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i,m sorry to here about your husband, for his pain if severe ask your doc about duregesic transdermal patches, i was on them and i felt no pain. The down side is that they are addictive and he would have to be leaned off. I have a question for you and your husband i'm out on workers comp after 8 months of working as a ibew electrician and under heavy meds for my pain . The comp doc said i had a pinched nerve at l4 and he was going to do a laminectomy. Now I was seeing 2 other orthropedic surgeons and a pain management specialist with my private insurance because workers comp didnt want to kick in. the first comp doc looked at the 2 sets of mris i had and all the reports saying i should have a 1 level laminectomy with a 3 level fusion, do to ruptured disks. the comp doc said your fine the films look great stay in work full duty and stop taking all meds. months later i finally got workers comp to give me a second opinion but little did i know it was the 1st docs college in the same office what a crock huh.... :jester: well im 4 months post laminectomy no fusion comp docs and ajuster are messed up. my back is in so much pain and my left leg is weak. I told the comp doc the sharp pain in my leg went away but my back is chronically in pain every day. he says i cant do anything for you and wanted to send me back to work, but i convinced him i cant do it. when i first hurt myself i only had 1 pinched nerve and one herniated disc but i had to keep working because my wife does not and i have 3 small children so this led to a second disc rupture. I am affraid that if im all doped up on pain meds and go back to work that i will hurt myself more and then the docs cant fix me. I went to my surgeon and he said why did he do a 3 level laminectomy there was no need for that . he sent me for a discogram to see if the fusion he wanted to do before is still the case. i went for the test and l4 l5 were extremely painful i almost jumped off the table positive..... i am so tired of this pain that it is tearing my family apart my wife suffers with my children it affects everyone whos around me ... i feel bad that i cant be me i mean i am 28 years old and never had back problems i feel like an old man, but i am going to have the fusion done by my doc i trust him so much, but workers comp is going to cut me off so ill have to worry about income but do you think i would be able to get like a cashiers job no lifting, would i be able to handle it , i dont know what to do anymore i break done alot but dont let my wife or kids see, i hate it . I really would appreciate any info you can give about recovery and my situation thanks.
[QUOTE=hopenj77]i,m sorry to here about your husband, for his pain if severe ask your doc about duregesic transdermal patches, i was on them and i felt no pain. The down side is that they are addictive and he would have to be leaned off. I have a question for you and your husband i'm out on workers comp after 8 months of working as a ibew electrician and under heavy meds for my pain . The comp doc said i had a pinched nerve at l4 and he was going to do a laminectomy. Now I was seeing 2 other orthropedic surgeons and a pain management specialist with my private insurance because workers comp didnt want to kick in. the first comp doc looked at the 2 sets of mris i had and all the reports saying i should have a 1 level laminectomy with a 3 level fusion, do to ruptured disks. the comp doc said your fine the films look great stay in work full duty and stop taking all meds. months later i finally got workers comp to give me a second opinion but little did i know it was the 1st docs college in the same office what a crock huh.... :jester: well im 4 months post laminectomy no fusion comp docs and ajuster are messed up. my back is in so much pain and my left leg is weak. I told the comp doc the sharp pain in my leg went away but my back is chronically in pain every day. he says i cant do anything for you and wanted to send me back to work, but i convinced him i cant do it. when i first hurt myself i only had 1 pinched nerve and one herniated disc but i had to keep working because my wife does not and i have 3 small children so this led to a second disc rupture. I am affraid that if im all doped up on pain meds and go back to work that i will hurt myself more and then the docs cant fix me. I went to my surgeon and he said why did he do a 3 level laminectomy there was no need for that . he sent me for a discogram to see if the fusion he wanted to do before is still the case. i went for the test and l4 l5 were extremely painful i almost jumped off the table positive..... i am so tired of this pain that it is tearing my family apart my wife suffers with my children it affects everyone whos around me ... i feel bad that i cant be me i mean i am 28 years old and never had back problems i feel like an old man, but i am going to have the fusion done by my doc i trust him so much, but workers comp is going to cut me off so ill have to worry about income but do you think i would be able to get like a cashiers job no lifting, would i be able to handle it , i dont know what to do anymore i break done alot but dont let my wife or kids see, i hate it . I really would appreciate any info you can give about recovery and my situation thanks.[/QUOTE]





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