Over a week ago I injured my back while at work. First I was seen at the ER and since then I have followed up with a PA at the only clinic I could find that would handle a work comp claim where I am. So far they have only done X-rays and the PA says there is nothing wrong in them. They diagnosed it as just as muscle sprain and sciatica. I did not think they could rule out a herniated disc without doing an MRI. Am I wrong? They put me on a steroid treatment for a week. In addition to anti-inflammatory (naproxen) and muscle relaxers (methocarbamol) and sent me back to work with restrictions on lifting.
None of that seems to have helped, in fact it's getting worse. Yesterday (the first day after the steroid treatment) my muscles all over my body started to feel sore. Like they are bruised, it hurts to touch them. Not just the muscles in my back but my ribs and arms and legs too. Basically from my knees up even my face feels tender to the touch. The meds do nothing for it. Is this normal with a muscle sprain? I'm very worried something much worse is wrong and that more damage might happen from working and from doing the PT I am supposed to start on Monday. Right now I can't imagine having a physical Therapist even touch me!
Anyone else have these symptoms? Any insight would be great!****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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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.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
To properly diagnose a problem disc AND sciatica, a MRI is required. Professionals may suspect that there is a problem based on clinical examinations.
Sciatica problems are caused by an impingement of a nerve root. Now to determine which root and which disc did this, a MRI is required.
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 10/22/15 17:22 est