Re: HNP & Calf cramps
Don't understand several things. If injured on the job, why go to their doctor except for initial eval and then only if they required it. Your body and you have the right to tell them you want to be treated by the doctor of your choosing. With the treatment and no talk of any type surgery to release the pressure on the nerve so that there is not permanent damage, it sounds like maybe you are seeing a neuro who is NOT a neuro surgeon. Used to, I didn't realize all neuro's didn't do surgery until I saw one who told me that he could treat me but it would mean meds the rest of my life and it wouldn't actually fix the problem. I appreciated that info but decided I didn't want to mask the pain and do that the rest of my life, but wanted fix the problem.
You didn't say if WC is just dropping you at the point, but if you still have the problem, you may need to call some attorney's who specialize in WC injuries and ask for a free consult with them. Then you could decide what to do on all fronts.
But somewhere along the way you will need to see a good spine specialist, whether a neuro or ortho spine specialist. Yes, orthopaedics, especially those who are spine specialists can do what is needed. You will need to ask ahead of actually making an appointment though, if the doctor is a general neuro/ortho or a spine specialist. You want the best chance for a full recovery.
Now, as this has been going on for two years, your chances of the nerve fully recoverying may be decreased, but it doesn't mean that it cannot happen. It's just that the longer there is pressure (would also depend on the amount of pressure) the greater the chance of permanent injury to that nerve. So, don't wait around.
You didn't say if you had insurance, but if so, you may have to let the doctor's bill against that insurance, but do answer any questionaire honesty if asked if this is a work related injury. A lawyer can give you better info, but I do know that when I was injured in an accident (not WC) that my regular insurance paid, but recovered most of their money from the other parties insurance when I was through with treatment for that particular injury. It meant some record keeping on my part, but you better than anyone will know how to do that.
Hope this will help you decide what to do next, but just do not do nothing! Best wishes and let us hear from you again on how you are doing.
BTW, if you have a script for meds, have you tried getting it filled on your regular insurance? You need at least the ultram and muscle relaxer if you can get them filled. Trying to think how much mine run, but think the Ultram is one of my less expensive meds, but my Flexeril is fairly expensive.
Last edited by Quietcook; 03-18-2005 at 08:51 AM.