I'm a 50 year old female. I drove an 18 wheeler, and I fell from the top step. I could feel my heartbeat in my spine while lying on the ground. I managed to get up, and eat ibuprophen (sp) which did nothing. I didn't want to go to a doctor so my safety manager allowed me to continue working.
After about 3 weeks I wasn't getting better. I was getting worse. I couldn't sweep out a 53' trailer without getting a "catch" in my back that almost made me cry. I started having low back pain. My right leg went numb, if I stood for very long. My middle back would just feel like someone hit me with a rock after sitting, and I'd get a "catch" in my right hip so bad I'd be standing up while driving down the road. NOT SAFE. I finally requested I be allowed to go to a doctor at home.
My safety director sent me to a family doctor. She gave me zanaflex. I insisted she allow me to continue working. She did. Within about 3 weeks later I was finally taken off work and an MRI ordered. She only ordered the lower part of my spine even tho I told her I think I fell on my back and hit my hip as well. The MRI results are below.
Indiana workman's comp directs your medical care. I was approved for a pain clinic to begin steroid injections, but then that approval was taken back. They sent me to an orthopedic surgeon (in my small town we don't have orthos who practice neuro). He saw me for less than 10 minutes and without even telling me he released me to return to work with NO restrictions. My WC checks were stopped, and my boss put me on "laid off" status since he does know I would never tell him a lie about what I'm going through.
Here's what happens:
I can't walk from the front of Walmart ( for instance ) to the back because I get such pain in my back. It's like a "catch". Now BOTH legs go numb along with the area at the top of each leg. I've had HORRID muscle spasms that were so painful I couldn't stand up or walk hardly at all. My daughter came and took me to the hospital. Thank GOD the spasm in my back is gone unless I make a bed, sweep a floor, or try to do simple tasks that require bending or twisting.
Now my left hand is numb on the outside and in my little finger only. I'm not sure, if that's even related to my back injury.
One doctor told me she didn't understand why I had symptoms on my right side since the disc was protruding on the left side. How would I know either? I'm just saying what I feel.
To say I'm depressed is putting it mildly. I had a anxiety attack that made my heart rate go to 176 and my blood pressure went to 159/99 and was climbing. I thought I was having a heart attack so I went to the hospital. They gave me xanax which worked, but I had to lie down cos it made me feel horrible...
I now take zanaflex or skelaxin (neither helps), celexa and doxepin. I take the meds at night. I end up sleeping for 10-12 hours.
Anyone else have these kinds of symptoms? Can you give me an idea of what I need to do to get the docs to check my spine from the neck down and not just the bottom part?
The Indiana Workman's Comp board made an appointment with a Dr. No Name in Lexington, Ky ( 112 miles from here ), and he uses some sort of machine called The Hanoun Evaluation and Rehabilitation (ER) System. What IS that, and will it hurt?
Thanks for any help you can give me.