Hi False and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am very glad you found us and hope that you will continue to share with everyone here. As you know from reading we all have our own story to tell as to what brought us to this forum. One thing we all have in common is pain and what the effect and impact it has on our lives. Pretty much everyone of us would say I never thought I would end up in this shape or my life in the shape it is in right now.
From what you have listed on the findings of your CT Scans you really do have some bad problems going on with your back that are not going to go away. Of course none of us here are drs but I have read many, many, MRI reports and Ct Scan reports. Has any of the drs in the past recommended surgery to you? I realize with it being worker's comp in the beginning most of the drs are really conservative and trying to save the insurance company a bundle of money. How are you paying for your medical care now? One thing I will only say about having the injections done and I am assuming you are speaking of eppies which are done in a series of thee injections spread out over time. Its a real crap shoot on whether they will help your pain or not. Some folks get relief and some don't. Some of us have had the nerves burned by radio frequency and again, some its helped and some it didn't. You say you are on a waiting list to see a specilaist, may I ask just what kind of list this is, I have never heard of anything like this before. No one should have to wait 9 months to see a specialist and what kind of specialist is this? Do you live in the states? All of the leg pain you speak of sounds very much like a pinched or compressed nerve which comes with narrowing of the spine.
I know a bit about how worker's comp goes, I worked for attys all of my working life and we handled WC claims. But each state is different and have their own laws they go by and it is very restrictive and limiting. I will pass this tidbit on, the incident working at the nursery can be considered a new intervening injury if the old worker's comp insurance company gets wind of it. They would love nothing better than to get off the hook totally. This is why they are not jumping up and down to help you out. They are going to put you under the microscope to see if you have had another incident with your back. The fact that you are doing heavy work at this nursery is something they will look hard at. Did I read in one of your post you were putting some plants in a box and twisted and felt the old pain like before start all over again? They can consider that incident right there a new injury is they want. Its called an aggravation to a pre-existing condition. If you went to see a dr when this plant incident happened alot depends on what you told the dr and what the dr wrote in the medical records. You will most likely have a long battle ahead of you and I hope that you have a good atty helping you out with this. I do hope the atty specializes in WC claims and is not one of these that piddles in a little of this and that. You need someone specialized that handles nothing but worker's comp claims.
I do not know if you have read much about the problems you have going on in your back but I urge you to get online to some place like SpineUniverse.com and read up on your conditions. The more knowledge you have about your back the better for you. I will be honest, considering the shape you are in I am shocked that you are able to do the work you were doing at the nursery, no wonder you are in pain. That type of work is work that should be avoided with someone that has a back in the shape yours is in, this is why I say read up on what you have going on.
Please take care of yourself and keep us posted on how you are doing.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.