I am at a total loss at who to call, what to do about a situation with Workers Comp. Dr.
Aug 15 I injured my upper and lower back lifting too heavy a box in an awkard position. I pulled alot of muscles and MRI Shows a "probable" annular tear in lower back. Normal MRI on C-Spine. However, its been 3 months, pt, NSAIDS, Trigger point injections, chiro; and no pain relief. The pulled muscles are better. But I have discogenic pain in lower and what I and I alone believe, similar pain in T1/C7 area. This week at work I was able to replicate a particular symptom that was indicitive to me. Dr. recently increased my weight limit to 15lbs. I lifted exactly 6 (one at a time) 10lb bags of potatoes and the pain shot up my neck and my ears rang. I went on to light things until pain and ringing died down. Then I lifted 13 - 5lb bags = same exact result. Pain shot up my neck and ears rang. Then again after it all settled down I got the exact same result with 20 - 3lb bags. Dr. is saying my upper back hurts from muscle tension thus the 7 trigger point injections (that did not work). The conclusion I reached from that experiement was discogenic.O.K. thats all the backdrop.Here's what happened yesterday at Dr appt.
Dr asked if injections worked, I said yes and no. The muscles that got the shots were numb at first but now, one week later they are more painful than ever. I described the experiment above, Dr decreased my weight restriction to 10 lbs?!? I explained to him my newfound knowledge of disc anatomy and the meaning of annular tears and the importance of us looking at confirming an annular tear, its extent and type. He said the MRI report said probable and prescribed more pt, that will help it heal. But Dr. shouldn't we confirm, not necessary. But Dr. from what I've learned the pain from nucleus of disc chemically reacting with outer fibrosis can cause severe pain, and that is what I am experiencing. He interrupted and said moderate to mild pain only. Most people don't even notice annular tears. But Dr. the pain I am feeling in lower back is very similar to upper back and MRI's do not always pick up annular tears. Dr said he is going to order lab work. What?!? (It is at this point I felt I had stepped off reality and into the twilight zone). Why would we run labs? Thyroid disorders cause fatigue, etc (he went on to discribe symptoms, none of which I have). Then he educated me to a medicine that he has had great success with in treating thyroids (forgot it's name, was still trying to figure out the left turn). Who is your PM? Oh he don't like _ _ _ (whatever it was called). Tell you what I'll do for you, (I'm thinking of a greasy car salesman in a trench coat) you can do a self referral and come to my clinic (like I would actually pay for your services! I think not)and I'll be able to help you. Of course worker comp won't pay for this (OH! I see, lets move my back pain out of workers comp and move the cow to your pature so you can milk it! Now his agenda became clear and I finally understood the left turn). I couldn't get out of there quick enough. In a haze of pain, depression, anger and insulted sensibilities when low and behold. I run into a friend who is seeing same Dr. for a blown out knee. She wanted to know what was wrong, I looked awful. I told her I was hurting, havin a bad day, and looks like I may have chemical imbalance so I'm off to the lab. Yeah, me too she said. What do you mean you too? Well, Dr. found a thyroid problem in my labs. What the heck did thyroid problem have to do with total knee replacement? Well, what the heck does it have to do with your back?...
Can anyone relate, can I call someone, see another Dr. Is there anything I can do beside waste another two weeks on partial compensation, incredible pain and still no black and white diagnosis let alone treatment???????
Please help, I am so desprite.