Hi, I am a newbie to this site so please correct me if I am doing anything incorrect :-)
Ok 12mths ago I fell on uneven pavement in Main Street of town, as I was on my way home from work (I was an aged care nurse ) my injury got classed as work related. I had MRI, which showed bulging disc L4 & Small annular tear L5, along with moderate disc degeneration. Was pescribed OxyContin 30mg 2x daily & Endone 5mg 2x daily. Since then have tried water therapy, Physio inc. traction, and dry needling, of which none if these treatment has improved my injury status. Local GP has been treating me with visits to various spine specialists. Went to specialist last week for 12mth follow up review, sent me off to have follow up MRI which results shown no significant change to my injuries. I am now being told by GP that this is now classed as chronic back injury, and if it was going to heal it would of done so by now. Also told that considering over the last couple months with help from GP I have been trying to cut back and reduce pain meds that I'm on as being nurse I know the long term effects and potential addition issues I face. But now the second MRI is showing no real improvement in my disc injuries that I am likely to be taking these levels of medications for long term. He is arranging to refer me to chronicling clinic. So what I am asking here now is has anybody gone through similar path? My workcover ceased 6mths ago, as the specialist they sent me to for permanent impairment assessment resulted in no permanent impairment decisions, but I do not now having second MRI which still shows injury can they say I have no impairment? Where do I go from here?