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Young, told it's just muscle pain, but I know it's not

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  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1
    edited 12/19/2017 - 5:19 PM

    Don’t worry about what your managers think. The fact that you’re showing up to work every day in pain shows you’re trying really hard.

    Plus you have established a long paper trail of this injury being a nagging, persistent hindrance to your daily life.

    Hopefully the union rep can help you. Not as good as a lawyer but certainly better than nothing.

    Based on the information you’ve shared thus far I’d choose a neurosurgeon.

    If the neurosurgeon says you don’t need surgery, then ask him for a referral to a neurologist (he’ll probably give you a referral to a neurologist even if you don’t request it).

    Of if the neurosurgeon says no to surgery you could get a second opinion from a different neurosurgeon.

    In your specific case I think it makes more sense to go to a neurologist (second) if a neurosurgeon says no to surgery.

  • mikajammikaja Posts: 2
    edited 12/19/2017 - 5:13 PM

    @dilauro thankyou for the clarification! I think it'll definitely help knowing what I'm asking for. :)

    @L4_L5 Standing for 5 hours in a self-serve area is my light duties, sorry, should have specified. Beforehand, I was in Deli meats section, so lots of heavy awkward lifting and bending.

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  • That’s a lot of standing.

    Many people have more trouble sitting versus standing. It sounds like you do better with sitting.

  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1
    edited 12/19/2017 - 5:29 PM

    ...but when I told the doctor I had started experiencing sciatica, he simply told me that it was not sciatica. Nothing else.
    LOL. This doctor is not a spine or nerve specialist so what authority does he have when he’s not the right type of specialist to best interpret your diagnostic studies?!
  • @L4_L5 Ignoring the managers being rude is something that I often tell my coworkers when they are being unnecessarily unfair, I guess I just don't deal well with knowing people are bitching about me. I don't feel bad about my pain or even missing work due to my pain, I refuse to be in so much pain that I can't move, just for $17.5 an hour. Absolutely not worth it to me.

    I'm looking at lawyers at the moment, hoping the union rep will help with that also to make sure I see the right people.

    I'll definitely ask to be referred to a neurosurgeon for a second opinion. Thankyou for that, now I know where to at least start.

    It definitely is a lot of standing! I get bad pain about 30 minutes in. Unfortunately there is no positions at work that allow me to sit. :(

    I think this is the mentality of doctors in my town(pretty small country town). 2 different GPs have said the exact same thing. I think having no specialists in town, GPs carry the mentality that they know best.

    Time to put my adult pants on and demand a specialist LOL.

    Thankyou so much, you've made me so much more comfortable with my thoughts on this, and made me much more confident to go to my GP and actually ask for what I want. :)


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  • Happy to help! Please keep us posted. :-)

  • First off, get rid of your doctor. Get a second and third a opinion from a respected, trustworthy orthopedic surgeon. He should request an MRI With Contrast - have him analyze it and then take those films to another doctor. I had what you have - tried everything you can think of PT guys, injections, medication of all sorts, nothing worked. It was finally determined on the MRI I had a blown disc - even I could easily see it on the film. I had pain running down the front of my leg Severe Sciatica to the point of tears and dropping to the ground - I never new such pain - it just gradually got worse. Well eventually after about a year I had surgery called a LaminOctomy, not to be confused with Laminectomy. He removed the material blown from the disc which was pressing on my spinal cord - it took 3 months to recover - I was out of work for 3 months . Today its a year later and I'm as good as new.

  • Did your work send you to this particular Dr? make sure your Dr is one that you found independently! Also, its a bad sign that your Dr just recommended "yoga". There are so many yoga moves that can cause/exacerbate back problems. Walking is fine, but the advice to do yoga is like saying "stretch" or "exercise". You need specific excercises for your injury and that is what a physical therapist is for . My back problems began WITH yoga! Didnt he send you to a physiatrist/physical therapy?

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,365

    There are many doctors that can read X-Ray and MRI reports and images just as well as spinal specialists. I can call up cases where even a spinal specialists missed something that a physiatrist picked up on. Its a matter of training and dedication to their position.

    You should never request or demand a MRI or any other diagnostic test from your doctor. All approvals for such diagnostic tests have to come from the insurance company. The first step in that process is for the doctor to submit the required rationale and justification for having a test done. And insurance companies are getting tougher and tougher on their approvals. Therefore, any doctor who does such has to really believe such tests are required and necessary to diagnose the problem.

    The days where MRI's were given out at the drop of a hat are long gone.

    I do agree that when you are up against a stone wall with your current doctor, that it is your right to seek another opinion. My feeling has always been that you need at least two doctors that can agree on the diagnosis and the action plan. When it is not, you need to seek a third opinion.

    The fact that you are young, I could see many doctors hoping that through some physical therapy and mild medications they can get you out of your current situation. But they also have to remember when its a situation that needs attention regardless of age.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: [email protected]
  • Considering the OP was hurt at work, worker’s comp. will definitely consider which type of doctor interprets her MRI.

    Worker’s comp. doesn’t consider chiropractors to be spinal experts and would dismiss a chiropractor’s opinion regarding her MRI on the grounds it came from a chiropractor.

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