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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-09 08:53:54 AM  
Before you all go off mocking American lardasses: "Ford, who is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 100 pounds, sat down and got up twice."
 
2014-08-09 11:36:01 AM  
What are slats worth?
 
2014-08-09 01:21:22 PM  
She says she still has pain... Suuure she does.
 
2014-08-09 01:22:45 PM  
Back surgery isn't free?  Who knew?
 
2014-08-09 01:23:59 PM  
""It comes and it goes,'' she said. "It's something I know I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my time.'' "

Why do i get the impression her pain will magically disappear once she gets to tahiti?
 
2014-08-09 01:24:26 PM  
I don't know who in their rt mind would go through back surgery for $55,000. I know I wouldn't. It would seem to me she might just be telling the truth here. Who knows though... Desperate times call for desperate measures.
 
2014-08-09 01:24:54 PM  
On one hand my 400 pound ass broke a chair, landed on solid concrete, and other than confusion was fine. On the other hand what cheap ass chair breaks at 100 pounds?
 
2014-08-09 01:25:40 PM  
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2014-08-09 01:27:28 PM  

Somaticasual: ""It comes and it goes,'' she said. "It's something I know I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my time.'' "

Why do i get the impression her pain will magically disappear once she gets to tahiti?


I've heard it's a magical place.
 
2014-08-09 01:31:17 PM  
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Came to say this!
 
2014-08-09 01:33:00 PM  

danielscissorhands: She says she still has pain... Suuure she does.


I'd believe it.  Back pain is extremely common even among the non-injured population and injuries very frequently lead to chronic or recurring pain.  Our spines are not all that well evolved - upright posture puts a lot of stress on them.  Injuries just make things a lot worse.
 
2014-08-09 01:38:33 PM  
So if she only lives another 33 years because of this tragic accident, the county will be guilty of homicide.
 
2014-08-09 01:42:56 PM  
55K is shiat with what hospitals charge today for surgery. My mother had a bleeding ulcer causing a low blood count, so she spent three days in the hospital at a cost of 80K.
 
2014-08-09 01:42:59 PM  

waybackfark: So if she only lives another 33 years because of this tragic accident, the county will be guilty of homicide.


Why are letting the Republitard Big Chair Industry off the hook, you tea-bagging, Sean Hannity wanna be?
 
2014-08-09 01:44:30 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: danielscissorhands: She says she still has pain... Suuure she does.

I'd believe it.  Back pain is extremely common even among the non-injured population and injuries very frequently lead to chronic or recurring pain.  Our spines are not all that well evolved - upright posture puts a lot of stress on them.  Injuries just make things a lot worse.


Agreed.  Not to mention that back surgery is rarely successful and often causes the pain to become worse (the article doesn't specify whether she had surgery, but just saying).  Because our backs are used constantly, they don't get a chance to recover properly when they're injured, so one injury can leave chronic pain.
 
2014-08-09 01:44:40 PM  

Somaticasual: ""It comes and it goes,'' she said. "It's something I know I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my time.'' "

Why do i get the impression her pain will magically disappear once she gets to tahiti?


It's a magical place.
 
2014-08-09 01:45:59 PM  
It's not always frivolous.
A guy around here died 6 months after he was partially paralyzed by a collapsing chair in his own restaurant.
 
2014-08-09 01:46:01 PM  

texdent: Somaticasual: ""It comes and it goes,'' she said. "It's something I know I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my time.'' "

Why do i get the impression her pain will magically disappear once she gets to tahiti?

I've heard it's a magical place.


Damnit. I rushed to reply without reading the whole thread.
 
2014-08-09 01:50:20 PM  
I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and Sistrunk Blvd is as ghetto as it gets.

My money says this hood rat knew full well there was a chance of this chair collapsing prior to the incident.

She saw an opportunity, got a idea in her head that lowlifes scheme up and took advantage of a likely payout.
 
2014-08-09 01:55:10 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: She saw an opportunity, got a idea in her head that lowlifes scheme up and took advantage of a likely payout.


I see if she asked for 20 million, but 55K is a drop in the bucket
 
2014-08-09 01:58:27 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Guilty_plea_bargain: She saw an opportunity, got a idea in her head that lowlifes scheme up and took advantage of a likely payout.

I see if she asked for 20 million, but 55K is a drop in the on her bucket


FTFY
 
2014-08-09 01:58:49 PM  
Wow, lots of racism in the article's comments.
 
2014-08-09 02:02:06 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Guilty_plea_bargain: She saw an opportunity, got a idea in her head that lowlifes scheme up and took advantage of a likely payout.

