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Falling Through the Cracks – AMS Pelvic Mesh Woman Offered Little

WikiCommons, woman in Mexico, Adam Jones PhD

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 18, 2017 ~ The woman is 34 years old and lives in a southern state.  Because she is represented, she prefers to speak anonymously. Let’s call her Karen. She was implanted with American Medical Systems SPARC pelvic mesh in 2010 by a military doctor working out of an air force base in Virginia.

Her story is an example of how women without means and the ability to obtain mesh removal surgeries, have drawn the short straw in settlement discussions. 

“Worst mistake ever,” she says today.

Giving birth vaginally to three children had left her with pelvic organ prolapse. A pessary didn’t work well to hold back the prolapsing organs. It was inconvenient and difficult to remove, an inconvenience she wishes she could return to today.

The mesh didn’t sound like a bad idea at the time. The gynecologist said it was a little piece of mesh like a hammock and it sits there. It’s permanent, simple and an in-and-out procedure. He’d done hundreds of them. It would stop the falling of her pelvic floor and treat her incontinence.

Soon after the AMS SPARC was implanted, Karen was back in the ER with infection and pain.

“I was eat up with infection and I couldn’t walk,” she tells MND.

Karen couldn’t help at home, keep up with the kids or the household chores. She says she was sick all the time and every couple of weeks rashes appeared on her hands. Pain and pelvic infections kept her in bed. Any sudden movement, such as driving over a bump in the road, would just hurt, she says.

“I was in high level constant pain, and experienced depression and anxiety. They thought I was a mental case and exaggerating my pain to seek drugs.” ~ Karen

Not understand the source of her pain, doctors had been all too quick to prescribe pain medications – Tramadol, Zoloft were prescribed at the pain clinic where doctors sent her.

Karen says she never wanted medication, she doesn’t even take Tylenol, but that’s all the doctor knew how to do. The scoliosis she had since childhood and ruptured disc from an injury did not explain her new pelvic pain. Instead it felt like the muscles in her pelvis had shrunk. Her counselor said the problem is deep inside you.

Mesh Pain by Jade R.

Suspecting she was mentally ill, she was sent for a psychological evaluation. It found she was not bipolar. Something was going on medically she was told, information she already knew. She was sent for physical therapy, which she could not endure.

“They said I would never be pain free, their goal was to put her on pain management which I fought. I wanted to solve the problem, whatever is wrong, fix it! I cannot live on pain medication.”

Karen considered suicide.

“There was a $100,000 insurance policy on my. My kids would be better off if I was dead, they would get social security rather than a broken mom who can’t do anything.”

While her research pointed to transvaginal mesh complications, no civilian or military doctor ever told her it was mesh.  Instead her diagnosis was depression, anxiety, PTSD, neuropathy,  bladder and bowel dysfunction, and permanent nerve damage from the waist down.

“I feel like I was used as an experiment by the military.  A lot of companies do clinical trials through the military because there is no liability. There are no damages.  Whether military or civilian, no one told me this was the problem.”

Karen was challenged taking care of her children and her husband knew it. Instead of offering support, he motioned to take her children away and Karen felt helpless to fight for herself. With no resources, no job and a ton of pain, she obtained the services of a free divorce and disability attorney.

Karen supplied both with her filed product liability lawsuit against American Medical Systems. Surely it would affirm she was joining thousands of women in their claims that a little piece of plastic “hammock” had changed their lives irreversibly.

Instead of support, both lawyers, both representing her interests, suggested she was getting on the “mesh money train.”

Has anybody said the mesh needed to come out? No, Karen says. She was out the resources to see any of the few mesh complication doctors who could help her. With no income, no transportation, Karen now lived in public housing and on food stamps.

One doctor in the Midwest, with a reputation of removing mesh and its complications, wanted money up front for a consulting fee. Even that was an impossibility.

Karen asked her law firm for a loan. She could only obtain a loan for $750, said the firm.

She has never had a mesh removal so her law firm said expect your case is in the lowest tier of injury – Mesh in Place- Medical Management.

In  settlement arrangements with the mesh manufacturers, those who have been able to afford multiple mesh removal surgeries, revisions, removals and  restorations have been placed in the highest Tier of Injury. Some have even received in the mid-six-figures when placed there.

While Mesh in Place-Medical Management cases are generally settled at a rate under $10,000. Take out at least half for legal fees and expenses. The rest is for the client.

So a Catch-22.  Those without continue to go without.

