A bit of history...I fell April 1/08 on a partch of ice at work, starting having severe pain in my left buttock going part way down my leg. I saw my Dr the next day, he RX'd T3's and PT said it should be gone in 2 weeks, and to come back and see him in two weeks, as per WCB policy. Stayed on that regimen for 4 weeks, then my PT said that they need to do more tests. The WCB Dr approvved Xrays, which showed a transitional L5. Results sent to my Dr, he said that shouldn't cause pain. Kept on the T3's and PT.
FF 2 weeks, no change, PT told the WCB Dr that more tests were needed, WCB Dr sent for an MRI on my lumbar spine. I saw my Dr for the results. He told me that I have a buling disc at L4/L5, with an annular tear, no nerve compression. Shouldn't be causing me pain. PT started a WCB approved 'fast track' exersize program, which signifigantly increased my pain. I ended up in the ER.
Told the PT, she told the WCB Dr, I was sent for an MRI on my left hip and a bone scan (full body as I am a cancer survivior). Results normal.
Pt was terminated by WCB after 3 months with no improvement, the said that I have plateaued. My last appointment with my Dr, he believes that I in pain but he doesn't know why. I am on tramadol ER which helps me get thru the day.
Has anyone else experienced annular tears and or bulging discs that are causing pain despite lack of nerve compression? Any advice on where I should go from here? Treatments, tests that I could ask for, etc?
I am a 27 year old single mom of 2 boys. I am refusing to believe that my only option is to be in pain, and on meds. I want to be able to walk without a limp (because of the pain in my butt which now runs all the way down my leg on bad days) and do the stuff that I want to be able to do with my boys.
BTW, I am in Canada, where there is a major Dr shortage. Changing Dr's is not possible for me, as there aren't any taking new patients (I've called). I also cannot make appointments with the WCB Dr, as this is against WCB policy.
Sorry for the long post and the spelling errors (I wish there was spellcheck).