I see if she asked for 20 million, but 55K is a drop in the bucket


55 large was the agreed settlement amount to make this skeeze disappear.

For all we know, her lowlife attorney could of asked for a 100 million.
 
2014-08-09 02:03:36 PM  
Ah yes, she -- the 5'4", 100lb behemoth who'd spent weeks sizing up a nice metal-framed chair she knew would fold up on her -- is really making out like a bandit because $55k is suuuuuch a great payout in exchange for having back surgery.  Even if she didn't need it.  All sorts of people like to get back surgery every time they have 4 day weekends and such as.

/i hear she pocketed at least five dollars from this devious plot, possibly even twenty
//what a great, scheming move on her part
/DERPITY DERP TO THE DERPERS
 
2014-08-09 02:04:05 PM  
They're going to start yearly chair inspections now-

Bertha (pictured below in city hall records after she thought she smelled cake) will test the chairs by plowing her fat ass down into each one and then giving the chair a pass or fail.  Those that pass will stay in use for the year until the next inspection.  Those that fail will first be removed from Berthas ass and then burned in the city hall furnace.

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2014-08-09 02:05:36 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and Sistrunk Blvd is as ghetto as it gets.

My money says this hood rat knew full well there was a chance of this chair collapsing prior to the incident.

She saw an opportunity, got a idea in her head that lowlifes scheme up and took advantage of a likely payout.


An opportunity to pay for her back surgery, perhaps?
They should be glad it wasn't my lardass in that chair.
 
2014-08-09 02:28:44 PM  

gameshowhost: Ah yes, she -- the 5'4", 100lb behemoth who'd spent weeks sizing up a nice metal-framed chair she knew would fold up on her -- is really making out like a bandit because $55k is suuuuuch a great payout in exchange for having back surgery.  Even if she didn't need it.  All sorts of people like to get back surgery every time they have 4 day weekends and such as.

/i hear she pocketed at least five dollars from this devious plot, possibly even twenty
//what a great, scheming move on her part
/DERPITY DERP TO THE DERPERS


So you've never sat in a chair with a structural integrity issue, realized there was a good chance of it collapsing on you and picked a different one out.

There are things called metal fatigue and wear and tear.

I'm addition to the chair being metal, it was also plastic which you conveniently left out. Who's to say that this chair wasn't compromised.

I'm sure there was some visual and audible clues that this was not a safe place to sit unless, which in her case, the goal was to end up on the floor.
 
2014-08-09 02:32:00 PM  
As someone with chronic back problems and no remedy to them, I hope those of you whining about this someday get to experience the joys of random back spasms.

Imagine a pain so intense you stop breathing in shock, your entire body stiffens involuntarily and you are lucky if you don't fall- even in the middle of the pain you know that you have to stay upright because trying to stand up afterward is even worse.

Now pretend you get those every day. And that they're totally random; nothing you do or don't do seems to change the chances you'll get one, or a cluster of them. When you're having a spate of these things, you don't go out in public because people get pretty weird about someone having what looks like half a seizure at random and it's really embarrassing.

Now, let's pretend you have these kinds of problems and you go see a doctor, who immediately assumes you're just trying to score painkillers. The looks, the subtle questions and the sighs, followed by a prescription for ibuprofen and instructions to use an ice pack. (For the record, I haven't taken narcotic painkillers in years, and I can't STAND the damn things, they give me horrible, horrible nightmares). They don't even try to find a better solution, like therapy or further investigation. Back pain just means you're trying to score; it's just that simple.

I don't even bother going to see a doctor about it anymore. I just live with it because there's no treatment, no surgery and no drug that can do anything about it and I can't convince a doctor to help me further. Regular exercise doesn't help, despite having done it for months or years.

Now pretend you're about 40 years old and you'll be dealing with it for the rest of your life.
 
2014-08-09 02:37:32 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Sum Dum Gai: danielscissorhands: She says she still has pain... Suuure she does.

I'd believe it.  Back pain is extremely common even among the non-injured population and injuries very frequently lead to chronic or recurring pain.  Our spines are not all that well evolved - upright posture puts a lot of stress on them.  Injuries just make things a lot worse.

Agreed.  Not to mention that back surgery is rarely successful and often causes the pain to become worse (the article doesn't specify whether she had surgery, but just saying).  Because our backs are used constantly, they don't get a chance to recover properly when they're injured, so one injury can leave chronic pain.


Yeah? Well, f*ck her anyway.
 
2014-08-09 02:47:00 PM  

Cyclometh: As someone with chronic back problems and no remedy to them, I hope those of you whining about this someday get to experience the joys of random back spasms.

