Hello everyone. Been a silent troll on this site for a while, and just wanted to get others opinions on the matter I'm having with UPS. I've been with the company since 12/2007. Been working as a loader and then started picking off, but went back to loading for the workout. I've always one of the hardest workers at my job. Always came early and was the last to leave, had a can do attitude, and never no-called no-showed. (just want to establish my reputation.) Around the end of May 2010 I began experiencing back pain. I had trouble entering and exiting cars and I would just have a lot of discomfort during this time. One night before I went to work the pain increased. I went to work and notified my sups about it and they just watched me work and I worked at a slower pace than normal. The following night I went to the emergency room at the request of my sups and got an x-ray that showed nothing. I continued to have pain and sought the help of a chiropractor. During this time the pain was so severe that if I was sitting I needed to physically push my hips forward to straighten my back when I stood. After a month off, and chiropractor adjustments, I got an MRI which showed a bulging disc of about 3-4cms (Keep in mind this is a month after the day I notified the sups so who knows how much more the disc was protruding). I notified my sups and they notified me that since I didn't injure my back at work I shouldn't file workers comp, but instead go on short term disability. (During the last month of my time loading I was having to work harder and lift up all the irregs on my area and most of the next belt because the co-worker working with me was too weak to do them and too slow to handle the packages when they started coming down at high speed. So, I had to do more work to get the job done because the co-worker couldn't do theirs. sorry for venting. This is the reason that my back started hurting I feel. People have described the injury to me as when people have carpal tunnel. Repetivie motions eventually agravate the body to the point where surgery could be required ) So I filed short-term disability and during the time away from work I went through spinal decompression therapy in hopes of feeling better. This process wasn't covered by insurance and set me back $3,000 out of pocket. My short-term disability terminated on me and then I had to appeal the process, which I won. However, I've been out of work until the present due to pain. I've sought out physical therapy and have been continuing the process on my own to strengthen my body. However, I'll still get some electrical like shocks going through my back, spasming, and pain while driving for long periods. (during last semester I was driving 30-60 (with traffic) mins to school). My 1 year from filing the injury report is coming up around May 24th, and I'm wondering what others opinions are on the matter. I've let my safety sup know that I might file workers comp, but it seemed like he was just scaring me from not filing it by saying "since you've been getting payments from short term disability and then switch to workers comp workers comp will be like why are you filing with us? Just because you ran out of money? So they might not give you anything" kinda thing. I've been away from work for almost a year and I've only been able to survive finacially because I stay at home, have no kids, and my monthly bills only total about $130. I had to rely on my savings during this time. (my checks from Aetna amounted to around $4,500 which with the spinal decompression and co-pays, and after Aetna denied my claim I had to pay full price on some treatments means I owed more medical bills than they covered. Sorry for the novel, but i just wanted to get others opinions on the matter. Looking back I think I should have filed workers comp, but I was talked out of it by my sups. Thanks for any help yawl.