I injured my back at work almost a year ago. It took the doctors that WC sent me to almost 6 months before they requested an MRI which took WC another 8 weeks to approve it. The MRI showed herniation in L4-L5 and is putting pressure on my sciatic nerve on the right. I have constant pain that gets worse with almost all activity, including sitting for more than 30 minutes.
I finally had a Dr who seemed to understand my pain and seemed to want to help me. He performed 2 epidural injections, which gave me very little relief and only for a couple hours. WC decided to change my Dr to one who put me back to work despite my increased pain with activity. They refuse to authorize PT and have recently requested an FCE. The worst part is that this new Dr is refusing to see me and when I call he just says continue taking pain meds and muscle relaxers around the clock, whether I want to or not. I have an Attorney that has just as much trouble if not more getting WC to help me (they haven't paid me in several months either). My concern is where to go now for my pain. I am only 34, I work retail which requires me to be on my feet for 8-10 hours a day, constant heavy lifting and bending, and I have 2 children to take care of. I don't know anyone who has ever suffered from this and so very few people understand my pain level. Please Help!!!!