Welcome to HW. I am really glad you found us. From what I read in your post you are terribly frustrated, in alot of pain and feel your drs are running you in circles. We have a great group of peeps here on this board. We come here for support, knowledge, to vent, or tell how rotten of a day we are having. I think you get the picture. Nothing is sacred with us here on this board. LOL.
I have some questions, what state do you live in, what are the comp laws in your state as far as reporting an injury to employer. Here in Tx they say report it immediately, but state law says you have 7 days to report an injury. Each state is different.
Have you had any testing, such as an MRI or CT SCAN, or an emg to see if there is nerve damage going? If any of these tests have been done what was the final results of the test. Has any of your drs said you need surgery? Have you been seen by a rheummy to confirm AS & RA? If not you need to consult with one. They are the better judge of confirming these two.
Due to the amt of pain and medicine you are on and you are still in pain, have you considered seeing a pain management specialist? Alot of times peeps end up with chronic pain as a result of an injury, very true if you did not get proper care immediately. I am under the care of a pain mgt dr and have been over a year. Due to severe chronic pain and not being able to tolerate alot of meds I ended up having a morphine pump implanted on June 29, 2005. It really has helped me.
Please write back with some answers to my questions, and again welcome to HW.
Susie and All, thanks for your posts. I live in Tucson Az and I found out I have 1 year to report an injury. I am working on the Industrial Claim. And filing a complaint against the doctor that told me it was all in my head. I had MRI's and all sorts of tests. I do have a Rheummy and she seems to be a good doctor and is trying whatever she can to help with my pain. Arizona has a real problem with Pain Management Specialist, the last one that was at the U of A just up and quit. The U of A is closing the pain clinic soon. I hope this new medicine helps me without killing my stomach and ruining my eyes.
I want to thanks you all again for writing to me and letting me know someone cares. This site is the best.