Ironically, her disability claim was denied. Karen did not meet the severity of events to qualify.

Right now Karen is looking for a doctor to put it all together.

The incontinence has returned, the infections are always present. At least she worked out a co-parenting arrangement with her now ex-husband and sees her kids part-time.

“I’m not here for money, it’s about me being here for my kids. It’s about being a mom. The only thing I’m living for is my kids.  I’m just grateful the kids are home and I get to see them. I count my blessings.”  ###

 

57 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    I was told by my urologist that the AMS Monarc sling was very safe . I immediately started feeling pain it was coming from my pelvic region into my leg my thigh my hip and my butt.
    I went to see my implanting doctor and he said oh it has nothing to do with the mesh . He denied it over and over . I spent four years fighting in and out of the hospital with bad pelvic infections .
    Finally my Gyn doctor sent me to a specialty clinic which I will not name. They did every test you could imagine on me . Right when they were ready to give up a urogynocologist came to see me , she says I’m setting you up for a 3D Translabial ultrasound it shows the mesh she said.
    Well i had that test done and while I was on the table having it done the specialist came in and said my god your mesh has buckled in half its. Completely folded so of course you will feel pain and have infection. I wanted to jump off that table and hug that man . I knew then the truth would come out.
    6 weeks later I was in surgery I ended up with a full hysterectomy and the surgeon removed the middle piece of mesh the other part was attached to nerves and it would have caused me to be in surgery longer if he worked on removing it as it was I was under for almost 11 hours . It was so tangled inside of me it was a mess. I came home to recover and it took me a full year which was in November of 2016 . My surgeon has me scheduled for surgery this Thursday and I’m terrified afraid to die that I might bleed out he is going into remove the rest of the mesh and to construct a sling out of my own tissue.
    AMA has been in contact with me and it’s disgusting how they try to low ball you.
    I cannot work . I was denied disability but went before a judge and I’m awaiting his decision. I’m in constant pain and right now on my second round of antibiotics for ecoli .
    My life is forever changed and the pain does not stop coming it will be forever and accepting that I will forever be damaged it is one of the hardest things . I can understand this lady’s pain. It’s poison and I’m sure it will kill me. The legacy my children and Grand children get left with is the memory of me suffering . Not being able to be mom or grandma this is not how I planned my life.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Anna- would love the name of those doctors who came to your aid……finally someone suggested transvaginal ultrasound..! Yes, ultrasound is the only imaging that can see the mesh…according to experts. Please stay in touch with us about your upcoming surgery. Is it with the same knowledgeable docs? Praying you get out of pain. Please update us.! Thank you for sharing.

      • Kitty says:

        Most Doctors refuse to do a Translabial Ultrasound. They mock the suggestion. My understanding is that only Dr Raz will do it.

        • Disgusted says:

          OB/GYN Specialities, Brookwood, Birmingham, AL are doing translabial ultrasounds. FYI

        • Marcie says:

          Dr. Lotze in Houston Texas has the 3D translabial ultrasound. One of his associates diagnosed my mesh erosion and that I needed the mesh removed. Sounds like we need more honest doctors that will at least tell you when you have mesh complication. (Please note I am not recommending this doctor for removal although I understand he does provide this service). I believe Dr. Lotze does take Medicaid and medicare. As my case was very complicated Jane helped me find my way to UCLA and Dr. Raz did remove my mesh.

          • Michelle says:

            After multiply attempts, a punctured bladder and a hernia caused by the trocar used by other doctors, Dr. Lotze did finally remove the eroding part of my mesh.

      • Kitty says:

        It is not Transvaginal Ultasound..it is Translabial Ultrasound. There is a difference.

      • Angela says:

        Mine was out two years ago. They are poison , I’m in chair rest my life , in bed most of the time , had stimulator implant stomach would not work , food could not process , my appendix burst , can’t hardly ear , so weak keep deterating wears me out go to the bathroom , cry cause lost all my stregenth abelity never leave house , no friends social life . Some days just lay wondering will I get money to help family before I die , it’s poison effects all organs pelvic pain so bad strong pain meds starting not to work , I know my body it’s not lot time left , if I could turn back time knowledge is power

    • dee says:

      I have a wonderful surgeon in Loma Linda, CA Andrea Staacks. She is a Uroligist/Female pelvic reconstruction specialist. She removed my mesh, what she could anyways. In first surgery and the 2nd surgery she built a mesh using my own tissue.

