here is the saga of my last 4 months: im 26 and a cna in a nursing home in pa. on july 27th i was helping to transfer a very large resident when he started to fall and i twisted my back in the process. i felt immediate pain. i went to a doctor on the pannel who was an ortho surgeon. i saw his pa first and she did xrays and said i just had a lumbar and thoracic strain and gave me 2 weeks off. she gave me nycunata for pain and flexeril and a prescription for pt. also she said i had scolosis but less than 20 degree curve.
i saw doctor 2 weeks later and i convinced him to do an mri. it took a while because of workmans comp but i finally had one on 8/24..almost a month later. i didn't see the doctor again till 9/11 but i had the disc and could clearly see the herination. i also got the report that said i had a small herination at l5/s1.
saw doctor 9/11 he blew off the herination and put me on light duty at work at this time with no prolonged standing and no lifting restrictions. changed my meds to tylenol 3 and flexeril and said to come back 10/25.
10/25 i was starting to feel like my pain was only around a 2 or 3 daily and he put me back to full duty no restrictions. said to come back after six weeks. what a huge mistake. first day back 10/27 and i was in extreme pain..only got worse. i called office and they couldn't fit me in till 11/5. in mean time i went to er and got stronger meds but the percocet weren't even helping. my back hurt and was so stiff. everyday after work i was basically crying and hunched over.
11/5 physican's assistant switched me to light duty and ordered more pt also switched meds to tramadol. i was done after this appointment. i feel like because my reflexes are okay they are dismissing me. also all my diagnosis' are lumbar strain..no mention of the herinated disc.
so 11/8 went to family doc. he refered me to neurosurgeon. on 11/7 i had woken up with pain in left calf and i could barely walk. i asked work to give me a sitting job but they refused so i had family doc take me out of work till neurosurgeon on 11/15. the leg pain went away after 5 days of being home but back pain persists and is bad.
neurosurgeon said not a candiate for surgery and so i saw family doctor on the same day and he set me up for pain management but that appointment isn't till dece 1st. he also put me back to work with no restrictions till then. he also gave me tylenol 3 again.
so now i am taking 2 tylenol 3 every 4 hours and 2 tramadol every 4 hours so i am basically taking pills every 2 hours. and im still having a pain level of 5 when not working and 7 when working.
any suggestions on what i can do to try to help myself untill pain management appointment?
i feel like i have been getting the run around for the last 4 months and i am seriously thinking about getting a lawyer.