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Short Term Disability Return To Work
Are there any longer-lasting glucocorticosteroids? Prednisone seems to work very short-term; inflammation returned already (next morning).
Yes, but more toxic: For some people, Methylprednisolone lasts and works a little better and than prednisone. Dexamethasone is a common longer activing steroid but is not used for daily treatment, because longer acting steroids have more steroid side effects. Giving the Prednisone twice a day also has more side effects. ...Read more
I am a self employed truck driver, I have a torn rotator cuff and need surgery. Will i be able to get short term disability?
Forms: FMLA forms protect your job. You don't get paid but it allows you to take time off without risk of truancy. Maternity leave is the term for taking off time for pregnancy. ST disability is a different form that goes to the state so that you can get a percentage of your income reimbursed while you are out of work. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Need to go on short term disability because i'm having severe headaches and muscles spasms. My doc doesn't seem to think it's serious. What to do?
My opinion: Ultimately, our disability system is abused for this reason. Are you not able to answer a phone or do something light duty? I have headaches frequently and my back is killing me as we speak but yet i still get up and go to work and care for folks all day. Your phyisician is likely responding to the tendancy for people to take advantage of situations. Sorry. ...Read more
If ECT can cause short term memory problems, won't that affect your ability to work post-procedure?
If you or your doc: is considering ECT you probably have intractable depression that has not responded to other treatments. Your ability to work may well be impacted more by major depression than by the side-effects of ECT which can include memory problems. So, all depends on the type of work you are doing and balancing risk-benefit of depressionp of ECT. Alternate is TMS http://articles.mcall.com/2011-09-03/health/mc-allentown-brain-stimulation-depression-20110903_1_transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-depression-treatment-stimulation-therapy ...Read more
Touched methotrexate tablets in the pharmacy i work at. Is this kind of short term handling enough to warrant serious concern/cause permanent damage?
If I have facet joint injections and they work short term what next? How bad do you have to be to get surgery?
If you get relief: From facet joint injections then you can have another injection called a medial branch block , which if the same relief is provided, then you would be a candidate for radio frequency lesioning or rhizotomy for longer term relief. Surgery is reserved for those who fail comprehensive non op rx and have a surgical indication ie.: something that can have a reasonable degree of good surgical outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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