My husband was at work lifting a huge pizza oven when he compressed T8-12 (July 8th,2008) after going to the hospital and them telling him he just had pulled chest muscle he went back to work for 3 weeks on July 31st he was at worked and was knocked off a 10ft ladder and his feet were 8ft in the air. I took him to the doctor (he was almost kicking and screaming cause he hates them) the doctor did an xray and found the compressions. After being rushed to Haborview Hospital they said that he needed to see a specialist we saw a specialist that just seemed to be not doing his job and said that he was too fat and needed to loose weight and he wouldn't have leg pains. I begged and pleaded for his lni claims manager to do something to change doctors. She refused for three weeks so in mid November I got fed up and called a lawyer. Since then we got transfered to a nuerosurgeon who finally did an mri and found his buldged disc between l4-l5. They sent him to physical therapy for the last 8wks and 2 weeks ago he had a steriod injection with no relief at all. My question is what do we do from here. His doctors took the day before christmas eve off until today and no one will call us back. I have asked what his plan is and he wont say anything he said lets take it one step at a time. I can't stand it anymore I want to know his options. I know surgery is one of them but is that going to stop his pain in his legs? If it doesn't what will? Is there a test that can tell if he has permanent nerve damage? Its going on 6 months and I feel like I have no more answers than when we first started. I feel like I am beating my head against a brick wall trying to ask the doctors questions. His physical therapist seems concerned because he is loosing the ability to even put weight on his left leg at times. I really don't want him to be paralyzed. I could handle it but I don't think he could.