually managed just fine. Things in her life were going well. Her wife was pregnant, and they were looking forward to welcoming a new baby into the world. Then the pandemic changed everything.

With her workplace closed down, Simrah was forced, like many others, to work from home. She didn’t have a good home office setup, so instead, she used an old kitchen chair. It did the job, but it was also uncomfortable to sit on for hours at a time. Working from home was a big adjustment, and it disrupted Simrah’s entire life. She stopped going on her regular walks and no longer took bike rides. Her back started to hurt more often, but she ignored it.

In the midst of this already stressful situation, Simrah and her wife had to move unexpectedly. Due to her wife’s pregnancy, Simrah did most of the heaving lifting, carting boxes and furniture from the old house to the new one. The physical labour and emotional stress of the move, combined with a lack of exercise and the uncomfortable kitchen chair, brought on severe back pain. It was so excruciating that Simrah eventually lost feeling in her left leg. Worse, she lost control of her bowels.

Searching for answers and hoping to find relief from the agonizing pain, Simrah went to the doctor for an MRI. The results revealed that she was suffering from three herniated discs, which were compressing nerves. 

Herniated discs are common among middle-aged adults. When the outer shell of a disc becomes weak or develops a small tear, the disc’s soft, inner core may bulge out of its normal position. This is what is meant by “herniated.” 

When the disc presses on nerves in the spinal canal, a variety of symptoms can result, including pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. In a severe case like Simrah’s, the disc can compress the nerves that control the bladder to the bowel, causing incontinence and loss of bowel control.

The orthopedic surgeon felt that surgery was the best option but surgeries were delayed because of COVID and it could be months before her surgery would be scheduled. Her short term disability benefits were running out, so Simrah applied for long-term disability. Her insurance company denied her request. They claimed that because Simrah’s job was not focused on standing, moving, or being active, she was bit entitled to receive long-term disability benefits. Desperate, Simrah turned to Share Lawyers for advice.

Share Lawyers took on Simrah’s case. We know that when people are in pain and unable to work, the last thing they need is to worry about is paying their bills due to a loss of income. We fought on Simrah’s behalf, arguing that Simrah could not keep working in her current condition and that she needed to receive her benefits so she could recover. 

Simrah is in for a long fight. However, we know that this fight will be successful because all of the medical evidence supports Simrah’s claim. She cannot do her job while she is in pain from the herniated discs. She needs surgery, and she needs long-term disability payments to help her through this difficult time. 

While Simrah’s battle is not yet over, her niece has agreed to move in to help her and her wife with the new baby. With Share Lawyers on her side, Simrah’s hopes for a happy future look bright.

If your back pain has progressed to the point of causing pain, numbness, or loss of bladder and bowel control, please see your physician immediately.
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