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I'm not sure what to do

Jamesm8910JJamesm8910 Posts: 2
edited 09/18/2015 - 4:08 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is James, on March 1 of this year I sustained a blow to the head by a piece of equipment on the job! At first I was focused on the cut I had recieved from the blow and insuring all my teeth were still there...
The next day I woke up with extreme neck discomfort. Think we'll ya I took a substantial hit at 3000 psi by a piece of iron my neck is going to hurt. Well over time I started getting numbness to my left shoulder headaches and best way too put it "as I have seen in other personal forums" my head felt to heavy for my neck. So I went in to skype workman comp doctor for the company he did an analisas on my and said u have gotten a good neck strain. So ok I can believe that but his orders were IB prophen and neck exercises. Well over more time still hadn't gotten better so I seen a local doctor she said the same and gave me a steroid pack and muscil relaxers well I tried that and she said it could be just a bad wipe lash and could take long time to heal.
So I continued to work well 4 weeks ago I started getting. Lower back pain mainly my tail bone and the numbness has only gotten bigger in back of shoulder headaches still come on daily bases and I still can't fully lift my neck with out a preasure feeling ( like a hand putting pressure to my neck) so I went back to same workman comp doctor explained and he had me go in for mri!
Between the mri and Anitial XRay he says he does not see anything is there anything else I can do to figure out how to get back to normal! It seems in a polite way my job is on the line over it I got a pretty much oltamatum of well mri and XRay were both done not finding or seeing anything so either stay and work restricted (work on drilling rig) or go home with loss time injury

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One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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  • welcome Jamesm8910. I'm sorry to hear about your injury. I am not a Dr. so I cannot comment on how to correctly diagnose your injury but I will say that I wish you all the best of luck and hope that you stay connected to the good folks here at the site. As difficult as this situation is, you are going to have to become your own advocate and also part Dr in that you need to understand the basics of the back/spine to the point where you can understand the information provided to you by the medical providers. The site and the internet is a fantastic tool for this. Sometimes it can be overwhelming but just take it a day at a time. Make a plan and keep notes, records, etc. I give you a lot of credit for reaching out as you have and from what I have seen so far, the folks on this site are a good group of people. Take care and look forward to sharing more information with you.
    L5/S1 compressed disc, DDD
    Current med: Hydrocodone 10/325 5x/day
  • It can be hard when you feel like your workplace is not supporting you. Make sure you know all of your rights and what is due to you as a result of work injury. It is in their interest to have you NOT be injured, obviously, but you know if something is wrong. Can you get a second opinion? Whatever happens, wishing you the best and hope you get it figured out.
  • This is just an opinion
    If you work here in the States
    Go seek legal council
    Your health first,last and always.
    Those docs you talked to work for the company first..in a manner if speaking
    Please be cognizant of your rights as an oilfield worker
    Be safe and good luck!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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