Can I request a Fusion
Im in the Navy but I need more advice then what I am getting from the Navy Doctors. My doctors are awesome and the listen to me but I don't think they are hearing me.
This is going to be long but please read it out.
I am a 37 yr old male. I weigh 250lbs now. On Dec 26th 2008 I slipped on some ice at my sisters house in Michigan The next day I had some, very minor, pain on the back of my left thigh. As I walked the pain would subdo a bit but never really went away. But I could deal with it.
My family and I drove from Michigan to Virginia and as we moved along the pain was getting worse.
I had to recline the seat all the way back just to releive some of the pain. A week later the pain was in the back of my thigh and right on the back of knee where it bends. I went to the ER and they said I had torn my hamstring and needed to see orthopedic doctor. Well the navy did nothing other then prescribe perocet and valium. I was transferred from Norfolk Virginia to Diego Garcia. A 24 hour flight.
I had a lay over in Bahrain and I saw the clinic there and the doctor wanted to do a MRI but didn't have the time. Now this is January 2009. I was given more meds and sent on the 4 hour flight . I check into the command and they started to treat me for a torn hamstring. 8 weeks later I was worse. I couldn't walk more then 10 ft without having to bend down. The clinic downgrades my meds to motrin.
Six months later they decieded I wasn't faking and sent me to Japan where a MRI was done of my left leg. I was placed on Physical Therapy for 6 weeks and it got worse. I was sent back to the island where I was given more motrin. The pain was horrific. I wanted to cut my leg off.
I went back to my doc and explained that my foot was numb and I couldn't tell when I was done going to the bathroom. He did the lay on your back and he stuck my foot with a needle. I felt nothing.
He wrote a two page report on how I need to exercise more and that if I don't he will recommend I be admiistatively seperated from the Navy. I am a Chief Petty officer with 15 years at the time. I was not going to let him end my career.
I took my 30 days leave and managed to see a neruologist at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. This was the first doctor that heard me and wanted to see what the problem was. We did an MRI of my lower back and an EMG. The MRI showed that the disc between L5 and S1 had ruptured and has been pinching the nerves. He said more then likely it has been going on for months. He did surgery on my back that Friday 9-19-09. So I was in this horrific pain for 9 months.
The surgery went well and i was feeling better till March 2010. I slipped at the grocery store and my pains has been slowly getting worse upto 3 weeks ago. I was painting. PAINTING. And I felt something give in my lower back and my leg, butt, calf and ankle were in massive amounts of pain.
I said to my wife I would rest for the day and if it wasn't better in a few days I would goto the ER at Portsmouth. Well it wasn't better and I did go.
They gave me dilantin and that did nothing for the pain. I need to back up a bit. After my surgery I had lost all reflexes in my ankle and numbess in my left two little toes and up the back of my ankle as well as on the back of my left upper thigh. So the dilantin did nothing for the pain.
I scheduled an appointment to see my regular doctor and he referred me to MRI. They did that last night and I was in huge amounts of pain laying there. My whole left leg went numb while in there. They did the MRI with contrast and without. I was in there 80 minutes. They said they couldn't get a good image. My thigh and but were spasming.
So now my question is. Can I demand/ask/request the nerulogist to do a spinal fusion of the L5/S1? I need the pain gone. I am now at 17 years and the Navy has no place for me in the condition I am in. What can I do?
I will volunteer for any new procedure that needs people. I don't smoke or drink. (I know weird for a sailor LOL) I want the pain gone.
My current medication is:
Vicodine, Neurotin, Mobic, nexium, and diazepam. They do nothign for the pain.
What is next?