  2. A 2010-trained FDA/CDRH Patient Representative, I can attest that the FDA and Congress have weakened patient protections for harmed patients. There is no functional scientific evidence required to ‘clear’ a device for the market and jury trials, even verdicts for the plaintiff, have little effect on PREVENTION of harm. Doug Kohrs was the AMS CEO and has since been at the helm of several other device companies that harm-for-profit. My brother was harmed when Kohrs was at Tornier (now Wright). Even patients that do their ‘homework’ are at risk for device harm because surgeons are not given accurate information about patient outcomes.

  3. Patient Advocate says:

    Please, you have Jane give you my contact information. Here is how you can get help and I will advocate with the VA with you. I am sure Jane will assist. You are eligible for a failed military prosthetic device. You can obtain an attorney to advocate for you that is outside of the MDL. You will impact the nation on a scale that will save thousands of similarly situated veterns, male and female implanted by surgical mesh. Be brave. Have hope. You are eligible for the following:
    1. VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound Pension
    2. Social Security for you and your dependants
    3. VA waiver for payment so Dr. Raz or Dr. Veronikis could help you.
    4. This is a military pelvic prosthetic AMS received defense grants. The fact that whatever law firm you have has failed to inform you of your many options is sad.
    5. Additional military insurance for the future care of your children.

    My father for bladder cancer and neobladder and AMS male sling implant obtain his benefits in 121 days. There is hope. Usual timeframe for all benefits can be 29 months if you are not proactive, but the VA is willing to help you just have to tap into the right communication channel. Your also have the right to sue the military for failure to disclose the dangers of the implants and your harm. Your statue begins today, because you were unaware they are obligated to care for you and your prosthetic injuries for life. So, believe it will get better. I believe Dr. Greg Vigna can confirm your life altering injuries and become your physcian to help clearly communicate the harm of this Military Prosthetic.

    Be brave, be hopeful and stand up for all VETS injured as you all.

    • desiree says:

      I too was implanted through military. Boston Scientific. Can you advise if that applies in my case as well? I would like to speak with you one on one if possible, I have had 7 surgeries since the implant, and am currently in St. Louis now having just seen Dr. V yesterday as a second opinion, were I did not get very good news at all. I am so angry and confused and I feel so violated, and feel like a hopeless case and I feel so very very alone. I want my life back, I want to be a proper wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend again. At 39 years old my life was hijacked…. and now at 42… I found out my life is dead.

  4. Patient Advocate says:

    You will need a VA Certified Disability Lawyer. You need to demand the recognize your damages as sexual trauma.

    http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/hiring-va-certified-disability-lawyer.html

    Attorneys for Military Sexual Trauma Cases Should Now Step In for Our Mesh Injured VETS.

  5. Maria Garcia says:

    There are many Christians throughout all the brands of mesh in various stages of pain. If it is true that the more surgeries a plaintiff has the larger the settlement then there is something we can all do. God says we are to tithe 10% of our money and I say those that actually get a settlement greater than ridiculous can give their 10% to the benevolence surgery fund. Not just any surgery fund but a Da Vinci Surgical System fund. We can even get a Christian investment company to manage the fund in no risk investments to make it grow and cover as many women as possible. It will make it possible to get the mesh completely out without so many traditional surgical procedures that only brings a patient halfway back to normal. If we all work together I know we can do this. If we communicate with Dr. Michael Hibner or Dr. Raz or even surgeons trained under them to work out some sort of agreement. I think the volume of work would make the price overall come down. With God’s guidance I know this can actually happen and I know it’s the right thing to do. I know that to do nothing than expect nothing but trying for me has always led to success. Why, because God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

    • Maria Garcia says:

      What if I post free donuts will that excite everyone more than my post? Any ideas? Anyone? Come on I hurt and I have had three devices and over ten surgeries. I have had barbaric nerve testing. I have a pain pump in my abdomen. I have only lowered my pain with my pump to an 8 on the scale. My urogynecologist bold faced lied to me about what mesh was left in me. My 3D translabial Ultrasound revealed it all. The point is there is always a way and we just have to pray, seek and WE shall find the right answers. Surely there has to be hope because life is awful without it.

      • Kitty says:

        All who can give to the fund should do so. Where in the Midwest can one get translabial ultra sound..?

      • Snooper says:

        Maria, Do you happen to live in TX? My girlfriend had a bad mesh situation, which led to the pain pump…. which unfortunately led to partial paralysis. She is permanently disabled and can barely walk – because the doctor screwed up when he tried to take the pain pump out. Please be careful! Praying for you.

