A little about what’s going on with me. On September 11, 2011 I hurt my back at work. I lifted a box that weighed 21 pound from about shoulder level brought it down to myself took a step back turned and took about 5-6 steps it felts like someone stabbed me in my lower back and my knees buckled, I never fell down but couldn’t stand up straight again. Called my boss she sent me to the emergency room. The emergence room doctor said I probably just pulled a muscle and it should be better in a few days. But it wasn’t. I had pain in my back and couldn’t feel my right thigh. So workers comp sent me to a neuro surgeon. I saw his nurse on October 3 they took me off work completely until I was able to get a mri. Had the mri on October 6. We got the results on October 26th it showed that I had an annular tear at l5-s1 location in my back. Since I had not seen the actual doctor workers comp sent me to a medical doctor on November 7, 2011 he ordered physical therapy and gave me countless prescriptions. And sent me back to work with restrictions of no lifting over 20 pounds, bending, or stooping. I worked 35-40 hours a week injured and did physical therapy 3 times a week too.
After 15 visits to physical therapy the doctor said I had had enough physical therapy and didn’t need any more. Gave me more meds released me fully back to work at the end of December 2011. I was still in pain and the meds were not touching it. On January 31 he said he would no longer see me and I would just have to go to my own doctor and learn to live with this pain. He was unable to treat patient’s long term. And told me not to come back to him that there was nothing he could so for me.
March 22, 2012 I went to my own doctor. He said I shouldn’t be working and should file for disability (wish I had then but I didn’t) my doctor tried to get me into the first doctor I saw but since I was still a workers comp case they wouldn’t take me. I called my case manager and she set me up with a different neurosurgeon.
Did another mri on 4-9-12 and meet this new doctor. On May 5th I got a lumbar injection and started physical therapy on May 14. After 8 visits the physical therapy meet with the doctor again and was told since this wasn’t helping I needed surgery. Did more physical therapy while we waited on the surgery to get approved.
Had l5-s1 fusion done June 27th 2012, they went through my stomach to get to it (anterior interbody lumbar fusion) went home the 28th. Started physical therapy again on July 11, 2012. Was doing real good pain was gone I felt great; I was working my butt off in physical therapy. Near august 1 my ankles started swelling. So I laid down and propped my feet up felt that sharp stabbing in my back again. And I have been back in pain since .I went back to the doctor on august 9. Told him about the pain in my back and that my hips were starting to hurt they hurt like I had bumped into a table or something. Told me to try taking ibuprofen to see if it would help. It didn’t. Stopped physical therapy and he released me to go back to work on august 27th.
Went back to doctor on September 20,2012 and he set me up for shots for bursitis in the hips. I got the shots on October 22nd. They didn’t help. The shots made it worse. I felt like I had been squeezing a ball between my knees all night long and my muscle kept spasming all the time.it hurt to walk and I started limping and then the pain went to my left foot.
Did several weeks of physical therapy to try to help the shots work and try to to get the pain to stop.
It didn’t help. On March 11 2013 we did another mri. It shows a buldge at the l4-l5 disc space. (I didn’t have this before) so I am back at square one again.
My doctor ordered a lumbar injections and physical therapy to try to help.
5-30-2013 did the shot. Then we did 2 visits to physical therapy (that’s all workers comp would cover)
My doctor orders a discagram. He said my mri back in march was not clear enough to see what was going on. We got to do the discagram on august 27th, 2013 and we got the results august 29th, 2013.
The discagram showed that when he injected the dye it pooled like it was suppose to, so he had me walk around for 10 minutes and then he did a cat scan which showed that all the dye leaked out. He then told us that I need to have the l4-l5 fused like the l5-s1 was done. and he requested certification on another mri and the surgery I need.
Workers comp will not cover this surgery. They are denying certification and are not going to help me.
I have pain in my back down my left leg to my foot, across my hips and it’s starting to go to my right foot especially if I have worked. I can only work 4 hours a day and that’s beginning to push it and end up working 15-20 hours. After I get off work all I want to do is lay down. I have no energy and to do anything hurts all the time there is not break from this pain.
I filed for disability back in January and was turned down 2 time and I have lawyer and and waiting on a hearing. I am still trying to work but I have been told as long as I make less then $1000. Per month I should be able to qualify for disability.
I have turned this over to the lawyer which he filed papers with workers comp but now I am wondering what good that will do.
I don’t know what to do next and I need some advice from people that have been there to figure out what to do next. Any advice would be great.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this.