Saturday Aug. 15th I lifted a heavy box in awkward position. I felt a pop in lower back and a burning that spread up to my neck, across my shoulders, between my hips, basically everywhere. I finished working the day and noted the way the pain spread and changed.
Monday I went to the Worker's Comp Clinic and immediately realized I had entered realm where I didn't know the rules, the language, customs, nothing. I was just hurt and wanted the doctor to find what was broke and lets fix it. Bing batta bing. That was 2 1/2 months ago. Wow.
My first clue that I was outta my league was after the initial consult with PA, I was signed up for physical therapy. Weird, shouldn't we find out whats wrong first? Guess not. I told the therapist the same exact thing I told the PA: I felt a pop then the pain spread up my back. By end of the day I could barely walk, pain in hips, groin, left foot dragging occasionally, pain in upper back/neck area, radiating up my neck, arms, shoulders and hands hurting. Incredible pain. She said "you should have an MRI before we get started, let me go check on that." She came back and said, we could go ahead and get started because "patients in serious shape usually experience "shooting" pain". O.K., so I did not get the vocabulary pamplet on my way in, I described burning electrical type pain in my hands, arms and shoulders, hips and groin but that is not "shooting" pain so its O.K.????
Before I knew it I was at a chiropractor for adjustments. I specifically asked if we shouldn't do Xray or something before adjusting me. No, no, perfectly safe. Crack crack. My ears begun ringing and have continued every since. After breaking down in tears I finally got an Xray and MRI. Results?
Disc desication @ L4-5, L5-SI. L4-5 broad posterior bulge w/ PROBABLE annular tear. Small cent disc protusion w/out neural forminal stenosis. L-5-SI small disc protrusions w/out spinal canal stenosis. Mild left neural foraminal stenosis. Cervical = normal.
Basically, according to my comp dr. nothing. Tension in my upper back (MRI & Xray of neck) and I'm just getting old and bulging in lower. Most people don't even notice bulges.
Well, I am noticing it. I am in incredible pain all day every day. Lower back, hips, buttocks, groin, thoracic pain, ears ringing, head hurting and I still have no actual diagnosis other than "strain/sprain".
Does anyone know what the report actually said. Am I crazy? A hypocondriac? A whiner who just has no tolerance of pain?