I injured my back while turning a patient working for a hospice company. I had a large, paracentral herniation at the L5 S1 in June of 2015. Workman's comp approved my first disectomy in August of 2015. Two weeks into recovery and fell due to losing my balance and reherniated the same disc. Workman's comp approved the 2nd surgery in December of 2015. I was still experiencing muscle cramps, sharp pain that radiated down the left leg, numbness in half of my foot, sharp, stabbing pain in my heels. Had a 2nd MRI in February and it showed edema at the same spot. I have gotten progressively worse to the point that I can barely bend or twist without having sharp pinching at the same area. The orthopedic surgeon has now requested a fusion after failed physical therapy. Workman's comp wants me to see a neurosurgeon for a 2nd opinion. It took them four weeks to decide that I needed a 2nd opinion and in the mean time I'm in pain and lose my balance all the time. Has anyone had similar symptoms and issues with Workman's comp. I feel alone and swept aside and just need to talk with people who understand. I couldn't attend my college graduation due losing feeling in my legs when I sit or stand for longer then 5 minutes. I feel a bit defeated and crazy at times. Anyone out there going through this or has gone through this?