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Old 06-23-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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Thanks for the great info... here's my background

Hi all,

I've recently signed up with healthboards but have been browsing through it for a few months now. I must say the posts have been very informative, you all seem like caring people. I usually don't post on message boards, kind of the shy, silent, private type... but I do read a lot of posts.

Anyway, here's my background...

Nov. 17-21/04...Started experiencing progressive sciatic pain in right leg that moved down and numbed the sole of my foot within a 5 day period. I'd lost my achilles reflex by this time and was walking with a limp but pain was fairly bearable.(let me point out here I do have a high tolerance to pain, my PT calls me the Queen of pain)
Nov. 22/04... Doctor diagnosed nerve impingement, advised 2 weeks off work, prescribed NSAIDs. Pain did not subside, MRI was scheduled.
Dec. 30/04... Lumbar MRI was performed
Jan. 7/05... MRI revealed straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis, disc bulge @T12/L1, focal disc protrusions @L4/L5 & L5/S1 with 4mm anterior annular tear and right side S1 nerve impingement. Ortho. surgeon appointment scheduled.
Jan.15 /05... started physiotherapy twice/week for first 2 months then once/week to present.
Jan. 20/05... Ergo assessment was given by employer and schedule was set up by a 'return to work specialist' for me.
Jan. 26/05... Started back to work... 5hrs 4 times/wk, supposed to progress to 12hrs by Feb. 28.
Mar. 24/05... Appt. with Ortho. informed me surgery isn't required at this time as I was improving but to come back if my quality of life became affected.
Mar. - May... Employers Ins. Co. continually called pestering me to work 12hr shifts saying they no longer had medical evidence to qualify me for short term disability even though my condition worsened the more I worked and they had numerous notes from medical professionals stating I could not work 12hr shifts yet.
May 12/05... Insurance Co. insisted I work full 12hr shifts as my STD expires the first week of June and I'd have to go on Long term dis. if I wasn't working 100% of my hours by then. They also said I couldn't get time off work to pick up my kids(9,7 & 6) from school unless I worked my full shifts. I'd always been able to get time off when needed(using vacation) before my injury.
May 14-15/05... I worked 12hrs both days despite progressive pain as I needed time off due to lack of baby-sitter.
May 19/05 - Went to Physio appt. in excruciating pain, way worse than I'd originally experienced back in Nov./04. My PT called and threatened the Ins. Co. with legal action if they didn't back down and try to work with me to accommodate me during my recovery. What a difference that made.
Currently I'm improving, mind you very slowly, but have still been in constant and at times excruciating pain since May 16. I've also found out I'm not required to work 100% of my daily 12hr shift to be considered off STD, I need only work 75% or 9hrs which I'm currently working.

I'm still going to Physio and working on a gym program there. I'm trying acupuncture which seems to be helping a bit and my husband just bought me a hot tub for my birthday which also seems to do me a world of good. I try not to take the prescription nsaids (novodifenac) preferring to take acetaminophen or aspirin and only when I can no longer bear the pain. I'd prefer not to have surgery if I can help it and as long as I keep improving I think I'll keep putting it off. Hopefully I'm making the right decisions.

I'd like to thank you all for all the information I've absorbed from other users posts on these boards, you're all so very helpful

 
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Old 06-24-2005, 05:35 AM   #2
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Re: Thanks for the great info... here's my background

Hi, Sounds like you are trying very hard to bear the pain and keep on going, I can relate to that when I first injusred my back I refused to let it get me down and continued with my lifestyle for three years before I just couldn't do it anymore.
I have always had a high tolerance to pain but you need to know that pain and chronic pain are not the same it took me yrs to accept this chronic pain eats away at a person because it's always there.
Some of you spine problems sound a lot like some of mine and it's true sometimes they can heal but know that if not you can end up with permanant damage, not trying to scare you only let you know it's possible.
This is where I am now with permanant damage to the S1 nerve.
I can see you have afull plate with work and small children but remember your health is forever and take care of yourself.
Linda

 
Old 06-24-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:11 AM   #4
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Re: Thanks for the great info... here's my background

Thanks for the responses to my posting.

I didn't injury my back at work, or not that I know of... I've had episodes of back pain since I was in my late teens and from what I am told my problems have been sneaking up on me for quite a few years now but, like many people, I ignored the warning signs and kept on going on. There are days that I feel like going in and getting surgery because I'm in so much pain but then there are days I feel I'm improving and will be able to manage without surgery. I did, at one point in the past 6 months have frequent episodes where I had no pain at all, my achilles reflex was restored and I was very happy with the way things were going but then I worked those two 12hr shifts and I've be paying for it ever since. Unfortunately I can not afford to go on a long term disability leave right now but I am trying to get the insurance company to extend my short term disability and maybe see a specialist for another opinion on my condition. My shifts consist of working 4 off 3 working 3 off 1 working 3 off 3 working 4 off 7... I notice when I'm off for that 7 day rest I really start to recover but once I start back to work I progressively get worse. I am so lucky and thank the stars everyday that I have such a helpful and understanding family, they are really helping me get through this. I also am thankful to all posters on this board who have left so much helpful information and insight.

Anyway, for now I will keep plugging away and trying to get some more time off from the insurance company and keep on researching and becoming more educated about my injury.

Thanks

 
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:15 PM   #6
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Re: Thanks for the great info... here's my background

I will talk with my GP and update him on my condition again. He has been very helpful with providing me with much information and involving himself with the insurance company to make sure they have all the required information as has my PT... they have both been great to me. I wasn't really impressed with the Ortho that I first saw so I will request that my GP refer me to another surgeon who specializes in the spine. I am the type of person who will ask questions, and a lot of them, if I don't understand something because I have a 'need to know personality' which is both good and bad at times, I guess. I will do some research on ADRs and BMP as you have suggested.

I know how much my family depends on me and I've never been one to wait until the last minute to get things done so I will certainly keep an eye on my condition and get things going the minute my condition starts to slip backwards again... of course I'm having a good day today, painwise, so that may be clouding my decisions.

Thanks

 
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