I am new to this forum. I am 47 y/o and suffer from Chronic Lower back. My last day of work was July 21, '07. I was a Paramedic for 20 years. Lifting, pulling, etc. took it's toll. In Oct. 2000 I had my first "Specific" injury. A herniated L 3-4, and a buldging T 12/L1. Went to rehab became stronger, and went back to work. well, over the next 7 years I injured myself to the point where I had to get off the street and take a dispatch job. Well, as you all know...that's not a good solution. Sitting for a long period of time isn't comfortable either. I started missing work, going home early, and had a few "Sit downs" with the suits. I had used up all my PTO, and my Family Leave time. Work was pissed, I was in pain, and tempers short. I basically ended up coming home from work one Friday, and never returned. Once I got to the right people they took me oof work that day, and labelled me "Totally Disabled." My MRI, Bone Scan with CT, showed L1-2 herniation and a L5-S1 herniation. Doc told me this was a precarious place to have two of them as it made the top and bottom of the Lumbar spine unstable.
So, the fun started. A gamet of tests, a bunch of different narcs, and 3 other Pain Specialists, and 2 surgery consults bring me to present day. I am currently under the care of a good Doc, that listens, and doesn't seem like he's pushing me out the door whenever I see him. I first saw him on Feb. 1, 08. Since then he has performed 3 facet joint injections, and last Friday I had an RF done. Well, my dilema is...I am still in pretty bad pain. If my math serves me correct, it's been 8 days since the procedure, and no relief. I researched a bit before the procedure, but maily focused on the procedure. Not so much on the Post Procedure findings. Not sure if all Docs are the same in their sedation. But I got Versed, and Fentynal for sedation. Just as with my Facet injections. So I don't remember to much of the procedure mostly, and hardly ever remember the conversations. Suppose that's why it's good that the Wife is there. Whe remembers one of the nurses stating that it could be up to 2 wks. for recovery, or the signs that the procedure worked. Has anyone on here went two weeks with this crap before noticing a diff? I have a few schools of thought right now, at 8 days. 1). It didn't work. 2). It just takes longer than a facet or root injection. Don't really know. So, just wondering if I can get some feedback.
I am on Log term Disability, and my first application for SSD has been submitted to the Board as of 3 or 4 days ago.