I had a work related accident in January of 2008, and ended up with a large herniation that was compressing my nerve roots and spinal chord. Worksafe denied my claim and I had to fight them. I won, however because of the delay I didn't get the surgery for over a year after the incident. The pain subsided but never fully went away.
Worksafe then sent me back to my construction job, in which I had to do a lot of heavy lifting. About six months later the pain came back to the point that I am sometimes immobilized, and can now only handle a certain amount of activity per day. I live with a lot of pain.
I had a CT scan in 2010 that showed disc space changes and mild diffuse disc bulging (L4-5) with a subtle focal disc protrusion and evidence of scarring. I then had a CT scan in 2011 that showed moderate disc bulging (at same) with anterior CSF effacement and slight pressure on the thecal sac. I can not have a MRI as I have metal in my eye from work. I saw a specialist and he said my problem is an expectable complication. Worksafe is citing the 2010 CT scan and ignoring the 2011 one, and claiming it is a difference of medical opinion. They're saying that some of the doctors I saw previous to the 2011 CT scan were of the opinion that I was only left with some mild disc deformity.
Is this opinion, or is it a statement of fact? Is what they're doing the same as claiming that someone doesn't have a broken arm - because an x-ray they had a year before they broke their arm showed no break?
I had 3 steroid injections into my spine but they were of no effect. I've tried nerve specific drugs and either they are ineffectual or I have reactions. Is there anything else that can be done to make this better?View Thread