To make a very long story short I had an injury to my back at work two years ago and had to have a microdiscetomy. Surgery went ok and I was released back to work four months later. I'm a fence installer so the work is very physical, but I was released back to work with no restrictions. I did ok but my back just didn't feel the same and the hard labor caused me to always have a sore back that would come and go. A few months later the back pain wouldn't leave and the leg pains started coming back.
I had another MRI but it didnt show anything wrong so the dr. ordered me off work for three months and a series of spinal injections. At the end of the three months I felt the same and the injections did't help at all, infact I think they made it worse some how. I have very specific left sided back pain that radiates into the back of my leg, hip,knee, and foot. He ordered a NCS and EMG and it came back positive for nerve and muscle problems that are fed by the S1 nerve root. In the 3 months I saw a foot dr and had my foot xrayed 2 times. Nothing was wrong with my foot and the foot dr said nerve related.
Finally my original Dr. ordered anothe MRi with contrast and he said I had (epidural fibrosis), scar tissue that was incasing the S1 nerve root from the original surgery. He told me I did have a small protrusion at the same level but he thought the scar tissue is whats causing the leg problems. He told me more surgery would just make it worse, and to just take it easy. He gave me permanent restrictions of no repetitive bending or lifting over 30 lbs.
I just got a secound opinion from a new spine dr. and he said that the protrusion is causing the problems and that I need another micro. He also tried an Injection that didnt help. This scares me I have two creditable doctors telling me two different things. If I do the surgery it might not help and it could scar worse and put me in more misery. So which Dr. is right. My new Dr. wants to do the surgery and I have no choice but to do it.
The original injury was coverede by LNI so they pay for all the Dr visists. Either way I can't return to my physical labor job that was the only job I have ever worked and the way I support my family. Im only 26 years old and worked there for 6 years. I have recently got a lawyer who says that pain and suffering means nothign to LNI, but they might retrain me to do something else, but no word on that.
I have some anxiety and depression from not knowing what Im going to do for a job and the constant pain I deal with. LNI wont cover any dr visits other than any referrels from the dr. who did my original surgery so I wait. The pain is bad and hard to deal with on a daily basis. I got him to refer me to a pain management clinic but still no word on when I get to go.
This Whole thing scares me because he told me that my L4/L5/s1 are all black and wore out so that causes my back pain that will never leave. He is hoping that the micro will make my leg pain go away, but what it if it is the scar tissue and not the protrusion causing my pain and I have another surgery and six months later im in worse pain, if thats possible. I dont know what to think. I know that Pain meds can be addicting but who are they for then. Nobody has ever gave me any except a week after surgery when I finally felt fine, I don't get it.
Lni is a nightmare to work with and it taks months to get anything approved and in the mean time I sit a home and try to take care of my two little boys, but everyday is harder and harder. I feel that the Pain Management Dr. might be able to give me medicines that allow me to live my life pain free, without taking the chance at making it worse and jumping into more surgery. I know that I'm not the only one out there dealing with this sort of thing. Everyone else I talk to get hydros, or morphine or some sort of pain medicine but all my doctors tell me chronic back pain is hard to treat and dont want to go that route. I have a hard time believing that all sorts of people feel like I do and dont take anything and just go to work and deal with it. If they do they dont feel the kink of pain that I do, thats for sure. Im not sure of what kind of medicines I need, just wondering what other people take because IBP,tylenol aint working at all.
Anybody who has any similar medical problems or advise can please reply to me. Thanks for your time I truly appreciate hearing from you.