To start, i'm really glad i found this web site, i actually stumbled across it a couple months ago and read some posts and other stuff and really enjoyed it, but at that time did not have a computer at home and was working 50 hours or more a week so had no time. Things have drastically changed now...
I started my journey of back problems on July 14, 2009. I drive garbage transfer semi's for a local company where i live in southern MI. We haul very heavy loads and the one i was hauling that afternoon was light at about 111,000 pounds gross. Long story short, the 5th wheel on the tractor released and i fealt the pop as the trailer started to let go, with cars around, my option was to hit the breaks and hope for the best, which i did and the trailer, about 97,000 pounds, came into the back of the frame on the tractor. So basically, i was rearended by 97,000 lbs at about 25-30 mph.
my employer sent me their dr, after i completed the day at work in a lot of pain, and they said to take some muscle relaxers and ibuprofen and i'd be fine, to follow up later if needed. AT that point, i was having a hard time walking, sitting, standiing, and they did nothing. the next day, i made them send me somewhere else, and this place took x-rays, which showed nothing, and they ordered some phys. therapy, and said it was a muscle strain. Over the next two weeks on weight restrictions and P.T. every couple days, i started feeling better, fo rhte most part and b/c my employer was getting ancy with the whole thing, i got them to release me back to full duties at work.
Over the next month, things went well, then September, a little more sore, but by the 3rd week of october, the inuprofen and muscle relaxers weren't helping and one night while playing cards with friends, i tried to stand up and everything got really bad. I went back to the work dr. the next day and they said it was nothing to do with the accident from july, that they wouldn't treat me, so i went to my p/c doctor, and they took xrays and ordered an mri.
The x-rays showed some minor degenerative changes, more than normal for my age, only 27 years. When we got the mri results, they showes herniation of L4-5 and 5-S1, it also showed herniation of T8-9 and 9-10, along with ligament damage in that entire region. results also showed degenerative changes and some exagerated kyphoses of the thoracic spine possibly related tho Sherman's disease.
I fired that dr, after he quit returning my phone calls and started seeing a spine specialist and pain management dr. The specialist looked at my mri films and his first answer was i don't think i can fix this, we will have to treat what we can and hope that my "young" body can do healing on it's own. He found the 2 Lumbar herniations and also said those two are severely dehydrated, he also found that in addition to the thoracic herniations, i have a fracture of T9, possibly collapsing, a possible fracture of T8, and herniation of T8-7. There are also enough other changes to label me DDD, and he said that we can rule out the Sherman's. Since then, the second week of Nov, 2009, I have been on every medication from Ultram to now Methodone, taking 10mg 3-4 times daily, and we are now trying to get my insurance carrier to pay for a diskogram. Oh yeah, my dr. took me off work on 12-11-09, and MI workman's Compensation is fighting the whole thing saying that my injuries are not work relatd because my only problem as they see it is some minor degenerative changes. This is week 7 off work with no income to provide for my family of three, and i'm starting to loose it a little, the pain keeps getting worse, the medications stronger and my hopes of returning to work are slim to none now, at least to my job as it is hard physical labor and driving for the DOT. My dr says to start looking for another career or college, that i really don't have any other options.
Thanks for listening, any help and wisdom would be greatly appreciated...