I was injured at work on 4/30/14. I was moving something that was around 70-100lbs and felt a pop in my lower back on the right side. I was fine until the next morning. I was in excruciating pain. I had gone to the urgent care office for a first diagnosis on the day of the injury because it had happened at work. There they told me it was simply a lumbar strain, take some ibuprofen and muscle relaxers and a few days off of work. The next day with the pain being so awful I went to the ER. Again, I was brushed off and told it was a mere strain with some sciatic irritation. I was not even seen by a doctor either time. When I finally got an appointment with an occupational health doctor, she said the same diagnosis, shortened my
10 hour shift to 5 and I went to PT for 8 weeks. At this point, the doctor I was seeing retired and the practice was no longer seeing workers compensation cases. My own PCP also does not see workers comp patients. So I finally found a new doctor who I am less than thrilled with and treats me like I'm crazy. He said I should no
Longer be in pain and should already be healed. (I wish I was!!)
I did have a lumbar MRI done in an open MRI machine because I am Very claustrophobic. The MRI was normal. I am still having a lot of pain and discomfort and it is interfering with my
Life so much. The pain/spasms begin across my entire lower back. I also have severe pains in my hip and into my groin. I get a lot of numbness down my entire right leg to my foot and my knee is also aching. I am only 26 years old and am
So aggravated and frustrated.
I am not collecting workers comp currently and am back at 8 hour shifts at work but some days still feel like I can't do it. I work in retail and am on my feet the entire day.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Could something have been missed?
It's now almost 3 months later and I am in such excruciating pain today I don't know what to do. I only have OTC meds because the doctor said I should be better. I am tempted to go to the ER because the pain is a 9/10 today but I do not want to get treated as a drug seeker.