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onedayatatimeoonedayatatime Posts: 6
edited 04/10/2015 - 10:09 PM in New Member Introductions
Here is my story. I injured myself at my previous job, and ended up with a thoracic sprain. thoracic spine strain. I did this March of 2014. I had many things against me from the beginning with my injury, wasnt allowed to do what Dr's said I could do, employer made me do a lot less.

Workmans comp, was less than helpful, 6 months after injury got my first xray which showed nothing. I have yet to have MRI or CT scan. Over the course of 6 months had 2 different PT's and got some relief but not much. Nov of 2014 we tried chiropractor, had some relief with that.

I was not working from June 2014 , and because I was not working, was not able to get weight restrictions which made it difficult to find a job. I didn't want to say I could do this and not be able to do it etc etc. Was not able to get a PCE2 test? I can never get that straight. Finally workmans comp Dr referred me to another Dr for a 2nd opinion. He said I have chronic pain syndrome and am medically stationary will never ever get better. Workmans comp closed my case and I have been struggling to find ways to deal with my daily pain.

I started a job end of Feb and it has increased my pain quite a bit. I told my employer that I have back issues and I can't lift more than 25lbs and they didnt think that would be a problem. I chose 25lbs limit because I didn't know what else to try for and I felt comfortable saying that. It has proven to be true, I can't lift more than 25lbs.

What I am doing for my pain, is heating pad, iboprophen and muscle relaxers when needed. I am starting to get depressed because of the pain and the limitations that I am having due to the thoracic area. I cant wash a window, or bend over and not have pain or lift to grab things light objects above my head . Heck I can't even scrub the bathroom or pots and pans.

Any suggestions to help with my pain management?


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 557
    Have you considered going to a pain management doctor? He will be able to give you suggestions as to how to better manage your pain. He can try injections or therapy? Research some in your area & give it a shot. That way, you won't be trying to deal with this on your own?
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