Hello all, new guy here, hoping someone (anyone) here can offer some advice.
I was injured on the job back in July and sent to the ER by my employer. The ER doc suspected I pulled a muscle, told me to take a few days off, gave me some pain killers, made me an appointment with another doc, and sent me on my way.
I went to my appointment and the doc diagnosed me with strain of thoracic region and lumber strain, gave me some pain killers, put me on light duty of 4 hours per day, and prescribed physical therapy.
After 4 weeks of physical therapy, not only was I not feeling better, I was actually feeling worse. However, the doctor was still convinced physical therapy would work if given enough time, and prescribed 3 more weeks of it, along with an MRI.
By this point, I was hurting so bad after physical therapy that all I wanted to do was go home and spend the rest of the day in bed, popping pain killers and laying around with an ice pack on my back to dull the pain. So I called up my worker's comp, told them what was going on, that I could not take another 3 weeks of physical therapy, and asked to be moved to another doc.
Worker's comp set me up with another doc and got me in to see him the day after my MRI. This guy spent about 2 minutes with me. He took a quick look at my MRI and said he could see nothing out of the ordinary, set me up with a follow up appointment with another doc, and said I should go back to my normal routine with very few restrictions.
I explained to this guy my normal routine was working 12 hour shifts, and how some days I could barely stand to move about for a few minutes, much less 12 hours. His response: Give it a shot. And he nonchalantly walked away.
Fortunately for me, this doc put as a restriction that I shouldn't bend over more than 6 times per hour. Since I have to bend a lot, this was enough to keep me from going back to my normal 12 hour a day routine. There was no way I could handle pulling a 12 hour shift. I was barely making it through the 4 hour shifts the other doc limited me to.
At this point, I'm not sure what to do, and I'm not getting any satisfactory answers. So far, all I've gotten is a lot of guess work. They guess I have a pulled muscle, but they don't know for sure. And it seems like no one's willing to listen. I keep telling them the pain is mostly on this one particular spot on my spine, and tends to become more intense the more I move around. But they keep insisting it has to be a pulled muscle.
Can anyone offer any advice? Has anyone had a similar experience? Is there anything I should know, or do, that would help me get through this quicker? Any advice would definitely be appreciated.