Re: I could use some advice
Terri: Don't freak out. If it were that bad they would have you in surgery as they don't want to pay for permanant damage. If they won't do the PT, then find an osteopath who works with backs only. They do manipulations.
Do you have loss of bodily functions? If not, then you are not in danger right now.
If you hire an attorney, then you have to split your money. Wouldn't you rather try to tackle it yourself?
You only get one back. I would set up appointments with specialists such as a Neurologist, mark the work related box on the forms and then bill OWCP when the bills come in.
You can get the Neurologist to do an EMG. That should help figure out what is going on with the nerves. If you wait to see the Neurosurgeon, they may suggest surgery. I would go with a Neurologist first.
They must have you on some kind of meds. Try Alleve.