Greetings! My name is Ryan. I am 28 years old and I have been in pain management therapy for 2 years with no success.
In college (2005) I was in a car accident, thrown from a Jeep crash and fractured my L1, compound fracture to clavicle, muscle and tissue damage to right arm and right leg. My back injury was never treated because the country hospital I was taken to only focused on the visible issues. I complained and did physical therapy for 1.5 years. I got better...
Two years ago My wife and I purchased our home. It was a total rehab. Me and a friend gutted, painted, chipped up tiles, removed carpeting and installed new cabinets, lighting, wood floors and painted some more. We did this in 6 days time. I never took breaks because I could not afford to do this house and pay back rent to the buyers of our old home.
Needless to say, a few days later i started to have back pain. I went to a GP after being forced by my wife and I got an MRI done on my lumbar and thoracic levels of my spine. They said I had nerve damage from L1-SI1. I started Physical Therapy, no progress after 3 months. I was referred to a pain management doctor. We tried trigger point injections and medication. No help. Since then we have done 2 rounds of facet joint injections from T12-SI1, 1 Nerve block procedure from L2-L5 and in October of 2011 we did Radio Frequency Ablation from L2-SI1. I have not received any benefit from the procedure. If anything I am more tight and hurting than ever.
I went to my doctor AGAIN yesterday and asked when I should consider getting an orthopedic surgeon's consult. He told me I am too young to consider this... I don't feel like I am getting help from him and I need to do something. I have a 9 month old son and he is only getting heavier....
Sorry to be so long winded... Any help would be appreciated.