first let me begin by telling you what is and has been going on, I have posted several other posts but for those of u who don't know whats going on here's a little history.
I was injured at work in April while helping a nurse pull a patient up in the bed, by the time I got off work I could barely walk, I got home took some ibuprophen and benedryl so I could sleep. When I woke up I was in such severe pain that I could barely move my legs and I knew I couldn't go to work, so I called my supervisor and went to the doctor.
this is taken directly from my MRI report:
L4-L5: Disc dessication changes with disc space narrowing. Mild to moderate broad based right paracentral predominant protrusion with anterior deformaty of the thecal sac, narrowing of the lateral recesses, right greater than left, and right neural foraminal narrowing inferiorly without nerve root impengement. Mild facet degenerative changes with further mild bony neural foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1: Moderate central protrusion with associated annular tear. There is mild anterior deformity of the thecal sac. Mild narrowing on the right lateral recess. No significant neural foraminal narrowing.
Since this injury I have had PT, transforaminal ESI's many different kinds of pain meds and muscle relaxors with little relief. I continue to be in pain on a daily basis. Anything that I try to do exacerbates the pain to an uncontrolable level. I was sent to a neurosurgeon by my primary doc. Neurosurgeon seen me 3 times and decided that it was not operable and pretty much dumped me. He set me at MMI and said there was nothing more that could be done for me. And gave me a release to return to my regular job. My copy said no lifting, but magically that was a mistake and changed to full duty.....grrrrr don't get me started on that one.
The thing is I am not better, I still live with terrible pain in my back, legs, feet and little toes. I know that I couldn't return to the job I was doing as it requires alot of walking, lifting, bending, twisting......
W/C has cut all of my benefits including my medical, and I don't have a doctor anymore. My place of employment is calling wanting to put me back on the schedule. I called my attorney who said that they could cut my medical, and wants to wait until he gets the doc's notes to give me any advice on the situation. I want a second opinion, I know something is wrong with me. I know I am not imagining this pain. I am not concerned with being paid a big settlement, my main concern is getting better so that I can have my life back. I want to be able to stand on my own two feet as I always have. I want someone to listen to me, not just look at an MRI and say we can't do surgery so therefore we shall pretend there is nothing wrong with you and send you back to a job that would be impossible for you to do. Had he listened to me he would know that going back to work for me is just a fantasy right now. Why do doctors treat the diagnosis and not the patient. Why do they chose to ignore your symptoms and tell u that there is basically nothing wrong with you. I work in the health field and the first thing we learned is that u treat the patient not the test results. I know that there are objective and subjective findings to every diagnosis. But my symptoms are real whether they can be seen on a test or not. I am being affected by this in so many ways. I am getting depressed and feeling worthless and useless, my husband has had to pick up the slack for me and its affecting our relationship in a very negative way. He is begining to get resentful and who could blame him. I can't do the things I used to do with my children, we couldn't even take a vacation this summer because of me.
Before I ever had the MRI or was seen by any doctor my primary complaint was always LBP with pain radiating down my right leg, weakness, numbness and tingling in my right leg and foot and little toe (you know the feeling when one of your limbs go to "sleep"), and my right leg has went completely out on me on several occasions.
Has this happened to anyone else? What are my options. Is this the end? Am I supposed to just accept what this neuro surgeon has said and just pretend that I am all better? I am so lost and losing hope by the second, please if anyone has had to endure anything simular to whats going on with me, help me.
Thank you so much for all the advice and support, u have no idea how much it means to me.