  6. Anon says:

    Karen…………keep fighting!!! there are programs out there that will support and assist you in your time of need medically, the Affordable Care Act. HealthCare. gov, marketplace 1877.721.8796. You have until January 31, 2017 to sign up. Keep searching, keep calling, keep knocking… those doors will open eventually.

  7. Ree says:

    I would personally like to know how many women are Christians that had this horrible device/s implanted in them?

  8. Sandy says:

    It amazes me how similar our cases are and I’m sure many others. Mine is exactly the same and folded in half as well a lot of the same pain however mine is broken off and not sure where it is in my body alot of auto immune issues and nerve problems. I was told the same thing since mine could not be removed either and the settlement tiers. It’s not the money it’s my/our life. I feel your pain and frustration especially with the settlement it’s not fair. The neglect from the doctors is horrible. So glad you had someone in your corner this time. I would also like the name of the group that can hopefully help without abandoning every symptom or telling us we are psychotic if you can share or PM me. Thank You.
    Best wishes to you. Do not back down with your attorneys. Keep fighting and stand up for your rights. My case is sonewhat different as to major legal issues and unethical conduct from beginning to now with medical and legal. Keep fighting. Keep us posted.

  9. Sandy says:

    I forgot to say I’m going to go through the same thing with divorce and not working since 2010 he will fight me tooth and nail and disability will not be an option either. It scares me the financial position I will be in and how I will take care of myself. My kidsKids are older I can’t imagine this suffering. I’m praying that you file again now and that it will be rewarded to you. You deserve it!!

  10. wounded woman says:

    i had J&J and have been offered a settlement that is really an insult! After thelawyers and my more than 10 yr old bankruptcy, I most likely won’t see a penny. it’s not about the $ but DANG!!! I mean this shit changed my life and now I want life changing $! I had mine removed a couple yrs ago but have been lect w pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and pudendal neuralgia! I have an appt w a female urogynocologist in May to see if another surgery will help (WITHOUT MESH!) or if it’s even possible. my prayers to all and ask merely the same in return…

  11. Patient Advocate says:

    In the life science policies, you have to sign a release to be a clinical trial. The payment for being a clinical trial Military or not, is $10,000. Have Jane give you my contact info, please call. I will help you establish an insurance claim directly against AMS through their general liability policy. If they cannot produce “clinical trial” release you have them for Unethical Human Experimentation. You are not alone.

  12. Kathy says:

    Healthcare from the Marketplace is not affordable for all- mine went up to $712.00 a month h this year with copays and high deductibles that make it financially difficult. Just another stress to add to this painful journey.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Do you qualify for a rebate?

      • Kathy says:

        No, I do not qualify for a subsidy. We did last year and then made a little bit more money than expected ( not enough to make living better) and had to pay all the subsidy back and that put us in finacial trouble even more.
        To add to the nightmare the insurance pays for almost nothing. I can no more seek mesh help as I’ll have medical bills I can’t pay. Many doctors turn you away even though I pay such a high price- Just a mess.
        I’ve given up any hope of ever getting help with mesh.

    • Anon says:

      I paid a whopping 23.76 yearly premium for my Marketplace healthcare Insurance for 2017. I am getting the health care that I need. I just had a complete explant with an $0 out of pocket co-pay. The Marketplace Healthcare has worked for my benefit. So….. it does work for some.

      • Kathy says:

        That is Medicaid I’m guessing?

      • Maria Garcia says:

        Yes but you can’t be in poverty because that is Medicaid and you can’t make too much either or you pay too much. If anyone pays 27 a year or a month they are in the class it was designed for. If you get more in a tax refund then you paid in that is the class. President Obama created the AHCA for a very narrow group of poor Americans. It was never intended to replace insurance from your employer. That is why the lie was to never tell the middle to upper class that it was a way to provide for the poor at the expense of everyone else. Check out Medishare a Christian medical Co-Operative.

        • Kitty says:

          I know someone on Christian Medishare and the cost for her hospitalization came to $0.00 (3 day appendectomy-rupture)

        • Anon says:

          Thank You Maria Garcia for your explanation of how ObamaCare works. I am divorced, have very little income, do not qualify for any state or federal programs, disabled by this mesh. My plan is also a multi-state plan that allows me to seek any specialists in any U.S. city that has the knowledge and experience to treat mesh victims.

