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Posted in: Back pain, and Chronic pain.

Help Needed

Started by 100000655094566... on 04/12/2012 8:26am

Hello everyone, I'm new to the site! I'm looking for some insight on how I can find the right neurosurgeon to help me with my back. I have seen numerous ones in my area and have heard the same thing over and over again, "Sorry, there is nothing we can do for you". OK here's the problem.....I'm 37 years old and a roofer, 5 yrs ago I was in a construction accident, the staging i was on collapsed...I hit the ground 1st from 17' and then staging and all materials on staging landed on top of me (was a 1,000lb real life pig pile with myself on the bottom). I've had 4 MRIs, all have indicated L3,L4,L5 to be damaged, small tear at S1, torn ligaments in my spine, disc degenerative disease. I have gone to physical therapy, which i had to stop going to because of the amount of pain I was in and was making things worse on myself. I have had facet/nerve block injections. At the moment I'm on medications for my pain management. Each doctor feels I am well enough to go back to work, I cannot live in this pain that I have everyday, it is putting me in a depressed state. I also don't want to rely on medication. I seen 1 doctor who had said that.."They should have operated on this after my accident and your outcome would be totally different than it is now". So, what i gather is, 5 yrs ago it would of been ok to operate on my back to fix it, but now we wont touch you, you need to suffer...basically thats what I'm doing..suffering! Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all!

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Have you looked at other doctor's for 2nd or 3rd opinions?


yes i have, same thing...nothing can be done or none of them wants to take it on