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Advise for workers comp claim. Only 20yrs old w/ damage to disc in lower back!!
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Recently, I slipped on the stairs at my job. The cleaning lady had just mopped them and had no signs out. I got a contusion to my lower back in the tailbone area. There was immediate pain in my back and legs. I could hardly walk. I file a claim and see a Dr. that day that my work is set up through. Place they send me is like an urgent care and they are not ones who take you off work unless you are dying. Dr looks at me and sets up some PT sessions. At this time I also continued to work in a call center sitting all day. Everyday my pain was no less then a 10. Dr. says I failed at PT and we need an MRI. In the course of waiting for MRI. On a Sunday I was getting ready for work this day my pain was a little more then others and I sat on the edge of the bed bent to tie my shoe and my lower back popped!! I lost feeling in both of my legs for about 10 mins and could not move! I call the people I've been seeing and he says you need to go to hospital sounds like I blown a disc. I drove myself to hospital they get me in immediately and give me a shot for the pain and dr comes in and says you can not work like this. A couple days later they approve the MRI. The dr I've been seeing says I blown a disc and it is laying on the sciatic nerve in my left leg which is the reason I had more pain in my leg then I actually did in my back. I see the specialist and he says there are 3 disc that are "damaged" and one is bulging with tears in it and laying on the left sciatic nerve. Now to me a "blown" disc and a "bulging" disc sounds like 2 diff. things. Specialist briefly sees me and orders an epidural steroid injection. I wanted surgery to be my last resort anyways since I am only 20 years old and no back pain ever. I just hired an attorney today cause things were getting too weird for me. I've never been contacted or seen an nurse. And the weekly pay they gave me was completely different then what they said it would be from what the ck was. Like I said I am only 20 yrs old, I don't want to drag this out, but I want to get better again! Any advise welcomed!! Please help!
 
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WC is state specific, so if you ask any specific quesions about the system. We will need to know your state.

a blown disc and bulging disc are the same. If they are pressing on the nerve. You want to get that taken care of in a timely manner. If the impingment is sever and not tken care of in a timely manner. There can be perminent damage. Meaning the nerve may not return to its previous position.
8-05, Micro laminectomy/disectomy. 10-05 lumbar fusion L5-S1. 2-07 exploritory surgery. 12-07 medical implant, Spinal Cord Stimulator. now receiving SSDI. After going back to school, I received my degree as a mechanical engineer. What can I say, it was the only way I had to beat the system. 
 
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(05-12-2012, 01:56 AM)AQA Wrote: WC is state specific, so if you ask any specific quesions about the system. We will need to know your state.

I blown disc and bulging disc are the same. If they are pressing on the nerve. You want to get that taken care of as soon as possible. If the impingment is sever and not tken care of in a timely manner. There can be perminent damage. Meaning the nerve may not return to its previous position.

I am in Indiana. Which from what I understand sucks when it come to WC. I'm just not sure what to do as far as dragging the thing out. I am following everything they say I'm getting the ESI etc. I've been off work for about a month and also had to take a leave from college. I've been in alot of pain since this whole thing and guess just want to know what my options are and how attorneys usually handle these cases. They attorney I hired today seems really concerned cause he has kids that are my age, but like I said I don't want them to drag it out anymore then need be. Thank you for responding!
 
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This is nothing that will be solved over night. When it come to the medical side. The DRs, are going to take the most conservated methods in relation to your injury. PT can help some people and others it will not. It depends on the extent of the injury. Meaning how badly the discs are damaged. The human body is very resilant. It will try and heal itself. The ESI injections may help. They have for some and not for others.

I now you don't want surgery. No body does. I recommend getting a second oppinion before any surgey. With that being said. You may have to have a surgery.

Like I said earlier. You don't want anything pressing on the nerve to long.

I understand you taking leave from school. I hope you return to it when you can.

