Hello I am new to the forum
I suffered a work related injury in Florida but i reside in another state .
I am still in litigation with them .
I suffered a disc herniation of the L5-S1 with a tear in the disc annulus .
I have been on the same medical restircitions for a year . with only getting worse . I am not currently working because I cannot do the work i did before .
I have had an IDET procedure done . with no success as well as injections with no success .
I did my one time dr change and she had an MRI done which showed now i have Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease in that L5-S1 Disc . the disc is still torn and herniated . also i have disc displacement ( that is the same thing but her new diagnosis ) and also lumbar radiaculpathy .
I went for the FCE evaluation ( functional capactiy eval ) i really dont know what it all means but the evaluator told me if you do not feel you can do something safely dont do it . i did try the things she asked me . i get muscle spasms feel like someone is stabbing me in my right foot and my back flares up where im down for days . they gave me a rating of MMI and also only 5 % PPI i dont know what all that means and i asked the dr if i could return to the nursing field but she said as long as your not lifting more then 25 pounds. pretty much my career is over i had 1 year to complete my degree . I cannot clean my home alone without my husbands help and i cannot sit too long or stand too long but this FCE did not evaluate that and i have been complaining about this all along the sitting and standing which is bothersome .
so what does it all mean is the big question ? anyone have similar experiences . thankyou for your help