Heya everyone. Wanted to share my experiences so far with the wonderful medical community we deal with.
I slipped on some ice in Alaska at work and broke my right hip and right femur with a spiral fractured in April of 2012. I have a hip to knee titanium rod in my leg and lost 1.5" on my right side after the surgery. I have been in constant severe pain since, starting with my right leg and running up to my left arm. My back constantly feels like its about to break. Over the last year I have had less and less feeling in my groin and lower legs, so I went to my surgeon and complained (for the 15th time). He finally ordered an MRI when I said I was loosing sensation. Results came back and he said that there wasn't much he could do in terms of relief, aside from sending me to PT again. He flat out stated he hates Chiropractors, but said I might give that a try too. I've started the Chiro work, but it isn't much help (1 day of pain reduction sometimes), but I always wind up feeling worse a few days later and desperately need to see him again.
My MRI report says this:
Moderate central compression deformity at the L4 superior endplate, likely chronic
Mild anterior wedging of the T12 vertabral body may be aftifactual
Bulging discs cause mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at L3-L4 and L4-L5
Shallow central protrusion at L4-L5 causes no neural impingement
But... what I and my Chiropractor see in my images are a compression fracture between L4 and L5 leading to the bulging disc. My Chiropractor is telling me that he is surprised I can get around as well as I do...
So after two years of severe pain and trying desperately to convey that to my surgeon, my 'witchdoctor' (according to my surgeon) is actually giving me better care/advise.
So now I know why I am in such great pain, but is my surgeon really giving me a straight answer? Throw more PT at it and wait? I've been at this for almost two years and loosing feeling in my groin since the accident. I've lost 80 lbs, every muscle in my back is on fire, and I'm constantly weak. I don't think I can wait until I start having loss of bowel control.