  13. Natalie Z says:

    My American medical systems trans vaginal mesh was put in by my gynecologist and urologist in 2006. At the time I had vaginal prolaspe, a cystocele and a rectocele with stress urinary incontinence. I was told that after the surgery I would be like be like new except I might have an occasional pain in my right hip where the urosurgeon attached or anchored the mesh support. That didn’t worry me to much so I went ahead with the surgery. At the time I was led to believe it was my only choice and there was no alternative. I was not told about the dangers involved and was not able to find any info on transvaginal mesh surgery at the time. I knew no one who had it done. None of the nurses I worked with were familiar with this surgery then. After the surgery I had terrible pain and it definately took 6 wks and longer to fully heal. Unfortunately things only got worse regarding my urinary issues. Within months I could see I was worse off than before the surgery with vaginal pain, back pain, and worse urinary incontience than ever and not just stress incontinence now. I went back to the doctor and my gynecologist trimmed some scar tissue from inside my vagina. She said wait and see if that helps the vaginal pain. It wasn’t long before I discovered I could not have sexual intercourse without pain. I continued to work and care for my husband who later suffered a stroke and would be in a wheelchair for the next 8 years. After continued problems with worsening pain vaginally, bladder spasms, incontinence, back and leg pain, difficulty sleeping due to the pain, no sex life, multiple doctor visits and back and forth to the urologist over the next 4.5 years I was finally told my surgery needed to be redone!!!

    By the time I find out that hundreds of thousands of women were going through the same thing I had already suffered for 6 years.

    I went to a new urologist for another opinion and after extensive uncomfortable humiliating testing I was told it was to late to do anything..and it was impossible to remove the mesh implant. There was to much damage and the mesh was completely embedded in my flesh. He said he was sorry but there is nothing I can do…it is to dangerous. In 2012 I found a lawyer. A few months later my lawyer tells me my case was referred to another law firm. Over the next five years I talked to a real lawyer aproximately 5 or 6 times. They rarely called me. I rarely received any mail from them to update me on the status of my case.

    Basically they let American Medical call the shots. American Medical convinced the court master that they would settle strictly on their terms based on how many surgeries each victim had to correct the problem…not based on how much injury or suffering or loss of normal function and movement, not based on loss of income..all because of the mesh. All Americam Meducal would agree is based on the number of corrective surgeries each victim had…so if it was to dangerous for you to have it repaired or removed..to bad! You get peanuts!!

    Your suffering and pain do not matter! No one will receive over $200,000 no matter how bad their injuries or suffering..even if they die!. Many are receiving less than $50,000 and even more less than that. Some awards are as little as $1,000. Others are $4,000., then $6,000.etc.,

    I will be disabled the rest of my life and unable to work or even lift more than 10 pounds, in constant pain, unable to have a sex life, and incontinent of urine. I was told by one of the lawyers they did their best to get us a fair settlement! How the hell is this a fair settlement for what I have been and continue to go through, and will for the rest of my life? How can these lawyers sleep at night? How can the the people running American medical sleep at night? How can the courtroom master sleep at night? How can the judge who reviewed our cases sleep at night and hold his head up to do his job after American Medical raped us and left us disabled and useless to rot like pieces of meat? And on top of that the lawyers helped American Medical rape us in the courtroom!

    I hope and pray that all involved of the rape and betrayel of American Medical victims, recieve their just reward!!!y

