Let me start from the beginning.
In 1995 I was in the ARMY. During basic training I injured my back not bad enough to have any surgery but bad enough to not complete basic. The ARMY decided that I was no longer medically fit to continue. They "tricked" me into signing a form EPTS "Existing Prior To Service". At 18 you do stupid things. Needless to say fighting them for 18 years even going as high as ARMY Board of review in Washington, I have given up on that.
In 2005 I was working and was asked to lift a concrete table top with help from another employe. This table top was not too heavy, but it herniate L4, L5. I went on workers comp. The owner of the company decided that I was faking it and fired me. The workers comp doctor did surgery, a disksceptmy (SP?). This surgery was 50% successful I worked off and on until 2008 when my wife had our first child.
Lifting my child and doing parenting things I injured my back even more. I was the stay at home dad and loved it. In 2011 I had another diskscepetmy on L4/L5. This was paid for on my own. Also scar tissue from the last surgery was removed. when I came out of the hospital I was so happy the only pain I was in was incision pain.
A couple of months later my pain came back. Since then I have lost my insurance and my wife had to take a $10,000 pay cut due to moving to a new state (she is a special education teacher). We have made some major cuts in how we live and we still live well.
When I was seeing doctors all the wanted to do is pump me with pain pills 10/325 hydro, and Valum. I hate those drugs 1st because I know what type of person it turns me into , 2nd 1 year ago I lost a family member due to an accidental overdose on these drugs. I decided using Marijuana. This drug works great, my pain is not gone but is manageable. here is the current problem we need more money. for me to get a decent paying job I have to pass a drug test, so I have stopped taking Marijuana (its been 2 weeks) I have no insurance to go to doctors nor can I afford to go to doctors. I went to the hospital October 2013 MRI results were:
L3/L4 Shallow broad-based disk bulge. Bilateral facet degeneration
L4/L5 disk bulge with superimposed right central intervertebral disk protrusion, minimally indenting the thecal sac. Annular fissure noted. minor facet degeneration.
L5/S1 broad-based disk bulge. Bilateral facet degeneration. mild right caudal neuroforaminal narrowing, no significant canal compromise
Impressions: Multilevel lumbar degenerative spondylotic changes. Modic type 1 changes L4 inferior endplate with associated Schmorl's node formation. No lumbar vertebral body fracture evident.
I can deal with the sciatic pain, but I cannot deal with the muscular pain in lower back right side. I have a hard time getting out of bed, walking, I cannot lift my child. to do the laundry I have to sit on the floor. Here are the things I have tried.
Deep Tissue massage (never again it took me 2 hrs to get off the table)
Tylonol (I take 1000mg ever 6 hrs)
IB Profane (I take 800 mg every 6 hrs in-between the Tylonol)
2 things are going on here 1st I am venting. Thanks for reading. 2nd I want recommendations on what to do next. I am worried that I will not be able to perform at work. The pain gets so bad that suicide crosses my mind. Don't worry I would not I love my family too much to do that.
About me :
280 lbs (I know I need to lose the weight and have been trying for the last 6 months)
always have been active