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Hip and back

crafty1956ccrafty1956 Posts: 1
edited 06/01/2015 - 9:55 AM in Chronic Pain
I was hurt at work in October of 2012, in February 2012 i had left 4/5 transforaminal decompression for a bulging disc and again in December 2012 . I have also had a steroid hip injection,2 epidural steroid injection for L4-5 I had very little relief and my surgeon said he didn't know why i was still having pain and to continue PT i did PT from October 2012 till May 2013 with very little relief. All pain has been deep in my left hip and across my lower back with pain at times to my toes. I asked for a referral to another dr. and he gave me a x-ray of my hip and a emg with both coming back with no problems. He referred me to a pain management dr. He gave me 6 branch medial block with no relief, the hospital closed that office so i went to another pain management dr. and he did a piriformis injection with no relief,and nerve root block with no relief. He suggests a SCS implant, which i'm not to sure of. He closed his office and i went to see my primary dr. who referred me to a new surgeon. I saw the new dr. in fFebruary 2015 and he wants another MRI as my last MRI was in 2013. so far NYS workers comp have said they didn't get the paper work, the dr. office said they sent the paper work to workers comp. I have a lawyer and they are working on finding out the problem. Not sure who's at fault but would like another mri to see whats going on.I have tried many different pain pills and patches and get very sick on them, so at present i wear a TENS unit( with very little relief now) and lidoderm patches at night . Now my right hip has been paining me and my right shoulder, which i find odd. From me filling out the oswestry report at the pain management dr. i am at 70% disabled, I was terminated from my job after 6 months as i wasn't 100%. I have seen the workers comp. dr. 3 times and he has me with work restrictions of sitting and standing alternating every 30 minutes,no climbing, reaching up to but not below knee level, no overhead reaching, no restraining, pushing,pulling,carrying,lifting up to but not exceeding 10-15 pounds from a desk top. On my last visit he said my MMI was achieved and i need to look for a job with sedentary capabilities. I don't sleep very well at night because of the pain. Is anyone else having problems like this and found something that works. Any help will be very appreciated. thank you.


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    edited 06/01/2015 - 9:56 AM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It seems your follow up care has been pretty steady as you have had to see different docs due them closing up.
    How frustrating that must be to you!

    With all your restrictions from doctor, I can't imagine a sedentary job that allows for breaks after thirty minutes of standing or sitting.
    I don't know , what is MMI has been achieved?

    Sleeplessness has always accompanied my chronic pain. Initially, I was treated with sleep meds which were not too effective.
    The nights after nights of no sleep was crazy making for me. I was wide eyed, or wild eyed, irritable, quick to anger. I wanted to slap people and pull my hair out!

    This is while I was still employed, trying to work through it all.

    Then my pain management doctor sent me for sleep study. Diagnosed with some kind of periodic limb movement.
    He more properly medicated me. That was years ago. Sleep has improved but to this day, I will still have one or two nights every week without sleep, but it is huge improvement from before.

    Please include you quality of sleep or lack there of, to tell doctor along with your other symptoms and their improving or worsening condition.
    Please keep us posted on how you're doing
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