My name is Josh Anderson and I am joining the board thanks to advice from a friend.
I am currently suffering from a bulging disc at L4/L5 and a slipped vertebrae that has disturbed the alignment of my spine.
As of late, I have been in constant pain with tingling and numbness in the legs. This latest flair up, which started about six weeks ago, has been the worst I have ever dealt with. After going into the ER, I was given a morphine injection and prescribed a prednisone steroid pack to take down the inflammation and vicodin for the pain. As soon as I finished the steroid pack, my doctor prescribed me indocin as an anti-inflammatory medication and percocet for the pain. I soon found myself back at the ER where I received another morphine injection before getting a pat on the back out the door. Finally, my doctor referred me to a spine specialist. The spine specalist told me what was going on and mentioned that surgery is inevitable and then proceeded to schedule an epidural (which took place last Friday) and physical therapy (which won't begin till April 10). I have returned to the ER twice since meeting with her two weeks ago, both time I was given a morphine injection and sent home.
I feel like I am getting the run around from my HMO. I go in to one doctor he sends me to the next, the next tells me something and sends me on...it's starting to seem nobody there really wants to help. I've been told surgery is needed and I'm dealing with unbearable pain...I just don't know why we are waiting so long.
Due to the pain, I had to resign from my job. I'm not longer sleeping, I cannot drive for more than 15 minutes without feeling the pain, I'm depressed from being stuck in bed all day...My entire life has been put on halt and I feel like my doctors just don't care.
I'm desperate for help. Ways to deal with the pain, ways to get the attention of my doctors...anything to help me out.
I'm happy to join a group of people that may be able to get me going and help me return to the lifestyle I once knew.