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Bulging disc with L4 impingement and stenosis but doc says I'm fine

pommyppommy Posts: 8
edited 04/25/2015 - 8:05 PM in Lower Back Pain
My doc has dismissed my bulge as "moderate" and has denied me more PT and says I can go back to work full time...which includes lifting up to 80 pounds several times a day. I still have pain, especially if I am on my feet more than a few hours. I think I'm being ignored because I have refused meds and injections, thus he thinks I'm not in pain. I am the kind that only takes meds if absolutely necessary. I have to be near a six or seven to consider meds...This hovers around a four to a five. I guess I can always go back to work and lift heavy stuff and herniate it and then go back and say see, told ya....


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • The sole reply to my post is to tell me off. (I think.) lol
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/04/2015 - 8:08 PM
    My post was to welcome you and help you navigate the site, the lack of responses could be because members have either overlooked it or those that have read it could add nothing to help, I am sorry but maybe now we have bumped the post to the top of the forum you could get some responses.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I thought I was told off or something...I was like...oh, crap what did I do wrong? LOL Thanks. :D
  • Hi after reading your post i can certainly give you some advice on the matter. firstly i had my back problems start as early as when i was 19 i am 47 now. i suffered a prolapsed disc L5 age 33 and never experienced that kind of severe pain in my life. As you stated the level of pain, mine was a ten for months and felt like ending my life at one point. Doctors will never understand your pain. My doctor sent me back to work after only 2 weeks and like the same as you i had a physical job ( pipe fitter) and that left me with a permanent limp in my right leg with constant cold burning sensation in my right foot. I have never worked since. I seen a specialist after i had an MRI scan which showed a bulging disc, basically due to all the physical jobs i have had i had worn the disc away before its sell by date, (his words). So for you to be sent back to work its obvious it will get worse as the physical side of your job will cause more damage to your disc or even your nerves. you need to seek advice or change occupation. You could carry on and end up in a wheel chair and then sue whoever.
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