Imagine a pain so intense you stop breathing in shock, your entire body stiffens involuntarily and you are lucky if you don't fall- even in the middle of the pain you know that you have to stay upright because trying to stand up afterward is even worse.

Now pretend you get those every day. And that they're totally random; nothing you do or don't do seems to change the chances you'll get one, or a cluster of them. When you're having a spate of these things, you don't go out in public because people get pretty weird about someone having what looks like half a seizure at random and it's really embarrassing.

Now, let's pretend you have these kinds of problems and you go see a doctor, who immediately assumes you're just trying to score painkillers. The looks, the subtle questions and the sighs, followed by a prescription for ibuprofen and instructions to use an ice pack. (For the record, I haven't taken narcotic painkillers in years, and I can't STAND the damn things, they give me horrible, horrible nightmares). They don't even try to find a better solution, like therapy or further investigation. Back pain just means you're trying to score; it's just that simple.

I don't even bother going to see a doctor about it anymore. I just live with it because there's no treatment, no surgery and no drug that can do anything about it and I can't convince a doctor to help me further. Regular exercise doesn't help, despite having done it for months or years.

Now pretend you're about 40 years old and you'll be dealing with it for the rest of your life.


Have you tried smoking pot? No snark intended.
 
2014-08-09 02:49:18 PM  

Mark Ratner: Have you tried smoking pot? No snark intended.


I have (I live in Washington, so I can even get it legally).I It doesn't help  much, but it does help some, or seems to. Sadly though, it has the same negative effects of narcotic painkillers- it messes up my head too much for me to work effectively.
 
2014-08-09 02:51:00 PM  

ZAZ: Before you all go off mocking American lardasses: "Ford, who is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 100 pounds, sat down and got up twice."


Shut up, you're ruining the bait.
 
2014-08-09 02:54:55 PM  
55k isn't anything for a back injury that requires surgery. I was injured in a workplace accident when I worked at BellSouth. I had to have three major back surgeries, they cost BellSouth over a million dollars in medical fees. Because of the injury I'm now disabled and I'll never be able to work again. I'm in extreme pain every single day and have to take morphine with a chaser of oxycodone several times a day just to function.

  BellSouth had to pay me a workers comp settlement of $120,000. How many of you here think that's a lot of money? Well, you're wrong. I was 37 at the time of the accident. I had an annual income that had a base salary of $55k. With overtime and bonuses I usually pulled in between $80k and $100k a year. Now I must subsist on Social Security Disability of $1600 a month.

  So, please tell me how a $120,000 one time settlement was even close to fair? If this lady has to go through half the pain I deal with in a daily basis, loses the ability to make a decent living because if the injury then $55K is nothing and will in no way make her whole.

 I'm really sorry that her receiving compensation pisses some of you off, but you have no idea how life changing a serious back injury can be. It will devastate you emotionally, physically and financially.
 
2014-08-09 02:55:27 PM  

Cyclometh: Mark Ratner: Have you tried smoking pot? No snark intended.

I have (I live in Washington, so I can even get it legally).I It doesn't help  much, but it does help some, or seems to. Sadly though, it has the same negative effects of narcotic painkillers- it messes up my head too much for me to work effectively.


Hope you get better. I've had minor back issues before, but not random spasms like you describe.
 
2014-08-09 03:00:38 PM  

Cyclometh: As someone with chronic back problems and no remedy to them, I hope those of you whining about this someday get to experience the joys of random back spasms.

Imagine a pain so intense you stop breathing in shock, your entire body stiffens involuntarily and you are lucky if you don't fall- even in the middle of the pain you know that you have to stay upright because trying to stand up afterward is even worse.

Now pretend you get those every day. And that they're totally random; nothing you do or don't do seems to change the chances you'll get one, or a cluster of them. When you're having a spate of these things, you don't go out in public because people get pretty weird about someone having what looks like half a seizure at random and it's really embarrassing.

Now, let's pretend you have these kinds of problems and you go see a doctor, who immediately assumes you're just trying to score painkillers. The looks, the subtle questions and the sighs, followed by a prescription for ibuprofen and instructions to use an ice pack. (For the record, I haven't taken narcotic painkillers in years, and I can't STAND the damn things, they give me horrible, horrible nightmares). They don't even try to find a better solution, like therapy or further investigation. Back pain just means you're trying to score; it's just that simple.

I don't even bother going to see a doctor about it anymore. I just live with it because there's no treatment, no surgery and no drug that can do anything about it and I can't convince a doctor to help me further. Regular exercise doesn't help, despite having done it for months or years.

Now pretend you're about 40 years old and you'll be dealing with it for the rest of your life.


