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possible L5 break and numbness

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  • Posted By: RNTinpain
  • December 9, 2006
  • 08:07 PM

I am extremely frustrated so please bear with me. On 10/10 of this year I wrenched my back at work. I went to the doc who told me to stay down for a week. A week later I went to the chiropractor who did x-rays. The pain was still unbearable and I have no insurance so I thought he would be the best option. After he read my x-rays he came back in and said that he could see 2 small fractures in my L5 and that I needed to go straight to the ER. Without insurance I decided to go to the Indian hospital. The doc there said that he didn't see a break, gave me some pain pills and said to be on bedrest 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, I was still in constant pain so I went to the Indian Clinic. The doc there saw abnormalities on the X-ray but he wasn't sure what they were, sent a referral for physical therapy, and gave me more pills (none of which have worked) I went back 2 weeks later, he referred me for an MRI (I still hadn't heard back about the PT) 3 weeks later, still haven't heard back about the MRI OR the PT. I went to the doc again on Wednesday of this week and complained about some pain and tingling in my leg, as well as a few instances of losing feeling in my leg. He referred me to the neurologist (keep in mind I have not heard back from any of the previous referrals). I once again asked him for a specific pain pill, which I had left over from a hysterectomy 3 years ago and I knew worked on the pain without gettering me out. My pain is constant at an 8 (on the scale of 1-10) and with the pills HE has given me (we have tried Darvocet, Talwin, Ultram, 800 mg Ibu., and Flexoril--all in combination with little relief) there is little relief. We were taught that pain is the 5th vital sign. I understand that he sees seekers on a daily basis, and the drug I am asking for is popular with the seekers, but it is effective for MY pain. With it taking so long for these 'referrals' to go through, I would think that his priority would be to keep me comfortable. Apparently not. The pain is bothersome, but I am almost used to it. The numbness and tingling is worse and last night I almost seriously hurt myself trying to drive to the grocery store (I couldn't feel my foot, or 90% of my leg for that matter while I was driving. I managed to slow down by downshifting and was able to stop with the E-break until my husband could come and get me) Without insurance I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, and me not being able to work has strapped us financially anyway. I worked in the ER for 3 years and I am pretty sure what they are going to do/say. I am at my wits end. I have tried to go up the chain of command with the Indian people, I have written Congress. I can't take this anymore! Does ANYONE have ANY suggestions? I am a nurse, I know enough to be concerned, and not enough to self treat. HELP!

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  • I have a very similiar condition. Mine did not start with an injury. I woke up one morning with pain in my right buttock area. It did travel all the way down my right side. I have had this condition since May and have tried chriopratic,massage,physiotherary,traction,acupunture and the condition remains although different. I now only have slight to no pain from my right knee down to my right foot but my right calf area is numb and tingling always -same with my right foot and I have no reflex in my right ankle. I am scheduled for an MRI in January and it has been a frustrating wait. The doctor thinks it could be a bulging disk and the physiotherapist also thinks it is this in my L5-S1. Only the MRI will tell and I have just accepted this because otherwise I would drive myself crazy. Good luck
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    • December 11, 2006
    • 07:41 AM
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