Well here goes, I am 27yrs old and have been a CNA for 10 yrs, so I have been aquainted with back pain (stiffness and just soreness) for many years. But this time it was different, I was at work and caught a resident from falling. Instant pain, thought well maybe just pulled a muscle or something, went and told my DON. Off to the physical therapist, for days I was in pretty bad pain and I told him this is not normal(like I said I new sore back)! Well after a week of no change for the better, went for the mri, and yep........herniated discs L4-L5 S1 also server nerve impingement. So just my luck. And this so happens to be work comp...... :''(. So needless to say started gettin the screwins to say it politely! Needless to say 2yrs later ~X( I am about to pull my hair out. I am now to the point of taking 12-14 very potient narcs a day!!!!!!!! In so much pain that I can not even go out to eat because I can not sit long enough.:''(
Still not getting no where with work comp, I start doing things myself, getting dr appts and things. Finally they send me to thier dr. and even he says I should have had this surgery long ago. X(
By this time only sleeping between 1-3 hrs a night, cant walk more then 5-10min, same with sitting, standing, and laying so always up and down moving around.
Now I am outside sitting in the patio chair, go to stand up and lose all ability of left foot. Here I am 26yrs old at the time using a walker because I have what they call drop foot. Could be reversible or not is what they tell me. :S
Finally I am on the way to the surgeons office, he sees me and says yep you need surgery we cant wait no longer for work comp. REALLY!!!! So within 2 days I am having surgery. =D>
And get this the day befor the surgery work comp approves the surgery :T, sure now when the dr decides it cant wait no longer and I am using a walker.
After the surgery the surgeon tells me that I had a bone fragment just floating around in there.
So its almost a yr later and I have been released because I have reached my MMI I now have permanent work restrictions of 10 lbs and sedantery work. I will remain on the vics, I wear a tens unit almost all the time, and still remain to have pain.
Sorry so long and boring had to vent, if you made it here I want to say thank you for reading. :H