Have you ever had an electromyogram or a similar test?
http://www.knowyourback.org/Pages/Treatments/AssessmentTools/Speciali z edNerveTests.aspx

I really hope you can find a doctor who's not useless. For cases like yours, it's worth traveling to get to one. It sounds like you might be a candidate for a neurostimulator or a drug pump.
 
2014-08-09 03:06:25 PM  
"Ford, who is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 100 pounds"

Ok, I wasn't expecting that.
 
2014-08-09 03:07:45 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: 55 large was the agreed settlement amount to make this skeeze disappear.

For all we know, her lowlife attorney could of asked for a 100 million.


She really should be punished for the terrible things she did in your imagination.
 
2014-08-09 03:12:59 PM  
While we're on topic of back injuries. I was involved in a very bad car accident in 04'. I sustained injuries consisting of herniated disc's at t,5 t,6 t,7 t,8.

Prior to that incident I was already diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and rotoscoliosis.

I've tried physical therapy, strength conditioning and more drugs then Keith Richards. Fentanyl, oxycodone, Klonopin and of course the kiddy stuff like vicodin at the beginning when it still worked.

I didn't want to live my life dependent on anything, so I took myself off everything. Most horrendous withdrawals that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

So you people with chronic pain, I assure you, I more than empathize with you. It feels like there is a blowtorch on my back as I write this.

I too, think everyday, I have to live the rest of my life in pain that's deeply affecting the quality of my life.
 
2014-08-09 03:20:22 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: So you people with chronic pain, I assure you, I more than empathize with you.


The white ones, at least.
 
2014-08-09 03:22:55 PM  

Boo_Guy: They're going to start yearly chair inspections now-

Bertha (pictured below in city hall records after she thought she smelled cake) will test the chairs by plowing her fat ass down into each one and then giving the chair a pass or fail.  Those that pass will stay in use for the year until the next inspection.  Those that fail will first be removed from Berthas ass and then burned in the city hall furnace.

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It's best to be sure that any occupant is vacated from chairs before beginning the test.
 
2014-08-09 03:31:00 PM  
I've had someone give me Felicia in the backseat of a White Ford before.

/I was actually in Florida at the time
//Gulf Side of the Panhandle
///South of Tallahassee
////North of Sopchoppy
 
2014-08-09 03:41:20 PM  

balisane: I really hope you can find a doctor who's not useless.


None of the doctors I've seen are "useless". They just reflect the modern medical establishment's concept that all patients with pain that they can't immediately detect a cause for with a test are seeking drugs. More subtle problems are cause for suspicion, and for avoiding because they are harder to diagnose, take longer to deal with and require more fighting with insurance companies. I've given up even trying to find someone to help, because the inertia is so strong. It's like swimming upstream.

But that's not the worst part. For me, the worst part is having chronic pain and knowing that there's a stigma attached to it- which you can easily see in this thread. People who have back pain or other chronic pain issues are seen as goldbrickers or whatever. We're looked down on, mocked and our problems ignored. This thread is pretty much emblematic of the attitude. Because my problems sometimes vanish for weeks or even months at a time, I'm one of those people whose pain is "magical" or just "comes and goes", said with an eyeroll and an elbow nudge.

Essentially, my pain doesn't matter, because no one believes that it's real. I'm used to it, but it's not a pleasant experience on top of the underlying problem.
 
2014-08-09 03:42:21 PM  

Overlook Barkeep: I've had someone give me Felicia in the backseat of a White Ford before.

/I was actually in Florida at the time
//Gulf Side of the Panhandle
///South of Tallahassee
////North of Sopchoppy


If you liked Felicia, you'll love Fellatio.

Just a heads up for you, there is no Atlantic side of the panhandle, so Gulf of Mexico kind of goes without saying.

And I think you might be in the wrong thread.
 
2014-08-09 04:08:48 PM  

Boo_Guy: They're going to start yearly chair inspections now-


I know of someone who would love that job.

forums.scottishfootballforums.co.uk
 
2014-08-09 04:24:52 PM  

Cyclometh: balisane: I really hope you can find a doctor who's not useless.

None of the doctors I've seen are "useless". They just reflect the modern medical establishment's concept that all patients with pain that they can't immediately detect a cause for with a test are seeking drugs. More subtle problems are cause for suspicion, and for avoiding because they are harder to diagnose, take longer to deal with and require more fighting with insurance companies. I've given up even trying to find someone to help, because the inertia is so strong. It's like swimming upstream.

