My Back, and going to the NEW doctor tommorow to hear about my MRI

  1. :uhoh21: I have been facing horrible horrible hip pain, went to an ortho doctor x's 2. First time recieved a cortisone in jection, in my left hip, second visit, pain was worst, I told him politly, I am not leaving until he can help take away the pain. Explained the pain, he did a more in dept test, testing my reflexes, and more. He stated in his opinion I have lost 50% feeling , nerve damage in my left leg,Well, he went and did the second injection, which I SWEAR I could feel it going up my spine. Okay, so he was unhappy about that, he ordered an MRI that day. Well, I went and did it, late for work, but I got it in. So they call me the next day to inform me that it isn't actually my HIP, it is in my spine, I have spinal stenosis in L5 and S1, and have a buldging disc, and also mild degenerative vertabra problems. He got me into a diffenrent doctor who seems to specialize in spine problems, I go to her in the morning, I am a bit scared. Why, I don't know if I can handle any limitations, will my job allow it? Am I covered at all IF I will have to have limitation, such as lifting, what the treatments are for all of this, I KNOW I can not live in this continous pain, oh the unknown, the worste feeling in the world for me now, I have been a nurse in LTC for over 15 years, at this facility I love now for almost 3 years. I need some encouragement, and if anyone has gone through this PLEASE share with me your hints, stories, it will help me, I am a wreck, haven't been able to sleep since Tuesday when they read some of the MRI results to me on the phone....thanks for all and ANY input.
    JoBug

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    Last edit by P_RN on Mar 25, '06
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Sorry to read about your aches and pains. Have a successful visit at the office. Best wishes to you.
  4. by   needs help
    JoBug, how are you doing since you saw the new MD? I was planning on replying to your first post but due to what sounds like very similar circumstances I cannot stay at my desk and computer very long. Honestly I have a stickie on the screen for me to reply to your post. At most of my jobs I became known as the "stickie queen" because of the amount of post-it's I used all the time. PLEASE update up on your progress. If you are unable to reply at this time I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.
  5. by   JoBug
    Thank you so much for remembering. Well, I went to the new doc, she didn't say a WHOLE lot, but to focus on me getting control of the pain for now, I am schedualed for an epidural steroid injection in my spine on the 29th. This is a "maybe it will help" situation. She didnt want to talk about much long term effects or anything for "now", not sure I am impressed with her or not. She DID give me Flexeril for bedtime, and darvacet N100 for pain, I have been taking the darvacet and it helps a bit, I just can't take anything too strong and work. I will keep you updated, thanks so much for the replies, and caring, it means alot to me.
    JoBug
  6. by   Thunderwolf
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

    Wolfie
  7. by   needs help
    Due to computer problems and medical probs. with my hubby I have not been here for a while. I was wondering if the steroid injection helped you? Also if the MD has your pain under better control? I do have a suggestion for you. In an earlier post you said you were taking DCN-100 for pain and it helped "a bit" well if you can't work with anything stronger perhaps the MD can give you something stronger for your days off at least. That way you will have at least a few days that your pain is under better control. Please let up know how you are doing. I hope you are feeling much better now. Rhonda


    Quote from JoBug
    Thank you so much for remembering. Well, I went to the new doc, she didn't say a WHOLE lot, but to focus on me getting control of the pain for now, I am schedualed for an epidural steroid injection in my spine on the 29th. This is a "maybe it will help" situation. She didnt want to talk about much long term effects or anything for "now", not sure I am impressed with her or not. She DID give me Flexeril for bedtime, and darvacet N100 for pain, I have been taking the darvacet and it helps a bit, I just can't take anything too strong and work. I will keep you updated, thanks so much for the replies, and caring, it means alot to me.
    JoBug
  8. by   P_RN
    JoBug if you're still here, can you give an update? Have you applied for Workers Comp...there is a tight time frame but it's always a good idea. In my state there doesn't have to be an immediate cause: eg: "at 3:07 pm I picked up......." I feel for you and wish you the very best outcome.

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