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Never ending pain

Brianws80BBrianws80 Posts: 7
edited 06/24/2015 - 7:55 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone. I'm Brian. So here's a little about me and my story. I'm 34. Last June I hurt my back at work which landed my in the work comp nightmare. I took a little bitty settlement just because I wanted it to end. Ok so since then I have been seeing my personal doctor who is great. My mri said last June basically said at l5-s1 central disc protrusion causing mild thecal sacred stenosis. So my personal doctor has pretty much just been prescribing what is needed to keep me working I'm on 2400mg gabapentin a day and 30mg percocet. My whole back hurt left hip always killing me and all the down my left leg into my foot. Now my right foot has started killing me 2 because I walk weird. I have like 20 different places at work where I can pop my back. Lol I pop it probably 20 times a day. When I get a good one my hip doesn't hurt for a few minutes. It's heavenly. So anyway I go tomorrow for another mri of my lumbar and thoracic. Hopefully they can see a little more clear what my problem is. Ok that was my story. I will keep anyone who reads updated


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  • Ok. So I went for the mri of my thoracic and lumbar. I feel really good about it. Seems like the quality of the hospital mri was way better than the lumbar mri that the work comp sent me to at the independent mri place last year. So I will update when results come back
  • Ok Update. Thankfully thoracic mri. Came back great. Unfortunately here's my lumbar. I will skip all the mumbo jumbo. Heres the impression. Very small central protrusion with underlying broad -based disk bulge at l5-s1 with approximation of the descending left s1 nerve root and approximates the inferior aspect of the exiting l5 nerve roots. Then it says I recommend evaluation by neurosurgery. Thanks for reading
  • Sorry you are having to go through all of this. Also, sorry about the workmans comp issue. I have never had one but I have heard from a few friends at work that workmans comp sucks! Glad you have a personal Dr working on it. Fingers crossed!
    Time is the coin of your life. It's the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~Carl Sandburg
  • Brianws80BBrianws80 Posts: 7
    edited 07/03/2015 - 5:07 AM
    I've never been happier to be away from work comp. So does anyone have any input on my new mri?

    No one here is allowed to comment on MRIs and other testing. It is against Forum Rules. Thank you!
    Noted by savage
  • Wish I knew what that meant? Is your back getting better? Are you still having pain over a year later? I am very new to this-I fell 6-19-15 and have been in pain on my whole left side ever since-and great toe and inner side of foot are numb-this is the most messed up thing ever-cant even sleep at night-haven't even had MRI yet but my PT thinks I compressed L5 somehow-will find out on tuesday. Does the neurontin and percocet actually relieve your pain? All they have given me is flexeril-which is a muscle relaxant and I am sure it relaxes any muscles around my nerve but it doesn't help with the pain. Have you done PT? Or what all have you tried to make this go away?

  • Yeah my pain is pretty bad everyday with the classic symptoms of sciatica The medicine I'm on basically makes it so I can still function enough to make a living. This newest mri actually shows ALOT more than the first one. Nobody wants anything wrong with them. But it's such a relief to not be crazy or faking. It's not like our arm is broken. Our pain is on the inside so I think it's hard for people to understand
  • I completely understand-my fiancé asked me how long I plan to play this one out-like he doesn't believe me. I believe the only way people can really understand is by having experienced it themselves- which you would never wish this upon anyone you care about. But yes it is frustrating thinking someone doesn't believe you. My physical therapist has had sciatica which is very nice because I know she understands me. I can not get any doctor to give me anything for pain- they treat me like I'm a drug seeker and feel I feel awkward asking for something for pain so I can work an 8 hour shift and get some sleep-which I have done neither since this happened. I do have my first MRI tomorrow-and I am kind of excited to see what is actually wrong with me and then maybe the doctors will give me something besides flexeril.
  • I wonder how long it will take for the neurosurgeon to call me to make an appointment? And also I'm sorry Andrea that your having a hard time. My spouse at first and for quite a while was pretty hard on me because I have always been a rough and tough very strong willed person. But this new mri has opened her eyes a lot and now she is giving me more support and when I say I need to lay down right this second she believes me. As far as medicine goes. I can't even begin to tell about what I have been through. Just last my my primary tried prescribing me hysingla which was a 40mg time release hydrocodone. Which of course my insurance wouldn't pay. So I'm still with my percocets But I called the doc. And the nurse called me back and really made me feel like a druggy. Lectured me about how I'm a liability to whoever I work for because of my medicine. I am actually still working a hard job. Lifting 75 to 250 pound things everyday. If not for the medicine. I would not be. But I need to work as long as I can.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/10/2015 - 8:51 AM
    Hi Brian. Referrals can move pretty fast if your doc & insurance get the paperwork through quickly. I've had a call the same day in the past! If it's been a couple of days there's no harm in calling the surgeons office.

    This really is the best thing for you. Hopefully he will recommend a good action plan to get you on the road to recovery. Surgeons don't mean surgery. They're just the best people to explain your findings & diagnose you. There are many conservative things you can try.

    For me, I experience sleepiness or a 'druggy' feeling with many new meds, particularly muscle & nerve meds. That side-effect usually goes in a week or 2 continual use. Hopefully your surgeon will get you with a good pain management doctor. There are many ER meds. The Hydrocodone ones are newer. Did your insurance refuse because there are cheaper alternatives? I've never heard of that particular med but I'm aware of a lot of controversy surrounding the new hydro ERs.

    Once we have spine damage & weaknesses life changes can become essential. I'm not going to pretend to understand your personal situation but any career that involves such spine strain can't be good. My spine is a mess. I will be a chronic pain sufferer for the rest of my life. If I could turn back time I'd do pretty much anything to avoid the situation I find myself in. Is retraining for a different career possible? Just a thought....
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Andrea. Do you have an appointment lined-up with a specialist to study & explain your MRI for you? It's just a diagnostic tool. You'll need a specialist to diagnose you, depending on the results.

    How did the MRI go? Was it a standard 'laying in the tube' one? The noise is horrible & I hate laying on my back. Hopefully they put a support under your legs to take the pressure off. They're not at all bad really are they?

    Let us know how you get on ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Thanks for the comment. As far as my insurance goes. If the medicine has to have a prior authorization I don't get it. It's been a couple weeks now since I had my new mri. I called my primary today and asked about the neurosurgeon and they told me to call them back Monday lol. So a little more of my history. I've already been through pt and had esi none helped
  • Sometimes phoning our insurance company can help. Moving to an extended release med is the next logical step in my experience.

    I had S1 nerve compression that went untreated for way too long (many years) & now I have permanent nerve damage. That disc (L5-S1) is pretty much gone now leaving a 'naturally' fusing mess. A big question you should ask the surgeon is 'how long should you try conservative treatments for before you run the risk of permanent damage?'. Only he can tell how severe the nerve problems are.
    I always research & make notes to make my appointment more constructive. The drive & waiting around always makes my pain flare which makes it hard to focus & concentrate. It's really frustrating to get home realizing I have more questions than answers. Make the most of your appointment when you finally get to see him. I'm sorry it's taking so long.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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