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I was off and on restrictions b-4 I started seeing this new doctor in Jan.
So I'm not sure when the last time I was on restrictions b-4 now.

I had my last MRI on March 2nd, and had a follow up appt with my doctor on the 5th. He put me on restrictions when he seen my MRI results. He said he did not want me to irritate it anymore than it already was. No lifting over 25lbs, pushing or pulling over 50lbs and occasional bending/stooping with low back. I also had a epidural steroid injection on the 2nd. Both times I had the injections my right leg cramped up on me which is normal. I guess it means the Doc got it in the right spot. The 1st injection my leg stopped cramping as soon as he took the needle out. The second injection my right leg stayed cramped for a while longer. I told the nurse and she didn't seem to think it was a big deal. Well I was sore after the 2nd injection just like the 1st one. Went to work the same day and everything. The pain level kept going higher everyday. On the 8th I called the Dr. from work because I was in so much pain I couldn't take it anymore. Work was sending me home. He called me in a script for vicodin & upped my neurontin. Tuesday 9th at 4am I ended up going to the ER... the pain was so bad I couldnt take it anymore. I was crying for hours. The vicodin wasn't working, I couldn't sleep. Heat and my tens unit were not working. The ER doctor told me that nerve pain is very hard to treat. She gave me percocet for pain 1 or 2 every 4-6 hours as needed. It took the edge off sometimes. I couldn't be on my feet for 15 min otherwise it would send my pain sky high. I called the Dr. on the 10th because the Er said to follow up with my Dr. ASAP. I got in the next day the 11th and he told me there was nothing else he could do for me, i had to wait untill I see the neuro. He asked me if I was able to work. I told him no I can't even be on my feet for 15 min otherwise my pain shoots up. It hurt so bad to drive also. So iv'e been off work since the 11th.

On the 15th I called the Dr. because I was almost out of pain pills and needed a refill. He was very nasty to me. Told me for the second time "your symptoms are not adding up". I told him that I was not just making up symptoms. he said "i know" I also told him that I was very depressed. He asked me "is something going on at home to make you depressed"?. I told him I am in alot of pain, I can't even be on my feet for 15 min, What am i supposed to do sit on the couch all day and do nothing? He said if thats what makes you feel good. He said "I don't know if you just don't want to work or what"
and then he had the nerve to say I am trying to be here for you as much as i can be, if you need anything else call me. He ended up calling me back saying he did not realize that he can not call in that type of script, I had to go to the clinic to pick it up. I had to drive all the way there in tears and wait in the waiting room balling because of how much pain I was in. He came out and handed me the script, wouldn't even look my in the eyes and said here you go.

The last couple of days my pain has not been so constant and has let up some. I still have problems being on my feet for more than 15 min at a time.
I haven't been taking many pain pills. Iv'e been trying to stay away from the percocet as much as I can. I take it at last resort. b-4 i was taking it every 4 hours. I never want to be in that much pain again. It takes alot for me to cry. I was hurting so bad, i felt like i would have been better off dead.
I think the steroid injection flared me up. Thats when my pain started getting worse. But i'm not really sure if that is possible.

I don't go back to the Dr. again until the 24th. I wonder what is going to happen next?

I asked my doctor about the discogram test about 1 month ago and he said it was not needed. He said it would not change my treatment plan. he also said that it was very painful and I would not want to go through that. I told him that i did not care how much it hurt. I wanted tests done to find out what is causing all my pain. He still didn't send me for the test.

The reason why I said my case manager lies is because when I went to the neuro thursday she brought a paper with some questions on it for him to answer. One of the questions was, Is she able to return to work? The neuro said "That is not for me to decide". Well i talked to my attorney after my appt. My case manager faxed him the paper with what she said the doctors answers were. She said the Dr. said With the neurological problems she is having, yes. (or something like that.) My attorney musta thought that was kinda fishy or something because he asked me about it. Which I am glad he did. I tried to contact my attorney today to find out went on with that because he said he was going to call and talk to her about it. But he never returned my call. I will probably find out Monday.

My attorney has gotten me through alot. He has been a huge help. Very supportive and understanding. If it wasn't for him i wouldn't of gotten the steroid injections or the 2nd MRI. He pushed for both of those. I asked him about getting a diff Doc. and he said that with the laws in this state that he can not do anything about that unless the doctor I am going to says he can not do anything further for me. So I am stuck with this Dr. for now.

I don't know what is going to happen next. Alls i know is I want to get a normal life back and beable to do the things i use to do. I want to beable to go back to work! I hate sitting at home everyday hurting.

Thanks for reading my rambling :)

Lisa





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