Long story short, I'm on Work Comp (WC) and have been dealing with this issue since 3/14/2010. I was taking care of a hospice patient when I felt a horrible pain in my back, could not stand up, & ended up collapsing on the floor. FINALLY got the job to send me to a dr and they were VERY hateful abt it.
Since May of last year I have had abt a dozen MRI's, 3 injections, been through 4 drs, a CT Myelogram (which led to a Spinal Headache & subsequent Blood patch...PAINFUL!!!!), 2 different PT offices, and finally a Lawyer.
I was diagnosed with lower back pain, then bulging discs, finally they have said it was herniated discs at L3/L4. It was confirmed I have nerve damage in my left leg...which explains the constant tingling and pain. I have not worked in a year & have had to fight for a pathetic $600 a month. (Note~ I have not received a paycheck for over 4 months. Thank God for tax returns, huh??)
I'm at my breaking point. I want this WC issue to just go away. I'm almost ready to resign myself to the pain for the rest of my life. I would love to return to work, take care of my yard (all 10 acres), enjoy camping/fishing again, etc. I was told I needed to be "rated" in order to close out my WC case. This was told to me AFTER I said I was too scared to go thru surgery. So, because I am afraid of being worse off than I am now, I have to see ANOTHER doctor, that has never treated me, and HE will determine how bad my back is? IS THIS NORMAL?????
I am re-thinking having the surgery. Any thoughts on this? I'm so frustrated about being at the mercy of WC drs and waiting on the WC insurance to give a crap about me. (I realize they have more than just me to deal with...I'm just fed up.)