I listed as a new member, but I was a member before I had my neck fusion surgery in 07. I could not remember my password or sign on, so here I am.
I've just had my 3rd WC injury and now they won't even allow me to work with restrictions because I had restrictions for 90 days at the first of the year. After my neck injury- another person dropped a 20 lb case of fluids on me, I feel I am slowly deteriorating. Although I don't do a lot of lifting at work, it seems that everytime now that I have to fill in and over do it I wind up injured. Usually I'm in bed for three days just to be able to return the next week. This time I badly damaged something. As listed my last surgery was a micro L 3-4 & L 4-5. The very sharp pain now is an inch or two above my scar. The pain radiates left. My left cheek, hip and thigh are numb but I have searing pain following a line through the point of the hip and down the thigh. It's like a searing hot track if you press into the numb skin.
If I walk even a short distance - like grocery shopping the pain gets crippling and I get very SOB.
All the issues I had from my L surgery seemed to be mainly on the right and I am still taking 300mg Lyrica and up to 400mg of Toradol per day. Am I pretty right in guessing this damage is in the T levels or is it still L based on symptoms? Since it is WC I know they will try to denigh the claim if it is the same part of my back. Or I may then have to try an re-open my old case which fortunately closed over a year ago.
I'm actually relieved to be off work for awhile as I haven't slept well for over a year and was actually thinking bad thoughts. Only getting 1-2 hours of sleep or no sleep was making me in a bad way. I tried for a year to communicate my issues to my PCP and he just would not give me anything for pain for night other than the tramadol and lyrica and restoril. I had just had a sleep study before I hurt the back again. Well im rambling
thanks for letting me vent!