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Old 03-14-2005, 08:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy New here. Need advice please

Hi Everyone!
I am so happy to have found people to talk to about back problems!!! I was wondering if anyone has any advice? I hurt my lower back at work in May 2003. Since then, I have had nothing but increasing pain, leg pain and numbness, upper back pain, and my legs are numb frequently. I have had 2 MRI's. First one after accident showed slight disk bulge at L5/S1. Second one was 10months later and showed worsening bulge and nerve root compression. I have seen 2 neurosurgens (one I have seen twice) and neither thinks it's bad enough for surgery. I'll take that back, my last visit was in late Jan. this year. My dr. sent me without a new MRI (dah!) so there was not much he could without it. There has been significant neurological changes so the neuro ordered a new MRI. Now I can't get it because workman's comp is refusing to pay! (I have a lawsuit.)
I just don't know what to do next. I have tried physical therapy. It was much too painful. I had epidural injections, they didn't help AT ALL. I've even had a nerve root block injection (VERY painful by the way), but it only helped for 1 day. I am on Vicodin and have been for quite a while, but it is starting to lose it's effect. I can't even do things such as go for a walk with my kids. I can't take it anymore!!! HELP me understand that it will get better, cause right now I don't see it???
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Re: New here. Need advice please

Obviously you need another MRI. Won't your insurance cover it? The only option you appear to have is to follow-up with the neuro who can review your previous treatment and recommend what the next step should be. The bottom line is that you need relief and you should be able to get around WC. More tests will only strengthen your comp claim and you've given the therapy route enough of a chance to show it isn't working. Go for the tests, and work toward the relief you need, then fight with WC.

 
Old 03-14-2005, 09:16 AM   #3
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Re: New here. Need advice please

Thanks for your reply. My insurance denies it because it is a work related injury and has been for almost 2 years. (Really stinks huh?) I agree I really need this MRI and I'm sure it will help my case. Hopefully things will move along soon. I do have an appointment with the workers comp. dr. Maybe after that they will pay. I hope.
Thanks Again,
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:09 PM   #4
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Re: New here. Need advice please

An orthopedic spine specialist, one with a spine fellowship, might be more willing to go in and fix you.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:15 PM   #5
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Re: New here. Need advice please

Thanks. Do I need a referral for the spine specialist?
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:36 PM   #6
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for your reply. My attorney actually has kept things moving along. I will speak with him today and talk to him about it. Who knows, I have that appt. with the comp. insurance carriers dr.,maybe they will pay then. Who knows?
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Gibsgirl

 
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