i'm a very young women, early twenties, about 7 months ago i got hurt on the job, the owner brought me to the er and i was dx with a mustle strain, was out of work for one month. i was treated for a muscle strain for 3 months until things got extremely worse. i got an mri done and was dx with minimal disk herniation, i then saw a neurologist for my acute leg pain (numbness, tingling, and shooting cramp like pains from my buttocks all the way to my heal) he explained to me that that was neuropathy and gave me medication to help control it. another month passed and every day was getting more and more difficult for me. i was working with minimal restrictions and wasn't receiving light duty work. until one day i had to go to the er again, approx 2 months ago. i was treated for pain and in the following days followed up with my pcp and neurologists. They ordered a second set of mri's and wanted me to stay out of work for some time. my herniation had increased in size and was protruding onto the nerves around the area. i was out of work for nearly 2 months for this. I just recently got released from my pcp to work a few hours a week. my employer is giving me an extremely hard time still after all of this, my workers comp nurse is completely following my life and being rude to me over the phone. my lawyer keeps telling me that it'll be ok and to just deal with it for now. but how much longer do i have to deal with this? i am in chronic pain, the bills arn't getting paid, and everyday gets harder and harder. how do people get over the depression aspect in a situation like this? does anyone know a time frame of when this will all be over?
i can't get a surgery consult until next month, and i am doing aquatic therapy and seeing my pcp regularly, things have plateaud, and all i'm doing is waiting.
does anybody have any advice for me?