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I cant live like this

Hello all, this is my first post. I am currently under the mercy of a workers comp claim, that has been beyond horrible. I have been injured for 3 months now and after being sent to a spine specialist I was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury. I have been working light duty at the Hospital I work at (housekeeper) which has been really hard. I can move all digits which is good, and I thankfully have an MRI today!
The problem I'm having is that the pain I've been experiencing is the WORST pain I've had in my life. Those helped somewhat, but for the last month I haven't been prescribed any pain medication and I had to stop the Motrin due to stomach problems. When I saw the specialist the beginning of this month he didn't prescribe ANY pain medication because he said "It's good you're not strung out on narcotics because that is the worst way to approach this type of injury."
This whole thing makes no sense to me. I don't know how I can deal with this without taking anything to help manage the pain, nor to I understand why he "legally" (according to him) had to send me back to work with restrictions.
Does anybody have ANY advice? I am losing my mind, and feel so hopeless.
~*Let all that you do be done in love*~


  • Hi, I was in the same exact situation and worked for the same type of employer and was injured on the job. My advice to you is to have the Doctor you are seeing to write a script to get a psychiatric evaluation and treatment. That way WC can make an appt for you to talk to a psychiatrist and maybe get some help for the way you are feeling. Also I worked with WC for about 15 months and finally hired a WC Attorney. They will not jerk you around anymore if you are represented.
    I know all about working in excruciating pain, you get depresses just knowing you have to go to work that day cause you know you will be in severe pain in no time at all. I cried many days at work trying to do my job and just taking tramadol for the pain which did nothing for the pain. Hopefully the MRI will show what is wrong with you and then you can get some relief. So remember, we here all know what you are feeling and going thru. And no, he does not legally have to send you back to work, I am off work, have been since July as the Surgeon put me off work until I have the surgery. My surgery is in ten days and I am having a 4 level Anterior Discectomy and fusion. So remember we are all here for you to answer any questions that we can and to support you.
    Orlando Florida
    4 Level ACDF
    October 15th, 2013
  • Thank you Irene. I really appreciate the support. This whole situation has been so confusing. He had mentioned counseling as well as OT. I did 6 sessions of PT and they basically couldn't do anything for me. I don't have a follow up apt until the 23rd, am I able to call him to ask about a referral? Good luck with your surgery and I'm so happy that you're being take care of. The MRI went well (I think) and the tech said that I should have results in 3-5 business days. I'm so glad I found this site, so we can be here for each other. I'm here if you need somebody to talk to. <3
    ~*Let all that you do be done in love*~
  • Was this your first MRI? How do you know that you have a spinal cord injury? And what level is effected? I am not sure what medication you were taking, since it isn't listed but if the doctor felt that you were unable to return to work, he did not have to send you back and should not have.
    When you see the surgeon on the 23rd, it should give you a better idea of what is wrong and what treatment options are available to you, surgery or different injections and therapies.
    Here is a link for you that gives you an overview of the steps to getting chronic spine pain treatment that might give you an idea of the steps.....http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-treatment-step-step
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    have a more difficult time writing prescriptions for narcotic pain medications. The DEA has created a situation in which doctors need to justify what they are doing. That being said, a good doctor can review their patients situation and come up with a plan that will contain narcotic medication or not!.

    Those are the doctors that are not afraid of what the DEA will review and say, they act solely based on their patients needs.
    Now, many times those needs and your own personal needs dont match. Thats when you need to discuss the entire situation with your doctor.

    Personally, I've been on narcotic pain medication for over 6 years straight now. From so very high dosages, to a maintenance level right now. But in addition to that medication I have many other medications and avenues for pain control. When you have a chance, take a look at my The Blend from our FAQ

    Reading that, you will see that there are many ways to manage pain levels.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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