Hi Chris and welcome to Healing Well. You have come to right place for some understanding and someone to talk to about
pain. Everyone on here knows about
pain so we do understand.
So you are now stuck with a dr that can only tell you that you are too young to be in pain. Well, I am here to tell you that is pure BS. Its obvious why you hurt you injured your back. You did not say how you hurt it whether it was lifting incident or fall or watever. You work in construction which carries a very high rate for injuries. Did you actually see your MRI report or are you going by what the dr told you. Many times dr will say an MRI is normal but you may very well have a little something going on. In that drs eyes he may consider that insignificant and says its normal. Get a copy of your report and let us know what it says.
My next thought is this; since you have done PT and injections to no relief I would get me a second opinion with a new ortho. If it has been over a year, I would then ask the new dr to consider repeating the MRI and compare it to the first one. If it all checks out ok then ask for a referral to a pain mgt dr. It is not uncommon to have to see more than one dr to get any kind of help or relief. Many times if an MRI is done right after an injury nothing will show up, but if you repeat it a year later many times something will show up. Thats based on not having reinjured yourself somewhere else.
Since this is work related I am assuming worker's comp insurance is paying for your medical care. With that in mind you will have to contact them to get approval for a second opinion. They will ask why you want to see another dr and just tell them he does not act interested in your care and instead of getting better you are getting worse. Tell them you need a dr that is interested enough to get you back up on your feet. That usually does the trick. Always keep it brief when talking to them.
Keep us posted on how you are coming along....Susie