Im new here and was just wanting to get some advice as to what I should do. I hurt My back in Oct 07 and I haven't been the same since. I will start off that I hurt My back on the job and My job didn't do what they should have, they sent Me home instead of to the hospital. They also kept Me in the dark about Workers Comp for 4 months after the injury, in which I worked through severe pain, I had to hear about it from the chiropractor I saw to get answers as to why My back was giving Me so many problems. Well after more stress I finally was able to get on WC and get an MRI done on My lower back. It shows that My L5-S1 disc is herniated and degenerated and also is compressed on the left side. I went through 3 months of chiropractor visits with no real results. I am now seeing a neurologist and she prescribed physical therapy, which isn't doing anything but cause more pain during the day when I go. She also prescribed an ESI which I got Thursday and I was very hopeful that it would give me some relief. I was wrong, I'm in that 2-3% of people who don't get any sort of relief. So now I'm at a crossroad, I have WC breathing down My neck about going back to work and they are sending Me to another Dr for "a second medical opinion" actually a 3rd but who is really counting? Since all the conservative treatments are not working, should I ask My Dr about the spinal fusion? I really want to go back to work (im a line cook for Chili's) because all I can do all day is lay around and Im a very active person but My job is very physically demanding, always bending, twisting, lifting and standing in one place for 8 hours. All the things that aggravate My back, except for sitting which is the worst.
Sorry for the long introduction lol, any advise would be helpful