Hello guys! I'm so grateful to of found this website. I'm a 33yo female who sustained a work injuryto my in 4/15. They said it was a thoracic and low lumbar strain. X Rays were done and negative. My job is very very physically demanding and situations can change in an instant. I was helping lift someone up along with a coworker and got jolted down as they threw themselves back. I had instant pain and it got worse as we continued to assist this person to their bed and assist in pulling them up in bed. We did everything right with "proper body mechanics" but i got hurt. My other coworker did not as she showed me her 2 back braces she had on! Yeah thanks for the heads up after I get hurt. Went to re xrayed-negative given 2 shots and pain mess. I couldn't move for 2-3 days and it was rough trying to move at all. My lower back and right oblique were sore to touch. Was sent to occupational doc and PT for 9 sessions mixed with aquatics. It seemed to help until I went back to work with no restrictions. Then, I was in immense pain I had to leave early and my coworkers considered taking me to the er again. The occ doc said I "re-injured" myself? But I still had pain and limited movement when I went back and he knew it. That day I had extrem pain to my lower back ,spasms and pain radiating down my legs like electrical shocks. Got shots again and was told I just need therapy. My leg pain has gotten worse. I can barely walk and let's just say the walk to the house bathroom is so painful. Just putting my feet to the floor hurts. Sitting, walking, bending, standing, just about any activity hurts and gets worse with more activity. I'm doing my exercises and stretches at least 3xs a day with alternating hot/cold packs. I've tried the menthol patches and very little relief. I then began having numbness, tingling, with pain down my left legs and occasionally to the right leg. The occ doc first said nothing is wrong with me then asked for an Mir.But because of the claims adjuster with the company they "extended " the request until I see a "independent medical examiner who is non bias" to evaluate me then will leave it up to him to recommend the Mri. So basic in pain for a whole 30 days until I see him. They gave me tramodal for pain but it has not helped. I'm so frustrated and hurting so bad. I feel like they don't believe me and they have no basis other than an X-ray. So I'm continuing with my home exercises and have paid for a pool program at least to help my back till I see the IME. I'm pretty sur I have a herniated disk to my l4-5. My PT said I do but he couldn't be sure with out the mri. He did all these tests and said I need to be very very careful else I would need surgery. So it scared me. And I've been trying to stay active within reason. Does anyone have any suggestions as to help with sciatic relief or other non medicine pain relief? I know you all are not doctors and I'm just looking for suggestions. This has affected every aspect of my life. I feel helpless as far as getting proper treatment for this with the company's claims adjuster. She told me to try a Epsom salt bath! So yeah I cried out of frustration. Has anyone gone through this to? Any help would be wonderful. Thank you in advance.