Re: Advice- L5 Herniation with nerve impingment
Dear twin, I had almost the exact same scenario hurt @ work admitted to hospital for 2 weeks, myelogram showed L4-5, L5-S1 bilaterally herniated, had PT, traction & the pain & weak back prevented me from returning to work. The dr I was seeing from where i worked kept threatening me that i had to have discogramm or return to work. I did & didnt last full day. So, I went to a spine only neurosurgeon, got ct scan & Mri & had a csf leak. Surgery done, lumbar laminectomy at both levels & dura repair. So, you see i had returned to work, then took more time before surgery. I just called caseworker @ wc insurance & said i not able to work, i tried and it was too painful, weak. My NS office handled surgery certification etc. I relied on & did everything the dr said after I found the right one. I wish I had never had surgery b/c i have had pain since the day i got hurt but with the leak i had no choice. Back surgery is serious, in my opinion so please allow yourself time to heal, see spine specialist/specialists, try epidural injections if recommended to you by dr, pain mgmt etc, tell caseworker all the steps you take, what the dr says & how you really feel, & ask what happens if you go back to work. Just because i returned to work i was still under the care of my dr and still covered by the wc insurance In a nutshell, I called the caseworker and i was honest about everything all the time and then i didnt have to predict my future just took it day by day as my back and the ns directed. I hope this helps!
Last edited by gmak; 01-10-2013 at 08:38 AM.