A little over three months ago i injured my back. I wasn't doing anything stressful at the the time i literally went to sit down and i had excruciating pain up and down my right side with some numbness in fingers and toes. It subsided to just my lower back but remained to the point i couldn't even stand up straight. Over the next week or so the pain would radiate down both my legs and then about 2 weeks after this started i started to get numbness in my left leg down to my knee. I have been out of work since this has happened because i cannot even drive because I am also getting muscle spasms in my back and legs, and I cannot stand sit walk or basically stay in the same position for more then 15 mins without the pain greatly increasing. So far what I've done is:
Went to my ortho and had an MRI of lower spine.
MRI only showed very slight stenosis but doctor said that is not the cause of the pain
Prescribed physical therapy.
No help at all. 12 visit and insurance would not approve more
referred to a pain management doctor
given a spinal epidural. Did not help with pain at all
Referred to one of the best nero surgeons in the state
not sure what is wrong everything looks normal
got script for EMG
came back normal
Script for two mri's lower and mid back
mid back denied by insurance and waiting on results of lower back
All the test have so far come back basically normal and my ortho keeps telling me it should just get better. I am at a loss on what to do because it is not getting better and just doing these test is killing me. Trying to sit in a car to get to a doctor, staying still for a test the pain gets so bad i am usually in tears. Now on top of it all my job and insurance are fighting me every step of the way.
I'm a 26 year old male and I am basically confined to my bed or a reclining chair and even then i cant stay there for long because of the pain. I sleep about 3 hours a night because the pain either keeps me awake or wakes me up. I've been on narcotics, spasm meds, steroids, even sleep aids none of them help at all.
I honestly just don't know what to do. I want to get better but nothing is working and i don't know where to go from here.