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Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Carter was used to a little bit of pain. He spent a lot of time on his feet in his day job as a building manager, and things just hurt more at 50 than they did at 20. That’s why he wasn’t too concerned when he started to experience mild but recurring pain that spread from his right leg to his lower back. It was unpleasant, but not entirely unexpected. Unfortunately, those symptoms persisted, and his efforts to diagnose the problem were largely ineffective. Based on the location of the pain, Carter thought it might have something to do with a bad fall that he had...
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Living with Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s

Living with Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s

As our population ages, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease will increase dramatically. As it currently stands, 65% of Canadians diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 65 – but some are even younger. Though earlier diagnosis, access to better treatment options, and a greater understanding of the disease itself are changing the quality of living for people with Alzheimer’s, the challenges of living with the condition remain all too real.  Maggie, 47, was enjoying her career as a social worker in North Bay. She had spent the better part...
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LTD Benefits Denied Due to Pre-Existing Condition

LTD Benefits Denied Due to Pre-Existing Condition

Kirk still remembered the anxiety he had felt when he was first diagnosed with chronic pain at the age of 32.. While it was a relief to know why he’d been in so much pain, it was stressful to learn that there was no cure for the condition. He had spent more than a few sleepless nights worrying about how to live a normal life. Thankfully, his fears proved to be mostly overblown. Some days were worse than others, but for the most part, he was able to deal with his pain well enough to go about his day. He was on a decidedly upward trajectory by the time he reached his 40s....
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A Herniated Disc Kicks The Cook Out Of The Kitchen

A Herniated Disc Kicks The Cook Out Of The Kitchen

Exercising on a regular basis is one of the most important things we can do to maintain good health and promote longevity as we age. For women especially, weight training can be a vital part of maintaining adequate bone strength and density to ward off arthritis or osteoporosis. But it’s important to go about exercising properly to avoid injury.  Angela was a kitchen manager at a restaurant in Barrie and an avid gym-goer. In September 2017 she started focusing on high-impact weight training to try and improve her muscle strength. Unfortunately, she herniated a disc...
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Suffering from Agoraphobia, Long Term Disability Benefits Denied

Suffering from Agoraphobia, Long Term Disability Benefits Denied

Alice generally liked to keep to herself. She enjoyed her role as a data analyst and liked her co-workers well enough. She simply found larger social gatherings to be extraordinarily stressful, and usually tried to keep to a smaller circle of trusted friends and co-workers at her office in Regina.  For the most part, that seldom proved to be a problem. Alice had no trouble keeping up with her responsibilities at work, and her colleagues understood her anxiety and tried to respect her boundaries. Everything changed unexpectedly when Alice went through an unusually...
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Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

When Sara, 40, slipped on the ice last winter while skating with her family, she hit her head. She blacked out for a few seconds and woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. Her family took her to the emergency department where they ran some tests and found out that she had a concussion. It didn’t seem too serious at first, so she pushed herself to get back to her normal routine almost immediately. Within a day she was getting violently ill at work, suffering splitting headaches, and often lost track of what she was saying mid-sentence. She had developed post-concussion...