8-05, Micro laminectomy/disectomy. 10-05 lumbar fusion L5-S1. 2-07 exploritory surgery. 12-07 medical implant, Spinal Cord Stimulator. now receiving SSDI. After going back to school, I received my degree as a mechanical engineer. What can I say, it was the only way I had to beat the system. 
 
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Yes. I agree at 20 I don't want surgery, but if nothing else works I understand I wi have to go with it. Attorney said the same thing about 2nd opinion if surgery comes up. The sciatic pain in my leg is very much more painful then my back is. I have many sleepless nites and try all kinds of positions. I considered myself to be a pretty athletic person before this happened. Now I'm very emotions of depression and anxiety cause I can't do anything or the things I want to do. Very difficult for me to deal with. Do you think it was a good idea for the attorney? The attorney believes we have 2 case one the workers comp claim and two the employer the cleaning lady worked for since she didn't put any signs out. Thank you!
 
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Im not sure on the cleaning lady case but heres what i am sure of,bulging and herniated discs are not the same. Docs cant seem to differenciate between them, but the mri people do,read the mri report.bulging is just that,an enlarged disc that can push on nerves or not,herniations are when it tears and the "jelly" comes out and pushes on nerves or not.bulging discs are easier to heal because it hasnt come out.dont get me wrong sometimes they dont either,i have one that hasnt moved in 9 months now.a year before my injury i got 3 bulging discs at work took a vaca and felt good enough to go back,last year did the same thing but kept working thinking just get through the week,ended up herniating one of those bulging and an upper one.they will not operate untill you do PT,which may or may not make you worse,it was worse in my case.mine happened last july and im finally having surgery this may 30th on the lower disc.lack of progress forced me to get an atty.you are better off with an attorney.the injections are the same as PT,it may or may not work,didnt for me at all.surgery is the next step,which seems like nobody wants but cant live with the pain anymore.here in florida i get 66 and 2/3 of last 13 weeks of pay tax free.get ready for the long haul,save everything you get and read it all! You have a long and confusing road ahead of you and need to learn everything you can,your WC adjuster will lie to you all the time,different docs have different opinions and they all think they're right,you make the final decision on surgery
Does the cleaning lady work for a different company? Good luck with this whole mess its not fun and people and your employer tend to treat you differently after this stuff happens. Try to keep medical open when you do settle, but dont think that will happen anytime soon.good luck again and learn your situation
Also be very carefull with the pills they give you,they're no joke and could destroy your life before you know it.be safe
 
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Thank you very much for the advise. Yes the cleaning lady does work for diff company. I understand it's going to be a difficult route to take :-(
 
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Back injuries are a sob, take your time and get that second oppinion.. PT helped me out the first time around, the second time after reinjuring my self did nothing for me.. You are young so your chances of healing are great, but it takes time.. The excersises your pt should help but dont over do it. Slow stretching worked for me but every one heals differently.. If you dont already they will asign a ncm to go with you to your dr visits.. Some are helpfull and some are out to burn you so dont offer any information about your self because in the end they work for the ins company and will turn on you.....

Take some time to read some threads and post here on the forum.. You will soon find out the more information you know will help you understand the process and learn to be ahead of the game..........Good luck.
 
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@bronco- thank you I appreciate the advise! I just hate goin through this at 20 yrs old. It's a huge headache already. I did about 12 PT sessions and it only seemed to make it worse so we will see what the epidural and some PT does. I want surgery to be my last option to this whole deal. Lawyer acts like surgery is a big posibility, but I hope not.
 
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brandnew 23 I pray the epidural works for you. I had an ESI last month and did receive some relief, with the back but not the leg/nerve pain.

Mostly they are done in sets of 3 injections given as often as 2 weeks apart. The doctor explained to me if the first injections works, there is no need for a 2nd injection. If the 1st injection dosen't work then a 2nd one will be give and same with the 3rd injection.

My injection was given at L4/5, I had lot of cramping of the muscles across the low back at the time of the injection. The doctor said that was a good sign as he was able to get close to the nerve with the injection and the cramping was due to the inflammation.
 
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