Hi, my name is Wes.
I am new to this site tonight and was wondering if I could get some feedback from you good people. On November 18, 2008, I was crushed by a fork-lift at work. When the incident happened I was stuck in between the fork-lift and the wall for about 3-5 minutes before they could get it moved. When it was finally moved I fell to the ground in severe pain, not to mention I was crushed so hard it made me have a bowel movement in my pants. Anyways, I fell to the ground with extreme pain and tingling in both legs. I thought I was going to die. I spent a week in the hospital with 2 pelvic fractures and broken ribs. I was in so much pain I could hardly move. They did a ct scan in the emergency room and concluded the pelvic would heal on it's own without having surgery. When I came home I was still in excruciating pain. I went for my first dr. visit to an orthopedic physician. He re-xrayed it and said it was healing nicely, but I still had alot of pain. He said he didn't know why I was in so much pain still after 3 weeks, unless I maybe had some nerve damage. He then said he wanted to see me again in another month which is going to be on the 13th of January. I told this to my PCP when I seen him on December 31. He asked me if I wanted to find out now if that was the case. I told him that I did. He did it and the results said I had a mild L5 radiculopathy and a moderate right L5 radiculopothy and the right sural response was within normal limits. Actually the nurse told me this when she gave me the report to give to the orthopedic physician, so I really wasn't able to quiz him down about this unless I wanted to wait for an hour to see him. My question is What does this mean and what are the chances of a quick recovery? Also what can I expect for (if any) long term problems. After 6 and a half weeks I am still in alot of pain. Sorry for the long question process here. Thanks for any answers.