  14. Lordhelpus says:

    Lies and deceptions! I was also put on hold by these wolves in sheeps clothing. They’re doing this to her because it will be one less case on their hands. They’re trying to buy each other time to see what other lies they can come up with. They work in concert just like the regular criminals do, except these are high class criminals who can buy their way in and buy their way out just because they know they can. From 2008 to 2015 they left me hanging too. In that time between dr and hospital visits, X-rays, sonos, cat scans, mri’s, yep even transvaginal sonos, they lied to me too and said that there was nothing wrong each time sending me home feeling like it was all in my head. **In 2008 the mesh was put in, day after my discharge I got up to pee and felt this horrible painful paralyzing tear inside me. I told the dr about it and all he said was that I just had to get used to it. I told him time and time again but to no avail that’s when I decided to go else where. I went to a well known hospital in NYC where they did an MRI in 2011 where I was also dismissed as an all in your head case, but since I have a habit of asking for pictures and reports I asked them for them but they only gave me the cd. I thought maybe it was enough so I walked out. Every time I called for the report like they told me to, they would tell me that no report was ever made? I let it go and went on to seeing other drs trying to find the cause of this terrible pain, but of course nothing. One day, feeling aggravated and having had my fill of lies I decided this is my body and I only have me to care for it, so I called that same particular hospital once again in 2014 and demanded they give me the report to the MRI but this time they tried to tell me that I was never there and no MRI was found on me, so I decided to show up instead. When they tried to pull the same bs on me again I pulled my cd out of my bag and said, “so much for my not being here” and put the ce right on the glass window in front of their stupid faces. They had no other choice but to search long and hard, but they did found it. In it it described mesh erosion, and a tiny stone on one of my kidneys which I’m sure was caused by this whole mess. I’ve since moved away from the city and found a dr who without looking at one single X-ray, was able to do a regular checkup and tell me that my mesh was indeed eroded and exactly where the pieces were. He did surgery and removed two pieces out but the anchors that held it in place he couldn’t take out because they’re too dangerous to remove but they’re still in there stabbing me and causing me a whole lot of pain. Yet I’m too afraid to find a dr to take them out but I’m too afraid for my life.**I have four girls and three beautiful grandkids whom I adore and want to be around for. I’ve also seen how this mesh mess has ended the lives of so many women so senselessly when it all could’ve been avoided…RIP…. :'(

    • Maria Garcia says:

      Dr. Michael Hibner
      Da Vinci Surgical System

      • Jane Akre says:

        Just FYI, the DaVinci System has thousands of adverse event reports within the MAUDE database of the FDA.

        • Kitty says:

          I just heard that Pres Trump lifting regulations on business’ Not sure how that affects FDA regulations.

          • Jane Akre says:

            Kitty- It’s best not to discuss presidential politics here. Doubtful that this pro-business president will do anything to make life tougher for mesh manufacturers including their medical devices…. be careful who you vote for.

  15. Kitty says:

    Whoa…didn”t we all petition FDA re mesh classification. My concern is regulations could be affected. What am I …chopped liver? Love u anyway Jane

  16. Magda e says:

    I need help with my AMS mesh. My lawyer dropped my case because Kaiser did not have to be correct Lot number on my medical records so my case has been revoked.

    Can someone help me.

  17. Pauls says:

    So are you telling us who had mesh and enormous amount of pain infection in and out of the hospital for years due to the mesh my surgery that let up to having mesh was annastamostis, so don’t bother filling out all this paperwork with these lawyers that contact you? I mean what’s next throw the Constitution out the window truly that seems to be what’s happening in this world.♡

    • Jane Akre says:

      By its nature an MDL makes going to court less likely, unless you are one of the selected bellwether trials. If you choose state court you can name your doctor and have some chance of going before jury but juries are not a sure thing either.

  18. Diva64 says:

    The translabila 3D & 4D ultrasounds. I read last night is the only test that will reveal the condition of the mesh, that it will not show on xray,MRI or CT scans. I have had all those that it dies not show on, I requested in 2012 and 2014 The translabila 3D , two different doctors denied me this. I have been told I have no mesh it is broken into bits and pieces mixed in with tendons, nerves, etc , some mat be able to be removed but first I had to be off all the pain meds the other doctors had put me on to shut me up about my pain. I had something show up on C.T and MRI as far back as 2008 but no one told me anything , I discovered for myself when I began gathering my records in hopes of achieving diagnoses and actual help.I knew something was bad wrong I kept complaining of pain in my pelvic area pain going down the front of my left leg starting about the groin area. Oh yes in 2006 they said it is your back. In 2011 when there were so many ads on TV listing the symptoms I started putting the puzzle together . All these doctors let me suffer all these years. I am pretty much homebound , bedbound , have both kidney disease difficulty voiding 4 years of battling diarrhea, mesh was used pelvic and rectal , my body is sick from the toxins, anemia, thyroid, S E.Lupus, diagnosed about a year after implant with fibromyalgia, had low back surgery 2,5 years later , have had squamous cell carcinoma grade 2 in vulular area , surgery there, have thyroid condition, diverticulitis but that may be a wrong diagnoses, scheduled for more colonoscopies upper and lower but can’t afford the co pays on the procedures, so more delays seeing Dr Raz in Dec . I have nearly given up a few times with being lied to humiliated, etc. But I am not giving up unless death takes me first . I want the real answers. As far as tiers , they can shove their tiers . Insurance bills that is someone else’s battles for retribution not the victims . I refuse . Won’t sign any settlement until they get things right .

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