But that's not the worst part. For me, the worst part is having chronic pain and knowing that there's a stigma attached to it- which you can easily see in this thread. People who have back pain or other chronic pain issues are seen as goldbrickers or whatever. We're looked down on, mocked and our problems ignored. This thread is pretty much emblematic of the attitude. Because my problems sometimes vanish for weeks or even months at a time, I'm one of those people whose pain is "magical" or just "comes and goes", said with an eyeroll and an elbow nudge.

Essentially, my pain doesn't matter, because no one believes that it's real. I'm used to it, but it's not a pleasant experience on top of the underlying problem.


A doctor who takes received wisdom over the lived experience and goals of their patients is the definition if useless in my book. I know exactly what you're going through: my ex had a chronic nerve pain condition, and while it was fairly well-controlled with the right combination of maintenance neurotransmitter adjusters and actual painkillers for breakthrough pain, finding someone who was willing to fight through for a diagnosis -and- also try everything to treat a tough condition took a lot of legwork and bouncing off several brick walls. Now that he's moved several hours out of NYC, he's going through the song and dance of finding a new doctor all over again, and without help, it's a hell of a row to hoe.

We went through the drug-seeker's gauntlet more times than I can count: the most fun place for it was the ER. He's also trans, so even in NYC, we had that additional extra-fun stigma to face, down to and including being refused services outright.

What I'm trying to say is that I completely empathize with your situation (additionally, i have more than a few friends in it, including those with chronic genetic diseases that show up blaring like a foghorn on basic clinical tests that are -still- treated as drug seekers) and more importantly: everyone you've seen so far is talking shiat. Your pain is real. You deserve an effective treatment if there is one available, and relief from your symptoms even if there is not. I'm only sorry that our system is broken in the specific way that means it's going to take you extra effort to get there.

EIP: I'm happy to offer you and your family as much advice/support as I can.
 
2014-08-09 04:36:24 PM  
http://www.fark.com/comments/8368185/92340787#c92340787">Guilty_plea_ bargain: Overlook Barkeep: I've had someone give me Felicia in the backseat of a White Ford before.

If you liked Felicia, you'll love Fellatio.

Just a heads up for you, there is no Atlantic side of the panhandle, so Gulf of Mexico kind of goes without saying.

And I think you might be in the wrong thread.



Thanks "Pretending to be the 'Doesn't-get-the-joke' guy" for explaining the difference between a name and sex act. And extra bonus kudos for the geography lesson. There is however a Georgia and Alabama Side of the panhandle.

It's not like I said "the non-ghetto side of Ft. Lauderdale"....because we ALL know that doesn't exsist

Fark me for trying to be humorous on a humorous news website. I  must be in the wrong thread

FARK; Where you can always count on somebody "too-cool-for-the-room" dissecting someone else's humor.
 
2014-08-09 05:03:57 PM  
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NO SAFE HIDING PLACE!!!! ;)
 
2014-08-09 07:14:53 PM  

ZAZ: Before you all go off mocking American lardasses: "Ford, who is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 100 pounds, sat down and got up twice."


However, we can surmise that one or more lardos have sat on the chair prior to Ms. Ford's visit and broke the welds.
 
2014-08-09 07:52:08 PM  

Cyclometh: As someone with chronic back problems and no remedy to them, I hope those of you whining about this someday get to experience the joys of random back spasms.

Imagine a pain so intense you stop breathing in shock, your entire body stiffens involuntarily and you are lucky if you don't fall- even in the middle of the pain you know that you have to stay upright because trying to stand up afterward is even worse.

Now pretend you get those every day. And that they're totally random; nothing you do or don't do seems to change the chances you'll get one, or a cluster of them. When you're having a spate of these things, you don't go out in public because people get pretty weird about someone having what looks like half a seizure at random and it's really embarrassing.

Now, let's pretend you have these kinds of problems and you go see a doctor, who immediately assumes you're just trying to score painkillers. The looks, the subtle questions and the sighs, followed by a prescription for ibuprofen and instructions to use an ice pack. (For the record, I haven't taken narcotic painkillers in years, and I can't STAND the damn things, they give me horrible, horrible nightmares). They don't even try to find a better solution, like therapy or further investigation. Back pain just means you're trying to score; it's just that simple.

I don't even bother going to see a doctor about it anymore. I just live with it because there's no treatment, no surgery and no drug that can do anything about it and I can't convince a doctor to help me further. Regular exercise doesn't help, despite having done it for months or years.

Now pretend you're about 40 years old and you'll be dealing with it for the rest of your life.


This but being 26.... i will never forgive that damn old lady who decided even though six cars in front of her were stopped at a red light she was going to keep going at 60 mph.
 
2014-08-09 07:59:01 PM  
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